c.1947 Nina Ricci Haute Couture Black Lace & Taffeta Gown For Sale
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c.1947 Nina Ricci Haute Couture Black Lace & Taffeta Gown

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This is a rare and early Nina Ricci dress that is not perfect but still quite beautiful and important as it would have been made while she was the head of the atelier. It is constructed from a combination of a heavy black silk taffeta and a dense embroidered lace bodice with a net base. I found some reference photos that show that same lace inset technique used on this dress. I believe the interior structure of the bodice was removed so I will address that first. It has no interior construction and no boning whatsoever so if it does not fit you bang on you will need to add something for support. The advantage of this, and why I think someone deconstructed the interior, is that in the state it currently is in, the bodice becomes semi-transparent between the lace. The top edges do not seem properly finished if you look at them closely and I think this was a result of removing whatever structure use to be inside not a change in the original design. That all said, you could wear it exactly as is and be fine. The bodice follows the body and the waist is cinched with an inner waist stay that holds the dress perfectly in place. It extends past the waist and into the skirt in a series of angled points and these are also semi-transparent through the lace parts. The skirt is made from yards of silk taffeta and finished with a wide ruffled hem. It is in overall excellent condition for what has been done to it and could be worn as is or with some addition to the interior for more support depending on the fit on you. Unlined and closes with a fine painted metal zipper. Please read full description above. Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Bodice: 11.5" from top of bodice to waist Skirt: 43" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML Send us a note to see these Reference Photos: (1) "Minuit" Evening Dress by Nina Ricci, 1947 / (2) Nina Ricci Strapless Evening Gown by Maurice Tabard, 1947. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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  • Condition Details
    I believe the interior structure of the bodice was removed & the top edges do not seem properly finished if you look at them closely and I think this was a result of removing whatever structure used to be inside. Please read full description.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Altered (not by designer).
  • Dimensions
    D 54.5 in.D 138.43 cm
  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Length
    54.5 in. (138.43 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Rockwood, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    Item# DD2879
  • Reference Number
    LU1283507083
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