This 1950s party dress is luscious in thick, jet black velvet. Cut to flatter with ballet neckline that's shirred to highlight the bust at front (smooth in back). Narrow center-bodice slit offers a hint of sex appeal without revealing too much. Nipped, slightly dropped and curved waist has an internal waist cinch with hook&eye. Very full skirt. The back mirrors the front with a more generous opening above the metal Crown zip. Hooks&eyes at the back neckline, above the zipper, and at the waist. Thread loops (but no belt -- ours is not included). Unlined, but back of velvet is smooth. Pinked seams with generous allowances, and a massive, taped hem.
We show this dress with and without a crinoline, not included. Some photos are lightened to show detail. Dress is jet black.
All we know about this label is that Rappi was a mid-century label named for Syd Rappaport, a Viennese-born designer who created high-end formal wear ranking in quality and style among such notables as Ceil Chapman and Malcolm Starr. She also designed day and dinner wear. The line sold at better stores in the higher price ranges.
Fiber/Care: velvet feels like a heavy, high-quality cotton/rayon blend, dry-clean
Condition: no flaws to note. original belt is missing (ours not included)
*This dress is clean and ready to wear.*
bodice length: 16.5"/42cm
bust: 34" + ~2" from darts to ~36"/91.5cm
skirt length: 31"/78.5cm
hem sweep: 150"/381cm
For reference, I could not resist trying this gorgeous dress on, and it fit me very well. I am just under 5'6" with a long torso, and measure b: 35.5 (32D), w: 26.5, h: 35.5. I usually wears a U.S. modern size 2/4, and prefer a somewhat snug waist. If you have similar measurements, this will be perfect for you.
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