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1940s evening dress

#2111 $850

Goddess-style chiffon evening dress, 1940s

Our brilliant silk chiffon evening dress evokes the Greek goddess style—a red carpet favorite—with its long floating scarf attached in front to one of the shoulder straps. The tangerine color is to die for.

You can artfully drape the scarf across your bare shoulders. The antique representation of one-shouldered garments on goddesses, signifying their mythic identity, is the basis for the association of asymmetrical necklines with Greek goddesses.

The goddess gown goes back 2200 years to the ancient Greek himation, originally a large straight cloak with shaping. In Athens the himation was generally a modest garment. However, when worn "with a difference" by a hetera (courtesan), the himation could be provocative. Aspasia, Pericles' consort during Athens' golden age, was a hetera.

The boned bodice is covered with overlapping, bias-cut panels of chiffon. The graceful skirt has double layers of chiffon. The dress is totally lined with slightly lighter silk crep de chine and closes in back with a hand-stitched metal zipper.

The incandescent evening gown is drop dead gorgeous. It could have been worn—on or off screen—by Hollywood's love goddesses in their most glamorous roles: Marlene Dietrich (Shanghai Express), Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey) or Rita Hayworth (Gilda).

The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.

It measures: 36" bust, 25" waist, 44" hip, 16" from shoulder to waist, and 56" from shoulder to hem.

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