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-- Original Price $550 --

This beautiful designer dress is in mint vintage condition in terms of structure. There are minor age stains on the front of the lace skirt by the waist (see top picture in vertical arrangement).


This stunning dress features a ruched black silk bodice structured with boning held up with spaghetti straps and an eyelet lace 3 tiered skirt. Skirt is lined with an intricate silk and mesh lining.

There is such an attention to detail on this dress seen in the hems and the snaps, zipper and hook & eyes at the back.

Brand: Jacques Heim, designed with special authorization by Maria Carine in Paris

Made in France


Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 26 inches

Hips: FREE

Bodice: 11.5 inches

Dress length (from top of strap to bottom): 43 inches


Jaques Heim:

Jacques Heim (1899-1967) was born into a furrier family and started out in the family business designing furs. In 1923 he took over the business and within a few years had added a couture department. He was an innovator in using cuttings of furs as one would a fabric.

Heim’s couture house opened in the Avenue Matignon in Paris in 1930. He also made ready-to-wear and in 1936 started a line for younger women, Heim Jeunes Filles.

In 1946 Heim started his own chain of sportswear boutiques. He was one of the early designers of the bikini, called the Atome, and he was known for his beachwear. In the same year Heim visited the United States in order to establish contracts with several US department stores for which he was to design collections. Another ready-to-wear line, Heim Actualité, was begun in 1950.

The House of Heim closed in 1969, two years after the designer’s death.

SOURCE: http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/heim-jacques/

Maria Carine:

Maria Moutet-Chenu wore haute couture as a young woman. When her fortunes changed in the late 1950s, Maria went to work for Jacques Heim in his Boutique. She worked with Heim to find a way his designs could reach a wider market and her business, Maria Carine, was born.

Maria worked with four couturiers: Heim, Jean Desses, Guy Laroche, and Lanvin-Castillo. After each couture showing, the designers would meet with Maria and give her a few sketches to work from based upon their haute couture designs. Maria was the modeliste. She would take the sketch and make a toile (muslin pattern) which the couturier would approve. These toiles were then used to make the ready-to-wear garments.

SOURCE: http://coutureallure.blogspot.com/2011/01/maria-carine.html

Late 50's Couture Jacques Heim Spaghetti Strap Black/White Party Dress with Lace Skirt & Ruched Top (Size: Medium)


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: lace, silk
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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