1940s Silk Draped Femme Fatale Dress

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This is an absolutely stunning example of the 1940s film noir, femme fatale dress. It is a masterpiece of drape and the fabric is equally wonderful. A matte crepe silk has a couple dancing worked into and through the silk in a relief that has a slight matte silk satin feel to it. These swirl across the dress and add a beautiful second layer of texture and interest. The cut of this piece is amazing and worthy of any of the great current designers who specialize in drape and cut., The shoulders are string with light padding and the sleeves narrow and button in a row at each wrist, The waist nips in and the skirt drapes on the bias to form a stunning draped creation. It narrows at the hem and at the front is a bias cut draped panel that emphasizes a girls shape without adding any bulk or volume on the actual hips. Genius and in excellent condition.

Shoulders: 15.5
Bust: 19” flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14” flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 24” flat across from side seam to side seam of the lining
Bodice: 18" from shoulder to dropped waist seam at the front
Skirt: 28" from dropped waist seam at the front to hem

Unlined and bias cut so drapes amazingly. It closes with a short back painted metal zipper at the neck and a side, painted metal zipper. Each cuff has 5 fabric covered buttons and fabric loops to close. Light padding in the shoulders original to the dress. The draping at the front forms a sort of "cheat" half pocket on either side of the center seam.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (4-6)
Marked Size
XS-SML (4-6)
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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About The Seller
Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON