1940s Silk & Ice Blue Satin Inset Tie Gown

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The forties are so on trend this season (hurrah!) and I have some fantastic pieces to share. This one is really exceptional. Its a masterpiece of draping! Made of a fluid heavier black silk mixed with an ice blue liquid silk satin inset along the front. Its deceptive size wise as it is cut to drape - my mannie is actually a small and it is not pinned on her just draped so it will fit a variety of figures. It slips on and the front satin is actually cut almost to the waist. This is done so you can fold it over and drape it into place. Attached ties wrap around to cinch or be ultra brave and leave them at the back and allow it to plunge! There is miles of fabric in the inset and I adore the icy blue color. This has a definite madame Gres feel to the draping and is a fabulous example of function blened with bias cut draping. Excellent condition.

Shoulders: 15” from seam to seam

Bust: to 21” across from side seam to side seam

Waist: to 18” across from side seam to side seam

Hips: open

Length: 51” from midback at the neck to bottom hem with the satin hanging a inch or two lower when worn

Sleeves: 27” from shoulder seam to longest point - they may have been cuffed at some point - there is a seam at 23". The end is finished well so its being left as found

The dress is unlined and skips over the head. There is a grosgrain band inside at the waist that hooks into place. An attached tie can be cinched or worn at the back. Occasional scuff to the satin but because of the way it drapes you don't notice anything when worn - am just being super picky. It should be dry cleaned when cleaned again in the future.

Modern Sizing equivalent: MED (8-12)
Marked Size
MED (8-12)
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
Number of Items
Reference Number
Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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