Black velvet cocktail dress, 1950s
The Little Black Dress remains the epitome of stylishness. Here is an especially sexy version of the LBD. This is a look unmistakable from fifty yards away. So feminine and alluring, this beauty gives a curvaceous shape to the leanest beanpole and turns a voluptuous woman into a siren.
Fashioned from black rayon velvet, the bodice is lined with black faille and is boned for support. The bias-cut, overskirt drapes dramatically over the hips, ending with a fish tail train in back. I love the large velvet bow at the front waist. The dress closes in back with a zipper.
Christian Dior explained in 1954: "You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You can wear it on almost any occasion; a 'little black frock' is essential to a woman's wardrobe." For more on the LBD, read our article on The Little Black Dress.
The condition is almost excellent. The metal zipper, which was broken, was replaced with a concealed zipper. As my valued clients know, I generally do everything that can be done to present fine vintage clothing in its highest and best condition.
It measures: 36" bust, 27" waist, 38" hip, and 37" center-front length.