Mainbocher was a well-respected couturier who operated fashion houses in Paris and later New York from the 1930's through the 1960's. Mainbocher's arrival in New York coincided perfectly with the city élite's love for French couture, for though he epitomized it, he satisfied their patriotism because he was actually an American. The integrity of luxurious fabrics, intricate cut, quality workmanship were cherished by Mainbocher's upper crust customers. This early 1940's gown is a perfect example of his genius. The fabric is a lush mid-weight midnight blue silk-velvet. The thin-strap sculpted plunge really compliments the classic nipped-waist silhouette. You get the effect of elegance and edgy at the same time. I love the elegant full-length swing skirt which really moves beautifully when worn. As Mainbocher once said "I have never known a really chic woman whose appearance was not, in large part, an outward reflection of her inner self."
Bust: 32-33 inches
Waist: 25 inches
Hips: Swing Sweep
Total Length: 57 inches
This Mainbocher custom couture dress is in excellent condition with no stains, holes or repairs. Perfectly working original back hidden metal-zipper. The workmanship is immaculate and all hand-finished. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.