1 of 11 images

c1959 Maggy Rouf Haute Couture Champagne Silk Gown


The woman behind the Maggy Rouff label was Maggy Besançon de Wagner and she started her own label in 1928 after a working at the Haute Couture house of Drecoll. The Maggy Rouf house joined the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris in 1929 and continued to produce Haute Couture until 1965. She developed a staunch following for her gowns and one of the mainstays of her design was that each gown have a main focal point. Draping techniques, as we see portrayed magnificently in this gown, where a signature element. I spoke to the person who handled the sale of this dress for the original owner and this was custom made for her to wear to a New Years eve party - around 1958 or '59. The gown is tremendously beautiful and has all the hallmarks of Haute Couture. It is entirely made by hand and the fabric a rich, heavy weight, champagne silk satin. It is strapless and seems to wrap around the body with soft suggestions of draping down the front and hand placed seamed drapes and curved seams over the bodice. The back is magnificent with a double layered training of fabric that attaches across the waist and hip line in a complicated series of hooks and snaps, resulting in a beautiful cascading column of shimmering silk sweeping across the back skirt. It is highlighted with little swirls of hand applied teeny tiny silver sequins for an extra bit of glimmer. Inside is a full boned and net bodice as well as a series of inner hooked stays to hold the dress in place. Where the skirt folds over itself there is actually a bit of a dip, cleverly hidden under the back training, but you will get a glimpse of leg when you sit or move a certain way - a very subtle sexuality. Presents as excellent condition but please do read the description notes. There is a complete boned and net inner foundation garment and a series of hooked stays that run down and behind the zipper. There is a minor "grubbiness" to the fabric along the edges of parts of the side bodice, hem and zipper area (hidden once the train is in place) and very minor surface scuffs to the fabric here and there but nothing that stands out as a large flaw. Completely made by hand as Haute Couture demands and remarkable construction. Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: 10.5" from top of bodice to waist Skirt: 42.5" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.


  • Designer
    Maggy Rouf
  • Brand
    Maggy Rouf
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. minor "grubbiness" to the fabric along the edges of parts of the side bodice, hem and zipper area (hidden once the train is in place) and very minor surface scuffs to the fabric here and there but nothing that stands out as a large flaw.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 54 in.

    D 137.16 cm

  • Bust
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Waist
    12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Hip
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Length
    54 in. (137.16 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2172
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Toronto, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller

c1968-1970 Pierre Cardin Haute Couture Purple G...

Pierre Cardin, Pierre Cardin

There is a certain silhouette that is closely associated with Pierre Cardin and although I love the look that instantly flashes into mind when you think of Cardin, he was actually a ...


1970s Stavropoulos Couture Layered Bias Cut Sil...

George Stavropoulos was an amazing designer and his work is extremely overlooked in my opinion. He was known for his evening wear and his signature looks often involved draping and t...


1960s Malcolm Starr Silk, Sequin, Beads & Cryst...

Malcolm Starr, Malcolm Starr

Elinor Simmons designed for the Malcolm Starr label from the early 1960s to 1972 and you can see her handiwork in this classic Starr piece with its almost sculptural lines and elab...


James Galanos Couture Draped Printed Floral Sil...

James Galanos, James Galanos

This unusual and striking Galanos dress dates to the late 1970s, early 1980s, and combines a silk twill with silk chiffon to create the layered print effect that you see. The entire ...

You May Also Like

Summer 1996 Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Par...

Christian Lacroix

CHRISTIAN LACROIX (Haute Couture) Dress composed of knitting crochet of several fabric in parma tie and dye shades interlaced with silk muslin and lame threads and adorned with multi...


Yves Saint Laurent White and Gold Tulle and Bla...

Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent

YVES SAINT LAURENT RIVE GAUCHE (Made in France) Evening dress composed of a skirt with several layers of white tulle embroidered with gold plumetis and a black velvet and gold galloo...


Loris Azzaro white silk taffeta set with sequin...

Unknown, Loris Azzaro

LORIS AZZARO (Attributed to) Gorgeous set made of white silk taffeta. The thin strap bustier is embroidered with sequins and black beads at collar and bust in a floral pattern. The c...


2000s Chanel silk chiffon summer dress in brown...

Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL BOUTIQUE (Made in France) Short summer dress composed of silk chiffon in light brown and beige colors. The bustier part is decorated with two fabric yokes to be tied at the ba...


Paco Rabanne perforated white dress, 2010s

Paco Rabanne, Unknown

PACO RABANNE – White viscose dress with thin shoulder straps. The part under the bust is perforated and decorated with silvery metal circles. Mid-calf length. Back zip and hook closu...


1920s Night Blue and Goldtone Lame Dress


ANONYME Beautiful dress of the 1920s made of chiffons of blue night night embroidered with goldtone lame threads and blue beads and decorated with two flowers in fabric embroidered l...

$1,998 Sale Price
20% Off

Dsquared Grecian Style Drape Runway Dress Gown ...

dsquared, dsquared

Dsquared stunning white jersey gown with plunging neckline and wide geometric pattern gold leather belt. Open back. Back zipper closure. Size: xs; bust: to 30"; waist: 23-24"; le...


Christian Dior by Galliano "Hommage to Mariano ...

Christian Dior

1999 John Galliano, for the House of Dior, designed a homage to Mariano Fortuny collection. This Delphos dress fashioned of accordian pleated eggshell white china silk in the fashion...