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Norman Norell Vintage Dress Two Piece Silver Sequins Evening Top and Black Skirt

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This vintage 2 piece dress was designed by Norman Norell. The long sleeved top is covered in brilliant silver sequins and it is paired with a simple black skirt. Please press "continue reading" below to see detailed sizing information and an interesting history of the woman that owned this beautiful ensemble. We acquired this outfit along with several other Norman Norell dresses and suits from the estate of a mother and daughter from prominent fashion families. The woman who owned this dress had her pieces custom designed and fitted by Norell himself in New York City. This sensational dress has the Norman Norell New York label and zips up the back. The top has some stretch, so there is a little flexibility in size. The sleeves have Norell's signature zippers and there is a black satin sash. The silk jersey skirt is fully lined in the beautiful the way that Norell always lined his clothing and it closes with a back zipper. We estimate this outfit to fit a modern day US size 8 but please refer to the detailed measurements below for the best fit. Top - BUST: 36" SLEEVES: 24" SHOULDERS: 16" LENGTH: 25" Skirt - WAIST: 28" HIPS: 50" LENGTH: 37" Provenance is very important to us, and we hope you will enjoy reading a little more about the two women who owned the beautiful Norman Norell clothing we are so honored to be selling on 1stdibs. Their daughters/granddaughters provided this very interesting small glimpse into their family's fashion history! The Meier, Schwartz & Sadowsky Families 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 granddaughters 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 and fell in love with 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. Their marriage merged two great fashion families! Betty's grand daughters are the women who parted with these beautiful Norell pieces that belonged to their mother and grandmother.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Mostly excellent condition. There are a few snags to the skirt and there is some silver loss to some of the sequins on the arms.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Portland, OR
  • Seller Reference Number
    2724
  • Reference Number
    LU22324268483
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Located in Portland, OR
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