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Werlé Beverly Hills Dove Gray Bib-Front Ballerina Dress - Medium, 1950s



Though his designs do not enjoy the name recognition as those of Dior or Balmain, Daniel Werlé created breathtaking clothing for Hollywood actresses like Barbara Stanwyk, Gloria Swanson and Loretta Young. His commitment to exacting details, unusual shapes and fine materials is reflected in this exquisite ballerina dress, whose softly draped neckline is brilliantly contrasted with an angular standaway bib bodice and 26-foot skirt. And better still, pockets! *From the personal collection of department store heiress Estela Jácome Portrait collar ballerina dress with draped chiffon neckline that transforms into a free-hanging sash knotted at the low back. Inverted triangle standaway bodice dotted with decorative buttons along top edge; curving princess bodice seams front and back. Plunging back and full, tea length skirt with attached double crinoline beneath. Left side hand-finished metal zipper with top hook and eye; on seam pockets both sides. fabric: cotton-backed silk taffeta, nylon, silk chiffon noteworthy: dry clean only alterations: reattached zipper and neck sash where loose condition: very good with light bodice seam strain and faint perspiration stains measurements: neckline opening: 14” across neckline drop: 5” (front), 11” (back) shoulders: 17” sleeve length: 3 ½” bust: 38” bodice length: 17” from shoulder in front and back, 22” at sides waist: 27” hips: free skirt length: 26 ½” from highest point of front and rear waist seam total length: 43 ½” from shoulder, 36 ½” from underarm sweep: 258” (crinoline), 321” (skirt) rear sash: 25 ½” long (from knot at low back) x 104” wide label: Werlé Beverly Hills size: no size tag present; comparable to modern size medium


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  • Dimensions
    Bust: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Waist: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Shoulder to Hem: 43 in. (109.22 cm)
  • Style
    Ballerina (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Altered (not by designer). Light bodice seam strain and faint perspiration stains.
  • Seller Location
    Tucson, AZ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 0413.15.0281stDibs: LU86436676351

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