Norman Norell Vintage Dress in Green W/ Sequins Prominent Fashion Family Estate
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Norman Norell Vintage Dress in Green W/ Sequins Prominent Fashion Family Estate

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We are very pleased to offer this vintage Norman Norell Evening ensemble. This is a 2 piece evening dress with a green knit skirt and a gorgeous green sequin covered long sleeved top with a green sequin belt. Please scroll down and press "continue reading" to read all of the details about this outfit including the detailed provenance of the dress. The top is unlabeled but has all of Norell's signature handwork including zippers on the cuffs , the bra snaps he used, and it has the same "front" label he used in his pieces. The skirt is lined in Norell's finely tailored, signature way and has a Talon zipper with a hook and eye at the top and also the same "front" label used by Norell in his clothing. There is a customer custom label with the initials of the owner still pinned to the underside of the dress. There is a 3 and 3/4" hem that could be let out if the skirt is too short. This top is very similar to the silver one from the same estate that we have listed on 1stdibs that comes with a black jersey skirt. Top - BUST: 36-38" LENGTH: 24" SLEEVES: 22" SHOULDERS: 16" Skirt - WAIST: 28" L ENGTH: 36" This gorgeous outfit came from the estate of a woman from a prominent Northwest fashion family and she and her mother both owned several Norman Norell pieces. Her daughter remembers traveling with her mother and grandmother to New York to see Norell's latest collections and for their dress fittings by Norell himself. She remembers attending the fitting at the studio of someone named Lydia Kessler (?) at 72nd and Madison. Provenance is important to us and we hope you will enjoy reading a little more about the two women who owned the beautiful clothing we are so honored to be selling. Their daughter/granddaughter provided this small glimpse into her family's fashion history! The Meier Family, Schwartz Family and Sadowsky Family were prominent members of the fashion industry for 150 years. Reuben Sadowsky was a prominent real estate and garment tycoon in the 19th century, having erected the Sadowsky Building at 1372 Broadway, NYC, the first manufacturing site in “Garment Town”. Many of the Norell pieces that we are listing on 1stdibs were originally designed for Reuben’s only daughter, Betty Sadowsky Schwartz of New York City). Betty Sadowsky married Harry Schwartz, who owned National Department Stores. Harry Schwartz (Betty’s husband) was a close college friend of Oscar Hammerstein (Rogers & Hammerstein plays), and Harry was actually in Hammerstein’s wedding. So, Betty and Harry Schwartz would often attend openings of the Rogers & Hammerstein plays, among them “Away We Go” which later was re-titled and is now known as “Oklahoma”. Betty's granddaughter told us that several of the evening gowns were worn at events hosted by Rogers & Hammerstein. Because Betty’s husband owned National Department Stores, the Schwartz family would regularly visit their stores around the country. Among the stores in the National Department Store chain was Lipman Wolfe & Company, which was located in the building across from Meier & Frank’s flagship store. On one of the Schwartz’s visits to Portland, they brought their daughter, who met, fell in love with, and eventually married a descendant of the Meier & Frank Company. Meier & Frank was a prominent chain of department stores founded in Portland and later bought by the May Department Stores Company (Macy’s). Meier & Frank operated in the Pacific Northwest from 1857 to 2006. This dress was one custom made by Norell for Betty's daughter.

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  • Designer
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    Late 20th Century
  • Waist
    28 in. (71.12 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Portland, OR
  • Seller Reference Number
    2727
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