Breathtaking and incredibly rare Helen Rose designer couture blush-pink beaded cocktail dress dating back to the early 1960's Old Hollywood era. Helen Rose won two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design: for "The Bad and the Beautiful" in 1952 and for "I'll Cry Tomorrow" in 1955. She was nominated a further eight times and was well known for designing famous iconic looks of the stars for this era. She designed the wedding dress of Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. She also designed clothing for Elizabeth Taylor in the movies "Father of the Bride" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", as well as Elizabeth Taylor's bridal gown when she married Conrad Nicky Hilton. Helen Rose, like Edith Head and Irene Lentz, was one of the rare women who became chief costume designer for a major film studio. Her style was elegant and understated but still extremely innovative.
This sparkling museum quality dress is a perfect example of her pure genius. The fabric itself is a masterpiece; triple layered blush pink silk chiffon that has been embellished by hand with elegant glass-beads, large crystals, and faux pink pearls in the most gorgeous floral motif. Such dazzling 3-dimensional texture! The sculpted low v-neck front and back bodice really compliment the elaborate fabrication. I adore the hourglass nipped waist cocktail silhouette which Helen Rose did so well. Helen's couture line existed from 1957-1971. In 1957, the price for her retail version of the Liz Taylor "Cat" short chiffon dress was $250. Just imagine the original price of a beaded showstopper of this caliber! This is an opportunity to experience the luxury and glamour that was reserved for filmland's most famous women. An extremely special vintage look that is perfect of any upcoming modern wedding or red carpet event. We added many pictures so you can really understand this masterful achievement.
Bust: 32-33 inches
Waist: 25 inches
Hips: up to 35 inches
Total Length: 40 inches
This Helen Rose designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Presents beautifully. Perfectly working back hand set back-zipper and inner waist-stay. Garment is fully lined in matching pink silk. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.