Norman Norell was the designer lovingly referred to as "The American Balenciaga" because of his perfect tailoring. The attention to detail in all of his work is astounding; just turn the dress inside out and you will see what we mean. The mermaid dress below is one of Norell's most famous and iconic designs. Long-sleeved, knee length, and made from red jersey, the entire dress is covered with copper paillettes, giving it an amazing metallic sheen from a distance. Though they are considered very rare, we've had the good fortune to blog many a Norell mermaid dress. To see the other posts click here.
Norman Norell red jersey and copper paillettes, long sleeve, knee length mermaid dress, c.1960's. Contemporary size 4 to small 8.
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