1955 Norman Norell Couture Museum Held Chantilly Lace Sequin Dress
This iconic 1955 Norman Norell couture dress exemplifies his signature blend of couture level quality with quintessentially American style; elegant in its simplicity. The exact same design was gifted to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Lauren Becall. The fabric used is of the highest-quality black chantilly-lace. The irridescent sequins are individually hand-sewn, which must have taken days to complete. The bodice is a flattering sculpted sleeveless with a long, lean nipped hourglass waistline. I love the scalloped full-skirting which totally channels "Old Hollywood" glamour. As pointed out in the book "Couture: The Great Designers", Norell had a profound influence on the ready-to-wear industry and on younger American designers by insisting that off-the-rack clothing be as fine as made-to-order. The masterful design and superb quality of this garment more than meets his exacting standards.
This Norman Norell garment is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working back-zipper. Only sign of age is a few missing sequins. Though this label is missing from this garment, a garment from the same collection is archived at the MET. Priced accordingly. A wearable investment piece that will only go up in value.