French silk faille evening gown, 1950s
This elegantly simple evening gown from Laetitia in Paris is a classic. Sometimes, less is more. It is fashioned from substantial-weight pink silk faille that opens over a contrasting raspberry faille underskirt.
The bold two-tone design draws attention to the self-bound buttonholes—a detail borrowed from expensive tailored garments. This is the sign of fine fashion, where the smallest detail is precious, exemplifying the excellence of the whole.
The skirt is cut longer in back, forming a slight train. The gown is beautifully constructed with a built-in boned under bodice and an attached crinoline. The two layers close in back with separate metal zippers.
Although this is not couture, the extraordinarily pretty evening gown was obviously influenced by the New Look (1947), when Christian Dior returned prettiness to the epicenter of fashion world, after the austere mannish styles of World War II. Fabric rationing was out and luxury was in.
The condition is almost excellent. Near the hem are a few barely noticeable marks that do not spoil the appearance of this lovely gown.
It measures: 34" bust, 25 1/2" waist, and 45" center-front length.