Vintage Heavy Black Satin Faille Dress with Peplum, Ceil Chapman, ca 1940s

$295.00 USD



  • Satin Faille
Ceil Chapman, designer for Marilyn Monroe and Elisabeth, Cadillac advertisements, and whose fashions hold a place of honor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, designed this oh-so-sophisticated dress in the late 1940s. It is in excellent vintage condition: I can find no flaws. The "streaks that you see in photo #1 are from the light coming in my windows.

Please be sure to note the gracefully pleated peplum that begins at the waist and flows just past the hips, coming to a point in the center, the slightly nipped waist and the flare of the peplum in the back; please note as well the little kick pleat in the front. Chapman's interest was in the draping of fabric to highlight the female form: she certainly succeeded here!

Approximate measurements: (Please note that this dress was pinned to fit my mannequin)
bust: 34"
waist: 30"
hips: 33"
length: 44.5
sleeve length: 22.5"

Sure to be a hit whenever you wear it, this dress would be a wonderful addition to your vintage dress collection; it is a prime example of wearable 1940s textile art and style.

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