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Truly stunning 1950s cocktail dress - the epitome of the luxury fasion of this era. This is an exceptional piece designed by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin. Impeccably constructed it is a joy to see on a real girl.

This beautiful black chantilly-lace must been seen to believe. With stunning bright copper raw silk that's fully covered with fine sheer black netting underneath the lace.

The bodice is a seductive low-cut plunge sheer-illusion sweetheart with a flattering nipped-waist. The dress is fully lined with black silky rayon through the skirt and self lined through the bodice with that same silk satin. The bodice has boning through the sides. It closes with a low painted metal zipper at the back. Has two interior nylon organza skirt layers for added volume with interior closure. I love the flirty full swing-skirt and tiny bows that cover the hook and eye closures up lace back.

Harvey Berin opened his business in 1921, and by the 1940s he was an important name in women’s fashion. His designer, Karen Stark who was the sister of Berin’s wife, Augusta, adapted the latest styles from Paris each season. And even though Stark did the designing, Berin approved or rejected each design. They were best known for their feminine dresses and ensembles. Berin was a favorite of several First Ladies, including Pat Nixon and Ladybird Johnson. Harvey Berin closed in 1970. As Karen Stark said, "I like to use beautiful fabrics and unusual trimmings. I design for everyone– but always very feminine women.”

~information courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild


Inside Bust: 37-38"
Waist: 25-26
Hips: Free
Skirt length: 27"
Length: 46"
Sleeve length: 13

Condition: Excellent. There are two mended spots at underarms where lace was once mended. Not noticeable. In otherwise impeccable condition.

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RESERVED - HARVEY BERIN Vintage 1950s Dress - Chantilly Lace Copper Silk Black Illusion Full Skirt Party Formal Cocktail


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: silk, lace, chantilly lace, raw silk, organza, nylon organza
  • Only ships to Australia from United States.
  • Feedback: 552 reviews
  • Favorited by: 15 people