Lawrence Gaines 1950s Silk Sheath Dress XS Malcolm Charles Vintage Couture Set ~ Draped Bodice ~ Blouson Bolero

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Lawrence Gaines 1950s Silk Sheath Dress XS Malcolm Charles Vintage Couture Set ~ Draped Bodice ~ Blouson Bolero

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$675.00

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Item details

Vintage from the 1950s

Materials

metal zipper, silk, hook and eye, nude silk, covered buttons, snaps

Size

XS US women's letter

We are so pleased to offer this fabulous dress set circa 1956 by prominent designer Lawrence Gaines for Malcolm Charles Inc.
Lawrence Gaines freelanced as head designer for Malcolm Starr in 1956-1958, so this label is quite rare. This would have sold for about $150 in 1956 which would be about $1500 today.

✂ FABRIC: This fabulous dress is made of pure lightweight silk chiffon in a wonderful earth-tone daisy pattern. The dress is fully lined in black silk and the bolero is lined in beige silk. Although not part of the true couture list, this is a quality constructed garment with hand done construction, dress weights, covered boning and acute attention to details. This was clearly an expensive and certainly well made suit in its day.

If you're a fan of Lawrence Gaines designs, the blouson feature was a favorite of his and this set is no different. The sleeveless bolero over-blouse features a ring collar with divided open-front bodice at the front and back. The blouson detail drapes heavily at the back and features dress weights. It closes at the front with large covered buttons, snaps and hook & eyes. Has strap-holders on the inside shoulders.

The incredible sheath is fitted and is a true wiggle which is narrower at the hem. The hand done draped and boned bodice is surplice and features slim spaghetti straps and low plunging back. The draping is so immaculate that Ceil would be jealous :)
Closes at the back with a metal zipper and several hook & eyes down the back.

If you are unsure about the color of an item or the type of fabric, please do not hesitate to contact us.

✂ MEASUREMENTS:
The bust is 33"/34"
The waist is 25"/26"
Hips are 35"
Length is 40" (8" hem)
Approximate shoulder to waist is 16"
There is at least 2" of selvage on the inside to let out if more room is needed.

Please be sure to measure a dress that fits you well and compare these measurements with those.

✂ CONDITION:
This is in Excellent & ready to wear condition. The hips have been altered by 1" to be smaller and the hem was taken up. Otherwise, there are no signs of wear. Silk is strong with no evidence of dry rot etc.
This item has been professionally cleaned and will be wrapped in acid free tissue paper and packaged with the utmost care.

✂ QUESTIONS/COMMENTS:
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Communication is the key to a good customer/seller relationship :o)

✂ Lay-away, Balance Parcel and Reservations are available.

✂ Policies:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/labellevintage/policy

✂ Like us on Facebook for updates, sneak peeks and coupons.
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We are so pleased to offer this fabulous dress set circa 1956 by prominent designer Lawrence Gaines for Malcolm Charles Inc.
Lawrence Gaines freelanced as head designer for Malcolm Starr in 1956-1958, so this label is quite rare. This would have sold for about $150 in 1956 which would be about $1500 today.

✂ FABRIC: This fabulous dress is made of pure lightweight silk chiffon in a wonderful earth-tone daisy pattern. The dress is fully lined in black silk and the bolero is lined in beige silk. Although not part of the true couture list, this is a quality constructed garment with hand done construction, dress weights, covered boning and acute attention to details. This was clearly an expensive and certainly well made suit in its day.

If you're a fan of Lawrence Gaines designs, the blouson feature was a favorite of his and this set is no different. The sleeveless bolero over-blouse features a ring collar with divided open-front bodice at the front and back. The blouson detail drapes heavily at the back and features dress weights. It closes at the front with large covered buttons, snaps and hook & eyes. Has strap-holders on the inside shoulders.

The incredible sheath is fitted and is a true wiggle which is narrower at the hem. The hand done draped and boned bodice is surplice and features slim spaghetti straps and low plunging back. The draping is so immaculate that Ceil would be jealous :)
Closes at the back with a metal zipper and several hook & eyes down the back.

If you are unsure about the color of an item or the type of fabric, please do not hesitate to contact us.

✂ MEASUREMENTS:
The bust is 33"/34"
The waist is 25"/26"
Hips are 35"
Length is 40" (8" hem)
Approximate shoulder to waist is 16"
There is at least 2" of selvage on the inside to let out if more room is needed.

Please be sure to measure a dress that fits you well and compare these measurements with those.

✂ CONDITION:
This is in Excellent & ready to wear condition. The hips have been altered by 1" to be smaller and the hem was taken up. Otherwise, there are no signs of wear. Silk is strong with no evidence of dry rot etc.
This item has been professionally cleaned and will be wrapped in acid free tissue paper and packaged with the utmost care.

✂ QUESTIONS/COMMENTS:
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Communication is the key to a good customer/seller relationship :o)

✂ Lay-away, Balance Parcel and Reservations are available.

✂ Policies:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/labellevintage/policy

✂ Like us on Facebook for updates, sneak peeks and coupons.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Belle-Vintage/191847227514617

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