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1955 Norman Norell Couture Documented Iridescent Sequin Chantilly-Lace Dress

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This iconic 1955 Norman Norell couture dress exemplifies his signature blend of couture level quality with quintessentially American style; elegant in its simplicity. The exact same design was gifted to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Lauren Becall. The fabric used is of the highest-quality black chantilly-lace. The iridescent sequins are individually hand-sewn, which must have taken days to complete. The bodice is a flattering sculpted sleeveless with a long, lean nipped hourglass waistline. I love the scalloped full-skirting which totally channels "Old Hollywood" glamour. As pointed out in the book "Couture: The Great Designers", Norell had a profound influence on the ready-to-wear industry and on younger American designers by insisting that off-the-rack clothing be as fine as made-to-order. The masterful design and superb quality of this garment more than meets his exacting standards. Measurements Bust:33-34 inches Waist:24 inches Hips:Free Sweep Total Length:53 inches This Norman Norell garment is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working back-zipper. Only sign of age is a few missing sequins. Though this label is missing from this garment, a garment from the same collection is archived at the MET. Priced accordingly. A wearable investment piece that will only go up in value.

Details

  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Length
    53 in. (134.62 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU3097021402
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