1950s Helena Barbieri Silk Faille and Velvet Couture Evening Gown
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1950's Helena Barbieri couture silk faille and velvet evening gown. Helena Barbiere was a talented New York designer in the 1950s and 60s who was known for her tasteful high-end evening wear. Often compared to the famous designer Ceil Chapman, Helena Barbieri's designs are sought after by collectors because of her high-quality construction and attention to detail. This particular gown is extremely rare - originally for sale at B.Altman during the 1950s. The shape and cut is just so unique and even a little bit avant-garde, yet it really brings out a woman's true hourglass shape and just oozes so much chic and cool. This gown is completely wearable and is in excellent condition.
The bodice is strapless with boning for shape. The bust is made of silk rayon velvet, straight across the front and dipping around the back. A straight flat bow at the center under the bust. The best detail is the dramatic inset of velvet starting at each side of the bow and expanding down the front sides of the dress to the hem.
The faille fabric is heavy with wide ribbing and the velvet is silky rayon and plush. The bodice is constructed with an interior lining of the same faille fabric, fully finished with boning holding the shape. The zipper works perfectly, and is of really good quality. This dress also comes with it's original crinoline which adds just a bit more fullness. I personally love that this dress is floor length- I love how it trails in the back.
Label: Helena Barbieri Original
Fabrication: Silk Faille and Silk Rayon Blend Velvet
Measurements (lying flat):
Condition: Excellent to near perfect vintage condition. There are very small (barely noticeable) scuffs to the velvet where a hanger was holding the dress. These are hardly noticeable and really do not take away at all from the dress's appeal. They are located at the left and right underarm areas. Other than that - this dress is still in STUNNING and original condition.