1950's Elizabeth Arden Couture Blue-Roses Lace Strapless Hourglass Trained Gown

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Breathtaking sapphire-blue roses floral chantilly-lace gown created by Italian designer Fernando Sarmi when he was head designer for Elizabeth Arden in the 1950's. Ferdinando Sarmi expressed interest in fashion during his youth but was discouraged from pursuing a design career by his father. Sarmi stated in a 1965 interview with Time, "in Italy, when the oldest son tells his father he wants to be a dress designer, it's like a woman saying she intends to be a prostitute." During the late 1950's he developed a wonderful reputation as a top designer, wooing an influential clientele that included celebrities, New York socialites and foreign dignitaries. Pat Nixon wore a Sarmi gown to her husband's second Inaugural Ball in 1957. He was best known for opulent evening looks and for his use of extravagant fabrics. This heavenly evening gown is a perfect example of his genius. Just look at the beautiful low-cut plunge, slightly ruched boned bodice. This figure flattering garment accentuates the bust and skims the hips as it flows to the floor in a classic hourglass style. The attached skirting is unbelievable; a draped full-length train fit for a princess! The yards and yards of flowing couture lace finish this garment off with a gorgeous ethereal vibe. I totally see this gown gliding down the red carpet.

Measurements
Bust:35-36 inches
Waist:27 inches
Hips:38 inches
Length top to waist:11 inches
Length waist to hem:42 inches

This Elizabeth Arden designer couture gown is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. The inside is fully boned and all hand-finished. Perfectly working back metal-zipper. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value!

Details

  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dealer Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU3091890563
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