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| Vintage 1950s Purple Silk Satin Cocktail Dress by Oleg Cassini SZ S/M
This dress is a knockout in purple satin and velvet. It's very much an hourglass sheath shape with a boned bodice and a nipped in waist. The bodice has a velvet plastron with satin buttons and bound buttonholes plus large velvet loops and sash ends falling from the V point. There are quite a few darts,some rather unusual. Metal zipper to close.
Labels: Oleg Cassini and Saks Fifth Avenue
Size: Bust: 38", Waist: 28.5", Hips: 38", Shoulder to Waist: 15", Shoulder to Hem: 43.5" ,Hem Sweep: 42".
Condition: No holes or stains. We have seen a formal length version of the dress which was strapless. I think these straps were a custom addition done by Saks. Straps have fading and slight fraying at the hanger spot. There is a lot of excess strap sewn inside with plenty to let down for size, or enough to seam out the fade and re-set.
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I couldn't get the intensity of the pink in the photos. It really is hot, shocking pink. This evening set has a full-length double-breasted coat with beaded collar pink satin lining, big covered buttons, bound buttonholes and back 1/2 belt to snug it in. The matching gown is sleeveless, with an Empire waist, fitted torso and full length flared skirt. The entire bodice is beaded in 3-D bugle bead paisley shapes with glass beads and rhinestones accents. The dress is fully lined as well. And has a handset back metal zipper. This is substantial set. Malcom Starr was a good label and made very high-quality garments.
Label: Both pieces labeled: Malcom Starr Made in Hong Kong British Crown Colony
Size: Labeled a 14. Coat: Bust: 39", Waist: 32", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 22.25", CB Neck to waist: 16", to Hem: 58", Hem Sweep: 76".
Dress: Bust: 38", Waist: 30", Hips: 39", Shoulder to Waist: approx.16", to Hem: 58", Hem Sweep: 62".
Condition: Coat: An area of light soiling on the coat sleeve as shown, and some soil along hem edge with more on inside. Dress -excellent, hemmed up 3/4".