1960's Sybil Connolly Couture Pleated White Linen Bell-Sleeve Dress
A truly rare and incredibly beautiful Sybil Connolly heavily pleated white linen tea gown dating back to the mid 1960's. As shown, an almost identical dress is archived at The Lisburn Museum in Ireland. Known as the Dior of Dublin, couturier Sybil Connolly is admired for her high caliber complex designs and artisanal technique. Sybil Connolly's pleated linen is a remarkable contribution to fashion history as Mario Fortuny's Delphos pleated silk dresses made at the beginning of the 20th century. She was a success from the start; in 1953 her first fashion show landed her the cover of Life magazine. Connolly offered truly unparalleled garments that have earned her numerous spreads in Vogue and was even worn by Jackie Kennedy for her White House portrait by Aaron A. Shikler. This stunning crisp white linen dress is a wonderful example of her genius and timeless style. Nine yards of linen was needed to create one yard of finished fabric so this work of art easily took months to complete. This garment is also almost crushable! Harper's Bazaar noted in June 1958 that a Connolly pleated piece 'will pack into a small duffel bag and emerge unscathed!" The bodice has an elegant scoop neck with playful 3/4-length tiered bell-sleeves. The slight empire-waist with fuller skirting is extremely figure flattering. You could add a petticoat under for a more dramatic look. We added many detail pictures so one can appreciate this masterful achievement. Would make an epic bridal moment.
This 1960's Sybil Connolly couture heavily-pleated dress is a rare garment in excellent condition. Presents beautifully. This dress closes with back center zipper and is fully lined. To find a museum quality white dress is also so exciting! Only sign of wear are two tiny spots to the white linen. Not noticeable when worn. Please message for detailed pictures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.