Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our Little Amnesiac: Une Petite Robe Noire

Sometimes a dress comes to us with a case of amnesia.  It gives us little clues to who it might be and sometimes the mystery can be solved and sometimes we may never know who the dress is by.  This dress is certainly French.  It is certainly haute couture.  It is certainly from the 1950s and it is certainly small.  A true size 2.  I know, I feel your pain.  It won't fit me either.  Merde.  

It is from 'the Golden Age of Couture' when the post war exuberance manifested itself in fashion with  extremely feminine clothing.  Cinched waists, full skirts, it was a very glamorous and elegant time.  This dress is full of coquetry.  It dips seductively low in the back but there is sweetness with the trailing ribbons.  The dress in tulle has flounces full of shredded tulle.  The interior is as beautiful as the exterior with the seams all pinked.  We have so many clients who come into RARE and ooh and ahh because of the beauty of a piece and its incredible construction and inevitably they say, they just don't make dresses like this anymore. 

 French haute couture tulle cocktail dress.  Size 0/2


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