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1950's Historical Yma Sumac Beaded Blue Satin & Chiffon Strapless Evening Gown


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 silk-satin and chiffon gown comes from her personal wardrobe. I love the seductive fully-boned sweetheart plunge, shelf-bust strapless. The rich teal-blue color is so vibrant and timeless!. The nipped-waist, hourglass side drape design finishes this garment off with the perfect "femme fatale" vibe. 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:33-34 inches Waist:25 inches Hips:Free Sweep Bodice Length:10.5 inches Skirt Length:45 inches This vintage custom-made Yma Sumac two-piece couture gown ensemble is in excellent condition with no rips or holes. Perfectly working back hooks and inner corset-boning. This item is over 50 years old and is truly gorgeous!


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  • In the Style Of
    Femme Fatale
  • Place of origin
    United States
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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    25 in. (63.5 cm)
  • Seller location
    Beverly Hills, CA
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