This divine 1950s black raffia and silk cocktail dress is from the house of Worth and is a magnificent piece of demi-couture in impeccable vintage condition. Beautifully constructed, it is comprised of soft grey silk reinforced with a sheer layer of black net and overlain with black raffia lace. The boat neck line and wide shoulder straps feature scalloped edges as does the hem, and princess seams structure the bodice with a concealed zip fastening at the centre reverse. There is a black silk belt incorporated into the waistband with stylish bow embellishments on either side, which fastens with hook eye closures at the back. The interior of the dress is silk lined and the finishing on the seams and neckline is of exceptional quality. This rare and incredible piece would best suit a US size 4-6, UK 8-10.
BUST - 34 in. (86.36 cm)
WAIST - 27 in. (68.58 cm)
HIP - 36 in. (91.44 cm)
LENGTH - 37.5 in. (95.25 cm)
NOTES ON DESIGNER : The House of Worth founded by Charles Fredrick Worth in 1858 is considered by many to be one of the foremost fashion houses of the 19th and early 20th centuries . Often extolled as the father of haute couture, fashion historian George Walden has said: "Charles Frederick Worth dictated fashion in France a century and a half before Galliano". He was the first to use live models to showcase his garments and the first to sew branded labels into his clothing. He is also widely recognised as the father of Haute Couture.