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Stunning example of the beauty of the mid-century Hawaiian designers....

handprinted, original design by one of the top couture designers of the era, Tiana Pitelle
(see below for more detail on this unsung genius)
cerulean blues, schiapparelli pinks, and palm green with gold gilt highlights
pattern is asian / eastern / polynesian island inspired with some neo-classical in there for good measure
simple, rounded cropped bolero style jacket
bodice is fully boned - 6 pieces of boning give support and a slim silhouette
bodice has sweetheart, rouched neckline
Inverted pleats in the very full skirt
nipped waist and original belt is included!


best fits:

circa: 1950s


bust: 36-38
waist: 24"
hips: open
length,from top of bust cup to hem: 38"
sweep: 100"

"Tiana Pitelle worked as an exclusive designer for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and provided gorgeous couture for the visiting illuminati. Her fabric designs were often Byzantine and Asian inspired, with vibrant colors, most handpainted, which the New Look silhouettes showcased beautifully."

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RESERVED for Karia 1950s Formal Full Sweep Strapless Dress w Bolero ROYAL HAWAIIAN Couture Tiana Pitelle