A breathtaking Mr. Blackwell Couture magenta roses velvet flocked silk-satin gown and matching reversible shawl dating back to the early 1960's. Mr. Blackwell was a significant American designer for many reasons. He was the first to present his line on a television broadcast, the first to make his line available for plus-size women and was the creator of the famous 'Ten Worst Dressed Women' list, an annual awards presentation he unveiled in January of each year. This elegant ensemble is a wonderful example of his genius. The fabric itself is a masterpiece; the velvet flocked roses with vibrant green leaves have a three-dimensional feel. The bodice has a seductive hourglass nipped waist with sculpted peplum. The figure flattering full-length wiggle skirt silhouette is cut to skim over your curves. The optional solid ivory reversible shawl really brings this gown to a new level. The New York Times in 1963 quoted a buyer from San Antonio as saying, "When Mr. Blackwell designs a dress, he keeps in mind how a woman wants to look across a room." That statement is very true when one looks at this stunning ensemble.
Bust: 35-36 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Total Length: 57 inches
This Mr. Blackwell designer gown ensemble is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working back-zipper. This set is over 60 years old and is truly a stunning look for any modern wedding, gala or holiday event.