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CEIL CHAPMAN 1950’s Cocktail Dress


quote by Ceil Chapman, Elmira NY Star Gazette, May 20, 1955 "It’s my conviction that a low neckline which surrounds a pretty frame of folds, frills or color contrast will never go out of fashion, no matter what the style flashes say. It is the proper setting for feminine prettiness, has been for centuries, and will be for centuries to come, I expect. The rising neckline is for the super chic, the plunging neckline for the super-siren, but the one that is pretty is the one that can’t miss.” This Ceil Chapman 50’s era vintage cocktail dress with an abstract floral pattern in yellow, orange, green and black soft polished cotton is exactly the dress she was describing back in 1955. Sleeveless, near off-shoulder plunging scoop neckline front and back; the dress has a semi-boned bodice with asymmetrical pleats fanning out on the stiffened skirt; signature draping with bow detail at the waist. Hidden back metal zip closure. Fully lined with cotton. A timeless dress which will “never go out of fashion” as the designer herself said. . Two Labels: Ceil Chapman (black writing on white label) Julius Garfinckel & Co. Washington DC


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    Ceil Chapman
  • Place of origin
    United States
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  • Dimensions

    D 26 in. x L 26 in.

    D 66.04 cm x L 66.04 cm

  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Length
    26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Seller location
    Palm Beach, FL
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