Thursday, July 16, 2009


One of the chicest looks on a woman is a long sleeve evening dress that is sexy. Often designers struggle with the challenge of avoiding a matronly look when not showing a lot of flesh. It is something very evocative of 1940s glamour (think WWII-appropriate attire) and the great Russian-born American Couturier, Valentina Schlee, was the maestro of perfectly executed sexy, dramatic, and feminine dresses that revealed little skin per se, but revealed a lot of the body's curves under the fabric.

Alas, the black and white crepe georgette dress below is not a prized Valentina, but a late 1970s Jean Louis Scherrer Haute Couture evening dress that pays homage to Hollywood glamour of yesteryear with a nod to Valentina's love of wrap and tie styling. The dress has an illusion of looking like two pieces in its black and white combo but the white top seductively gathers from the shoulders to the draped waist and connects to a minimalist, lined skirt. The dress has added pizazz in the form of embroidered epaulets in black and silver leaf motifs on each shoulder. Of course, the sexiest part of the dress is the fact that someone must help you get in and out of it as it buttons up the back.

In a sense, this dress requires a date. Forget! This dress may not come with a "match" but it will sure draw an admirer who will enjoy getting you in and out of this sophisticated concoction.

Jean Louis Scherrer Haute Couture (label removed) black and white georgette 40s style long sleeve evening dress, c. late 1970s. Modern 4 to 6. A few very minor pin size spots on dress, not easily visable.
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