1960s French Haute Couture Cream Bow Bodice Dress

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This incredibly chic haute couture 1960s pale cream dress would make a fabulous entrance at a wedding or red carpet event, where it could be paired with striking accessories and gloves! Constructed from a pique cotton (possibly a silk blend) that creates a fabulous structured shape and very typical of the designs of Jacques Griffe and Cristobel Balenciaga at the fashion presentations in 1960. The dress has lost its label but the workmanship suggests that this was a top tier couture house and I'm sure this was made by a well known couturier.

The bodice has a beautiful curved bow detail to the front, spaghetti straps and a concealed side zip closure, complete with popper detail. The dress is beautifully fitted with princess seaming to emphasise an hour-glass figure and the vertical panels widen at the waist to create fullness in the skirt. It has a full couture shaped interior to ensure a perfect fit but this can of course be adjusted for the new wearer. This dress is in very good vintage condition with no signs of previous alteration and was likely worn just once. We have noted an area to the lower section of the rear skirt which has a graduating area of yellow discoloration - possibly age related which has not lifted with cleaning. It has not shown up in photographs but this can be viewed in our extensive video coverage of the dress. It would best fit a size 6 UK, or 2 US but there is scope to alter as the couture seams are generous. 

Bust - 30.5in. (77 cm)
Waist - 24.5in. (62 cm)
Hip - 40in. (101.6 cm)
Length - 51in. (129.5 cm)