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1950s Black Silk Evening Dress With Peplum and Beaded Collar


This stylish 1950s black silk evening dress is a stunning combination of design features, achieving a deeply glamorous yet formal evening look. The mid-length sleeves and peplum detail in addition to skilled tailoring at the waist and hip creates a flattering, well defined silhouette. The key feature of the piece is the manner in which the delicate beadwork embellishment is incorporated in the plunging Chinese -style neckline. Tiny rocaille beads are threaded into delicate tassels and strategically draped across the front right shoulder of the garment in a gentle curve. Here, the beadwork slips through a window in the bodice at the front to create a decorative modestly screen over the breast area. The embellishment consolidates atop of the shoulder at which point it falls forwards at a playful descent, the movement of the tassels delightfully tempering the slick austerity of the black silk. In excellent condition, this piece has an air of timeless modernity , and the classic line makes compliment to the bust and hips of a fuller figure. Unlabelled but of extremely high quality and likely to have been retailed in an American department store. Would best suit US size 10, UK size 14.


  • Designer
  • Place of origin
    United States
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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 42 in.

    D 106.68 cm

  • Marked size
    10 - 12 (US)
  • Bust
    42 in. (106.68 cm)
  • Waist
    30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Hip
    44 in. (111.76 cm)
  • Length
    42 in. (106.68 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
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