Marilyn Lewis knew how to design for the body. Worthy of both museum display and red carpet wear, this black ensemble exemplifies her aesthetic with its perfect silhouette and use of luxe fabric. Lewis, whose company, Cardinali, was coveted by Hollywood Stars and socialites, was known for using only the finest of fabrics imported from abroad. With a sweetheart neckline and center front seem, the gown's dart placement and padded brassiere both contours and highlights the bust -- just enough -- but not too much. The low back to this dress is divine, yet it one can effortlessly cover the back with the beautiful bolero like jacket. A pleated and ruffled trim details both pieces. Back zipper and hook-n-eye closure. Entire ensemble fully lined. Model length. Excellent condition. Cardinali was only in existence for about decade, as Lewis began to produce films as well as help her husband with his business. Cardinali pieces are extremely rare and highly collectible. Add this piece to your wardrobe, collection, or exhibit.
Fits modern size 6/8. Dress - Bust: 39, Waist: 33, Hip: 42 1/2, Shoulder Hem Length: 58 inches
Bolero - Bust: 38 1/2, Waist: 37, Shoulder Hem Length: 21 1/2 inches
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Delightfully colorful evening dress by Dynasty! The dress is maxi length, with long sleeves, and an A - line silhouette. The fitted bodice begins at the natural waist, and features an illusion neckline with a true jewel neckline. The long, sheer sleeves gather at the cuff and fasten with two buttons. The skirt is marvelously long and voluminous, allowing for the oversized floral print in pinks, reds, and purples to be fully appreciated. The dress is lined and absolutely beautiful.
Take a look at this incredible staple from Herve Leger!
In the late 80s he took claim as the popularizer of the body con dress.
This dress is composed of horizontally knit pieces then serged together create a color blocked, futuristic look.
Grey knit fabric lines contour throughout to further distinguish the shape! Zipper closure at the back.
Remarkably designed dress from Geoffrey Beene!
This dress features an iridescent silk that truly catches the eye! It opens at the front with hidden zipper closure and also slightly ballooned sleeves that are finished with long cuffs. The dress has pockets. The hem is quilted. It also features deep inverted pleating to create dimension .
Geoffrey Beene began his career in the 1950s, designing under numerous New York houses including Teal Traina, finally opening his own label in 1963. Beene was incredibly conscious of the human body, and was particularly regardful of the figure in motion - as Beene once said “clothing is nothing until it hits the body." His designs were created to work with the client’s body, encasing it lightly and giving it a more artful structure. Beene's reinterpretations of dress formality, use of synthetics, and unusual combination of materials (accessories in acrylic and diamonds, for example), set him aside from his contemporaries who focused on the business of fashion, rather than the artistry of fashion.
Length: 49.5 in. (125.73 cm)
Marked Size: 4 See measurements (US)
Bust: 35 in. (88.9 cm)
Waist: 27 in. (68.58 cm)
Hip: 42 in. (106.68 cm)