Vintage Norman Hartnell Gold Lame and Mink Evening Dress and Matching Coat Stunning Norman Hartnell gold lame evening dress and matching coat. The shimmering A-line dress features a low scoop neck, a geometric stitched bodice, a low back, and a pleated slit at the center back of the skirt. The coat is knee length and features mink cuffs.
Hartnell began his career in the 1920s, using his University of Cambridge ties to acquire elite clients and dressing them for high prestige social events. His designs later caught the eye of entertainers such as Merle Oberon, Tallulah Bankhead, Evelyn Laye, Gertrude Lawrence, and Mistinguett. Hartnell's pieces continued to turn heads in the 1930s and 1940s, to design the 1930s and 1940s, and had even been appointed dressmaker to the royal family in 1938, designing the wedding dresses of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, the amazing coronation gown for Elizabeth II in 1953, as well as a gown for her first visit to the United States in 1956. Norman Hartnell defined a look that was the epitome of British aristocratic elegance; his work was lavish, restrained, and always flawless.
Dress - Bust: 36, Waist: 29, Hip: 37, Shoulder Hem Length: 59 3/4
Coat - Bust: 43, Waist: 46, Hip: 48, Shoulder Hem Length: 41 1/2, Wrist: 9 inches
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This is dress is Classic Halston. He created clothing that is both incredibly comfortable and sensual at the same time and without ever being too revealing. Not an easy feat at all ... but he made it look so easy.
The lightweight jersey length and its long sleeves make it perfect for day to nightwear or wear any season of the year. It can be dressed up, down, but just dress in it! Perfect for a night of channeling an era of wild fun!
Roy Halston Frowick was born on 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. He initially took inspiration to sew from his grandmother. He would create hats for his mother and alter clothing for his sisters. His foundation in fashion progressed in his teen years as he attended Indiana University for a short spell and then The Art Institute of Chicago while earning funds through creating windows displays. Hat making would be his first love and in 1957 opened his first shop. While he had a small but important following, it wasn’t until Jacqueline Kennedy wore her famous (Halston) Pillbox hat in ‘61 that he became an instant success. He rode the wave of fame and fortune for a while but once hats started to go out of fashion, so did Halston’s sales. Halston’s low point would prove to be a test for what was next in his life. After much experimentation, a failed collection, and the help of his well curated team, he developed the minimalist yet irresistible look we all know and love! He was a true creator of culture during his time. Halston’s work was revered within the studio 54 crowd, worn by all the “It Girls” and on the cover of popular magazines.