1960's Documented Yma Sumac Yellow Silk-Chiffon & Ostrich-Feather Caftan Dress

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Yma Sumac (1922–2008) was a noted Peruvian soprano and the original Queen of Exotica. Her International fame began in the early 1950's. She was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music. She is remembered best for her extraordinary vocal range, which was well over four and a half octaves. She was also quite the fashionista, and in 2010 'V' fashion magazine voted her one of the top 5 World Muses!
This stunning yellow silk-chiffon dress comes from her personal wardrobe. I love the caftan mini silhouette which is so flattering to the figure. The sheer ostrich-feather sleeve trimming is so flirty and timeless! As Damon, Yma Sumac's personal assistant, told me, "Yma herself was behind the making of any of her custom made clothes. She loved elegance mixed with a touch of exotic. I was fascinated to see how much effort was put into each piece and the contraptions she had added inside for the perfect physique no matter what her age or weight at the time.' A piece like this is one-of-a-kind and a true piece of celebrity history.

Measurements
Bust:35-36 inches
Waist:32 inches
Hips:37 inches
Total Length:34 inches

This vintage custom-made Yma Sumac dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. This item is over 50 years old and is truly gorgeous!

Details

  • Designer
    Unknown
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU3091100162
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