Thursday, August 12, 2010


This post WWII Jean Desses gown is like a fine glass of red wine. It looks like one, too. This merlot-hued satin bustier gown (the French often call the color lie de vin) is a second skin silhouette that reminds us of Rita Hayworth as Gilda, but in a color that is dramatic and intoxicating, rather than a sober black. The pleated iridescent satin back features two parallel "falls" from the back of the dress and a third wide pleated fan attached below the derriere that dramatically becomes a train to follow you down the red carpet that you glide on when in a gown of this calibre.

Jean Desses Haute Couture wine satin strapless gown with dramatic pleated fan train, c. 1947. Modern 4 to narrow 6. Very minor discoloration that does not compromise the wearing of this garment.
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