EXTRAORDINARY Strapless Lace Mainbocher Ball Gown
Item v4447 ... Price: $2450 SOLD
"I have never known a really chic woman whose appearance was not, in large part, an outward reflection of her inner self."
This gown positively exudes style and elegance. Exquisite black lace over two layers of silk organdy (one in a light minty green, the other in deep sage green) and a layer of cream crepe. Strapless, fitted bodice edged with an embroidered lace band (lined in beige tulle). Dangling ball trim. Attached, thin self fabric belt. Gown has a full, sweeping skirt. Please scroll down for additional photos.
34" bust, 24 1/2" waist, full hips. Approximately 50" from top of bodice to hem.
This gown is sensational whether you are looking for an incredible gown to wear this holiday season, or whether you are searching for a special Mainbocher gown for your collection. This gown does have a few minor issues. There is a repaired 1" crescent shaped break in the lace just to right side of the zipper. This is obscured by the thin belt which hooks over the zipper. There are a few other small breaks to the lace under the belt. The rear metal zipper has been replaced. There is water marking scattered through the inner layers of the skirt, however this does not show through the lace. Gown has been shortened from it's original length.
A bit about Mainbocher: Mainbocher (b. Main Rousseau Bocher), was born in Chicago where he studied both music and art. His service during WWI brought him to Paris. After the war, he stayed on in Paris, where he became a fashion artist with Harper's Bazaar. He opened his Paris couture house in 1929 (1930) and his New York house in 1939 (1940). He is credited with having introduced the strapless evening gown, and was well known for his elegant and expensive evening wear. He designed the wedding dress for Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (1937) and designed costumes for stars such as Tallulah Bankhead. He also designed war uniforms for the WAVES and SPARS.