Gorgeous one-of-a-kind dress. 1950’s Hattie Carnegie cream lace party dress with lacing up the bust. Hattie Carnegie was an American fashion entrepreneur, employing some of the most notable American fashion designers, including Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère, Claire McCardell and James Galanos, creating both couture and high-end ready-to-wear lines of clothing. Bustier bodice with boning – five bones total. Wonderful lacing up the front of the bodice, the laces made of cream faille fabric, one lace is running down, while the other is running up from the waist, meeting at the center in two separate bows. The bodice is lined with this same faille fabric, peeking through between the lacing. Same faille fabric piping trims the edge of the bustier and again a trim under the bust running around the back. A faille straight cocktail skirt made of the same faille fabric trimming the bodice. This faille fabric is medium weight and has some stretch to it. Horsehair trim along hem of lace skirt. Double zipper opening on left side – one zipper for the faille skirt, the other zipper for the lace dress. Label is from the high-end line, a light brown label with “Hattie Carnegie” embroidered in a dark brown.
Condition: Very good. No holes, stains, loose seams, smell or noticeable wear. The fabric is probably not as bright as it was originally, a little yellowed. A dry cleaning could brighten this up.
Hips: 36″/37″ (slight stretch to skirt fabric)
Width Between Shoulder Seams: —
Length: 32″ (down side seam)
Skirt Length: 24″
Bodice Length: @7 1/2″ (from underarm edge down side seam to hem)