An absolutely exquisite 1950's magenta silk jersey hand-painted printed dress once owned by the talented Yma Sumac. Yma Sumac (1922–2008) was a noted Peruvian soprano and the original Queen of Exotica. Her International fame began in the early 1950's. She is remembered best for her extraordinary vocal range, which was well over four and a half octaves. She was also quite the fashionista, and in 2010 'V' fashion magazine voted her one of the top 5 World Muses. Though I could not find any pictures, this stunning 'New Look' dress comes from her personal wardrobe. The fabrication is truly beautiful; white hand painted embellishments on a vibrant floral bow print sheer silk. metallic silver lamé beaded appliqued deco palm on ruched silk jersey. I love them flirty slight off-shoulder ruched silk jersey bodice. The nipped-waist, full swing skirt finishes this garment off with the perfect 'New Look' vibe. As Damon, Yma Sumac's personal assistant, told me, "Yma herself was behind the making of any of her custom made clothes. She loved elegance mixed with a touch of exotic. I was fascinated to see how much effort was put into each piece and the contraptions she had added inside for the perfect physique no matter what her age or weight at the time."
Waist: 26 inches
Hips: Free Sweep
Total Length: 45 inches
This vintage Yma Sumac owned dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working back metal zipper in place. A rare mid-century treasure you will cherish for years to come.