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This rare 1950s vintage designer dress is a little black dress that will last you a lifetime. You can see that the dress is a Ceil Chapman from the draping alone - even before you touch it, and feel the exceptional quality. (Photos of the label available upon request.) It is a wonderful draped silk jersey in a matte black. Every detail has been considered, from the full length sleeves with fitted cuffs that button, to the pleated waistband, to the exceptional drape created by the crisp pleats at the waist. It is fully lined with fine silk. The label is sewn at the back right side of the interior waist. It closes at the back with a long metal zipper.


Bust: 35"
Waist: 25"
Hips: 36"
Length: 39"

Condition Very Good
I have been over this dress multiple times, looking for some small flaw. I cannot find one. It is clean, fresh, and apparently immaculate. A treasure!

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You must contact us with 48 hours of receiving your order if you have an issue, and if an exchange is approved, it must be sent within 48 hours after our communication. Items purchased and worn for special events may not be returned - we are not a rental facility. No refunds are issued based on issues with the fit of a garment, please measure carefully and feel free to make inquiries if you need help with sizing.

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Vintage 1950s Dress - Ceil Chapman Perfectly Draped Fine Silk Black Cocktail Dress


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: silk
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 4000 reviews
  • Favorited by: 69 people