Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Irene Lentz, better known simply as Irene, was an acclaimed multi Academy Award nominated costume designer for stars such as Ginger Rogers, Hedy Lamarr, Ingrid Bergman, and most famously for Lana Turner's midriff-baring and turban wearing wardrobe for The Postman Always Rings Twice. Irene also designed custom gowns for Bullock's Wilshire and this oyster satin gown with flocked floral motif is a spectacular example of Irene's designs of the 40s and 50s. Her costumes were notoriously costly and the gown below cost a small fortune when it was designed for the original owner in the late 1940s. Irene continued with costume design in the 1950s (often for Doris Day) but also concentrated on her successful boutique business. She took her life in 1962 and will be remembered for bringing glamour to fashion on and off screen. To learn more about Irene, go to http://www.irene-lentz.com/ where her great grand niece shares many historical photos, sketches, and anecdotes about this 20th Century fashion legend.

Irene outstanding custom couture oyster satin and flocked pink and olive velvet evening gown, c. late 1940s. Modern size 4 SOLD
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