1950's Howard Shoup Couture Black Velvet & Ivory Satin Strapless Gown & Shawl

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Breathtaking 1950's black velvet & ivory-white satin sculpted hourglass gown by the famous Beverly Hills designer, Howard Shoup. Howard was an American costume designer who received five Academy Award nominations throughout his lifetime. He designed his own collections and modified each garment to assure his clients that their dresses would be one‐of‐a‐kind. This captivating ensemble is not only timeless but an extremely rare find. The bodice is an alluring low-cut plunge shelf-bust strapless with hand-stitched applique cording. The gown even still has the optional shawl-wrap for when the night cools down. The skirting is unbelievable; a flattering hourglass nipped-waist met by dramatic asymmetric draping! I love the complex styling which totally channels the great work of Christian Dior. I totally imagine this show-stopper gliding down the red carpet!

Measurements
Bust:32-33 inches
Waist:25 inches
Hips:Free Sweep
Length top to waist:10 inches
Length waist to hem:40 inches

This Howard Shoup designer couture gown is in excellent condition with no rips or holes. The inside is fully boned and all hand-finished. Perfectly working back metal-zipper. Only sign of age is some minor underarm wear and two faint spots on the skirt which get loss in the fullness. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value!
Details
Designer
Howard Shoup
In the Style Of
New Look
Place of Origin
United States
Period
1950-1959
Condition
Excellent
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dealer Location
Beverly Hills, CA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU3091893603
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1stdibs seller since 2012
Located in Beverly Hills, CA