A highly coveted and incredibly glamorous Irene Lentz custom couture candlelight cream gown dating back to the late 1940's. Irene Lentz stunned the world in the 1930's, 40's and 50's with her ingeniously constructed, sophisticated, couture-standard garments. After charming Los Angeles society and celestial celebrities with her jaw-dropping custom work at Bullock’s Wilshire, the designer was plucked to helm the illustrious glamour factory of stunning costumes at MGM Studios. The two time Academy Award nominated Irene is best known for her work with Silver Screen Legends Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, and Doris Day. Desiring to offer her designs to women off the screen, she founded the manufacturing company Irene, Inc. with investment support from twenty-five of the nation’s leading department stores.
This magnificent candlelight cream silk satin strapless bustier gown is a beautiful example of her genius. Though this gown was most likely made for a red carpet style event, it would also be a fantastic alternative bridal look. The strapless boned bodice has an alluring sculpted asymmetric peak bustier design. Definitely looks like a construction that inspired Vivienne Westwood. I love the structured corset-like bustier interior which really nips in the waist and holds for perfect fit. So incredibly figure flattering! The stylized charm of the high-low skirting with cascading train personify 'Old Hollywood' luxury. These early American couturier pieces are rare, as they were not mass produced and were incredibly expensive to make. This stunning piece of fashion history would make an unforgettable wedding look.
Bust: 34-35 inches
Waist: 26-27 inches
Hips: up to 38 inches
This iconic late 1940's Irene Lentz designer gown is in beautiful condition with no noticeable rips, holes or alternations. The inside is hand-finished and the workmanship is of couture standards. Perfectly working back metal-zipper and corset style boning. Only sign of wear are a few pulls to the silk fabric which are not noticeable when worn. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.