Here I present my homage to Cyd Charisse in “Bandwagon”, and the beautiful dress she wore in the film, an early 1950s style cocktail dress in beautiful emerald silk dupion with corded lace and shimmery net tulle overlay on the bodice and tulle overlay on the skirt. The sweetheart neckline features a lovely and very flattering illusion detail in tulle covering the bodice on the front and back. It also has 3/4 length sleeves and ballet length skirt that were very popular in the era. Fastens with a zipper at the back.
Category: bespoke 1950s dresses
Early 1950s style lovely in original vintage cotton
This beautiful early 1950s inspired dress in original 1950s embroidered cotton is a great example of the more streamlined silhouette of the era. It features an interesting zigzag style panelling with a gathered yoke on the bodice and kick pleat down centre of the skirt. Short upturned sleeves, pockets with button closure. With vintage buttons and buckle. Fastens with a zip at side seam.
My homage to Bette Davis’ “All about Eve” dress
Here I present my homage to Edith Head and Bette Davis’ dress in All About Eve. This beautiful early 1950s style ballet length gown in pink/ orange shot silk dupion and nylon tulle creates the perfect silhouette for the belle of the ball. With a full skirt and fitted bodice, the greatest detail is in the off shoulder tulle gathered across, fastened by a diamanté brooch, creating a fantastic assymetrical, slightly illusion type effect. Added, half 3/4 length sleeves. Also with tulle belt across waist fastened by a brooch at the side. With zip fastening at the back.
1950s style silk satin and chiffon cocktail dress
This lovely turquoise 1950s style cocktail dress in silk chiffon and silk satin has it’s distinct silhouette of the era, with the full skirt, 3/4 length sleeves and the fitted bodice ruched at shoulders with a v- neckline both front and back and giving it a nice little touch are the asymmetrically placed lace floral motifs on the wide cummerbund and the right shoulder. Fastens with a zipper at the back.
Worn here by the lovely Sarah.
Early 1950s inspired velvet cocktail dress
This delightful early 1950s inspired red velvet cocktail dress, slightly gathered at shoulders and with v-neckline both at the front and back and wide attached cummerbund belt, full skirt and 3/4 length sleeves with darts at elbows is a classic example of the dresses of the era. Zip closure at the back.
A late 50s illusion top dress
This lime green silk beauty has the very popular sweetheart neckline with tulle top with long sleeves, yet another staple of the era, creating the illusion effect. The floor length skirt makes it for more formal, evening wear. The belt also features an original 1950s diamante buckle. Zip closure at the back.