1930's Molyneux Haute-Couture Applique Floral Silk-Velvet Gown
Incredibly rare and highly collectable Edward Molyneux three-piece gown ensemble from 1932. After a period working for the British fashion designer Lucile, Molyneux opened his fashion house in Paris and became known for his "never too rich or too thin" idle slim "refined at the edge of outrageous" look, frowning on superfluous decoration. He firmly believed in simplicity; subtle in color and perfect in cut. Molyneux dressed the likes of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gertrude Lawrence, Margaret Leighton, and Vivien Leigh. His followers included Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain.
This stunning sapphire-blue & black silk-velvet gown is a beautiful example of his genius. I love the color combination and timeless silhouette. A plunging neckline sits atop a fitted bias-cut that skims over the hips. The back is also a seductive scoop and the shoulder straps are cut to sit wide so you get a peek of collarbone. My favorite part is the hand-stitched floral appliques. The care to piece them together after carefully selecting matching hues must have taken days. This garment was definitely made for someone of great importance. As Caroline Milbank once pointed out, "Molyneux was the designer to whom a fashionable woman would turn if she wanted to be absolutely right without being utterly predictable"
Total Length:58 inches
This breathtaking Edward Molyneux numbered 64352 haute-couture gown is in excellent condition with no rips,holes or stains. Matching silk slip built-in under gown. The inside is immaculate and hand-finished. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value. Museum quality and a true rarity.