1950s Black Silk Evening Dress With Peplum and Beaded Collar

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This stylish 1950s black silk evening dress is a stunning combination of design features, achieving a deeply glamorous yet formal evening look. The mid-length sleeves and peplum detail in addition to skilled tailoring at the waist and hip creates a flattering, well defined silhouette. The key feature of the piece is the manner in which the delicate beadwork embellishment is incorporated in the plunging Chinese -style neckline. Tiny rocaille beads are threaded into delicate tassels and strategically draped across the front right shoulder of the garment in a gentle curve. Here, the beadwork slips through a window in the bodice at the front to create a decorative modestly screen over the breast area. The embellishment consolidates atop of the shoulder at which point it falls forwards at a playful descent, the movement of the tassels delightfully tempering the slick austerity of the black silk. In excellent condition, this piece has an air of timeless modernity , and the classic line makes compliment to the bust and hips of a fuller figure. Unlabelled but of extremely high quality and likely to have been retailed in an American department store. Would best suit US size 10, UK size 14.

Details

  • Designer
    Unknown
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Material Notes
    Silk
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    42 in. L
    107 cm L
  • Marked Size
    10 - 12 (US)
  • Bust
    42 in. (107 cm)
  • Waist
    30 in. (76 cm)
  • Hip
    44 in. (112 cm)
  • Length
    42 in. (107 cm)
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU5503207763
About the Seller

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Located in London, GB

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