Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Copper Mermaid

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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