An absolutely magnificent and incredibly rare, documented Nina Ricci haute couture black velvet and ivory satin gown back to her stunning 1952 fall-winter lifetime collection. This French fashion house, known for its feminine, ladylike clothing, has long been the go-to for Parisian chic. To achieve Nina Ricci figure-flattering cuts, the seasoned dressmaker draped on a live mannequin, pinning and snipping with a couturier's care. This breathtaking heavily adorned satin and luxurious black silk velvet evening gown is a perfect example of mid-century couture glamour. The bodice has an alluring wide scalloped neckline with slightly padded shoulders and lean, long button-trimmed sleeves. Nina Ricci adds an impressive interior boned corset structure to help keep the perfect hourglass shape. There is opulent glass beads and sparkling prong-set rhinestones covering the entire front. This workmanship alone must have taken weeks to complete. The fitted nipped-waist with back belt detail gives the garment the most flattering 'new look' silhouette. I especially love the black and white block color design. So timeless and effortlessly elegant. At this time Nina Ricci was in the same league as Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, and you can clearly see why in her brilliant talent. This documented French haute couture gown would make such an epic wedding guest look or red carpet moment! A true museum worthy work of art.
This Nina Ricci haute couture designer gown is in wonderful wearable condition with no holes, fade or alternations. Presents beautifully. The garment closes with original back French éclair metal zipper. There is gorgeous corset boning throughout the bodice to keep the shape. Shown with an additional petticoat skirt which is not included. After close inspection we found a few faint spots to the ivory skirt and some missing beadwork which is not noticeable when worn. Please message for detailed pictures. Though the label is no longer present, the editorial picture and true custom couture work confirms it is a Nina Ricci creation. A true piece of French mid-century fashion history.