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Jacques Cassia Haute Couture Strapless Brocade Party Dress, 1950s
Though his work has only recently begun to be appreciated, Lebanese designer Jacques Cassia was a familiar face among the haute monde in the 1960s and 70s. His best-known work was a cross between Paco Rabanne and Halston: silk jersey maxi dresses with metal bustiers and revealing cutouts. This dress from the 1950s is an extremely rare example of his early work, which was much more traditional in design but painstakingly well made. Very few of Cassia’s early designs remain available, much less wearable; this Dior-esque dress is one of them. Strapless dress with brocade bodice and split-front circle skirt trimmed in matching metallic brocade. Deeply darted bodice reinforced with flexible boning at front, back and side seams; fixed brocade bow at center waist. Rear metal zipper closure with top hook and eye; interior grosgrain waistband strap with hook and eye closure at center back. Hidden hanging straps. Bodice lined in pink acetate; skirt unlined. fabric: metallic silk brocade noteworthy: dry clean only alterations: replaced bodice stays condition: good with two light spots on right front and rear of skirt and extremely gentle silk “shattering” at rear zipper measurements: bust: 34” underbust/ribcage: 29” bodice length: 10” in front, 6” in back waist: 25 ½” hips: free skirt length: 26 ½” total length: 35 ½” from underarm sweep: 183” hem: 2 ½” label: Jacques Cassia Haute Couture (Beyrouth) size: no size tag present; comparable to modern size small-medium
- DesignerJacques Cassia
- BrandJacques Cassia
- In the Style OfNew Look
- Place of OriginLebanon
- Material NotesBrocadeSilkBonedStay
- Condition DetailsTwo faint spots (right skirt front and rear) and extremely gentle silk “shattering” at rear zipper.
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- Marked Sizecomparable to size S - M (US)
- Seller LocationPhoenix, AZ
- Seller Reference Number0811.09.256
- Reference NumberLU86433397353
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