An amazingly rare and highly stylized early 1930's evening gown by the famous American designer Herman Patrick Tappé. After his first business, a millinery house, failed, Herman founded the House of Tappé in 1910 at 57th Street. A talented marketer, Tappé made much of his 1918 marriage to one of his models Anna Holch, wrote fashion articles, dressed celebrities and expanded on his renown as the designer of wedding dresses to encompass the look of entire events. This very gown could have belonged to an important Film Noir starlet. Influenced by the French modes amidst which he had built up his fashion career, Tappé was known for romantic and feminine designs. The bodice has a seductive asymmetric one sleeve drape with ultra chic cowl neckline. The skirting has gorgeous tiered flapper fringe workmanship typical of the time period and insanely hard to do on rayon crepe. This figure flattering garment accentuates the bust, skims the hip and flares out in classic "Old Hollywood" style. A hard-to-find designer treasure perfect for any modern event!
Bust: 38-39 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Hips: up to 40 inches
Total Length: 60 inches
This House of Tappé designer gown is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Bodice is lined in matching black silk. Perfectly working side handset metal-snaps and hooks. This garment is over 70 years old and is truly breathtaking.