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Bonwit Teller 'New Look' Black Silk Faille Evening Coat Dress, C.1950



This amazing piece sold through Bonwit Teller, Philadelphia, C.1950, and is intended to be an evening coat but it could easily turn heads as a dress all on its own. The heavy weight black silk faille fabric is tiered at the bodice providing a portrait style collar and a cape silhouette at the back. The cinched waist is emphasized by darts and follows the 'New Look' trend of the early 1950's and the front sports a hidden hook to keep everything in place. Fully lined with hidden side pockets. If planning to wear it as a dress, you might need to add more hook closures or consider adding a belt as shown in photographs 14 and even a crinoline would be nice as shown in photograph 15. Please note: the belt and the crinoline in the photographs are not included but both are available in separate listings on the Modern & Moore home page. CONDITION The coat dress is in very good condition with a little wear to the fabric at the darts on the waist as shown in photograph 13. It does not affect the integrity of the fabric or the wearability of the dress. SIZING & MEASUREMENTS The size is not marked though the dress best fits a U.S. size 4 with attention to the following measurements which were taken with the front hooked closed. For visual reference, the mannequin in the photographs is a size 4. Bust 36" Waist 25" Hips 44" Shoulder Length Taken Across Back (under the tiers) 15" Length From Shoulder to Hem 47" Length From Shoulder to Waist 15"


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  • Dimensions
    Length: 47 in. (119.38 cm)Marked Size: Unmarked (Best Fits Size 4) (US)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Hip: 44 in. (111.76 cm)
  • Style
    New Look (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Black silk faille fabric with rayon lining.
  • Condition
    Very good condition with a little wear to the fabric at the darts on the waist as shown in photograph 13. It does not affect the integrity of the fabric or the wearability of the dress.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU487310838432

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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