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Vintage 1930's Bette Davis Owned Old Hollywood Sheer Beaded Silk Couture Dress

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An important and museum worthy Bette Davis owned elaborately beaded and rhinestone studded sheer black silk dress dating back to the mid 1930's. As the star of The Little Foxes (1941), Now Voyager (1942), and All About Eve (1950), Bette Davis was one of the biggest names of the classic Hollywood era. She was not your typical leading lady, often playing outspoken and even unsympathetic characters. She won the Best Actress Award for both Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938) and was the first thespian to accrue ten nominations. In 1977, Bette Davis became the fifth (and first female) recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. The award is given to a performer “whose work has stood the test of time.” This beloved icon, with her instantly recognizable heavy-lidded eyes, had a career that spanned almost 60 years. Not only does this important slice of celebrity history come with official certificate of authenticity, it's truly one of the most gorgeous 1930's dresses I have ever seen. The entire garment is fashioned in 'light as a feather' sheer black silk chiffon that has been lavishly embellished with impressive beadwork and prong-set rhinestones that form an elegant floral motif. This sophisticated style of hand beadwork takes months to complete and can only be found in the highest level of couture. The matching sash belt is very figure flattering while the flowing swing skirt is so playful. My best guess is the couture label with her client information was placed in the underslip which is now long gone. The true wearable art yet reads so incredibly modern. This is such a breathtaking, beautiful museum worthy piece of fashion and celebrity history that will instantly become a favorite in your collection. Measurements Bust: 34 inches Waist: 29 inches (belt used to make smaller) Hips: up to 40 inches Total Length: 45 inches This one of a kind Bette Davis owned couture custom made dress is in beautiful condition for age with no stains or alternations. After close inspection we found some very tiny holes to the silk which are hardly noticeable when worn. Please message for detailed pictures. Extraordinary attention to construction and couture detail. Perfectly working original neck snap closures in place. An investment piece that will only continue to increase in value.
  • Dimensions:
    Length: 45 in (114.3 cm)Bust: 34 in (86.36 cm)Waist: 27 in (68.58 cm)Hip: 38 in (96.52 cm)
  • Style:
    1930s (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. beautiful and rare piece.
  • Seller Location:
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU30919839912
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