1950's Emilio Schuberth Italian Couture 'Under The Sea' Motif Satin Gown
An important and absolutely magnificent Emilio Schuberth Italian couture ocean aquatic motif ivory satin gown dating back to 1951. Our breathtaking dress was custom-made for Italian costume designer Marcella Rossellini who was married to one of the most prominent directors in Italian neorealist cinema, Roberto Rossellini. Emilio Federico Schuberth (1904-1972) was a famous Italian fashion designer, called the "Tailor of the Stars", whose work was loved by many international celebrities such as Princess Soraya of Iran, Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. His clothing highlighted la bella figura, the Italian feminine ideal of "sensuality, grace, and love of leisure,” which was a popular aesthetic during the mid century and often seen in Italian cinema from the postwar-era. His popularity as a designer grew starting around December 1948 when his fashion was displayed alongside French designer Christian Dior at Casino de la Vallée. Eventually this exposure lead to international buyers. As a master of Italian fashion, it's no surprise his students included Valentino, and Roberto Capucci. This gorgeous example of his work is fashioned in luxurious ivory silk satin with aquatic biological inspired velvet appliqués in pink, blue, marigold and moss green. This impressive novelty "under the sea" appliqué work must have taken months to complete. I especially love the sparkling metallic embroidery and hand painted coral buds. The elegant slight sweetheart strapless bodice has intricate corset style boning throughout to help keep the perfect shape. This gown was even exhibited at Fondazione Mondragone Napoli, Mueso del Tessile e dell-Abbigliamento back in 2004, and is also forever featured in the book "Lo Spettacolo della Moda". A museum worthy gown that would make an epic red carpet or bridal look.
Measurements Bust: 33-34 inches Waist: 25 inches Hips: Free Sweep Length top to waist: 10.25 inches
This Emilio Schuberth Italian couture designer dress is in beautiful condition for age. Perfectly working back hand set metal-zipper and original bodice boning in place. Only signs of age are some wear to the silk appliqués and minor surface spots by the lower hemline. Please message for detailed pictures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.