Late 1950s Early 1960s Couturier Laroche Chemise Dress - New!
Bust: 40 inches + 102 cm (Meant to be loose)
Length: 19 inches + 48 cm
Under Dress with Skirt
Bust 38 inches + 96 cm
Waist: 30 inches + 76 cm
Hips: 38 inches + 96 cm
Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm
Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 41 inches + 104 cm
Hem Length: 5 inches + 13 cm
Zipper Length: Various (several zippers)
Seam Allowance: 2 inches per side + 5cm per side at least
Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.
* Top quality late 1950s to early 1960s couturier dress
* Luxurious satin fabric with impressionist floral print in vibrant pinks and reds
* Classic chemise silhouette with straight front and blouson back
* Dress is two piece with short sleeved bodice that falls to hipline
* Back has draping with surplice overlap and giant self bow
* Skirt is attached to a silk upper slip
* Fully lined with professional couturier finish
* Closed-in metal zippers
* Label reads Guy Laroche
Laroche was born in La Rochelle and began his career in milinery. From 1949, Laroche worked for Jean Desses, eventually becoming his assistant. In 1955, he visited the U.S. to investigate new ready to wear manufacturing methods and subsequently founded his high-fashion atelier at 37 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris. In his first collection he reintroduced vibrant colours such as pink, orange, coral, topaz, and turquoise. His clothes also featured plunging neck and back lines. Known as being humble and gracious—as opposed to the haughty nature of most Parisian designers—he designed haute-couture, but practical clothing for women. For the American market, he was one of the first to create separates. Along with the excellent workmanship throughout his garments he also resured that it designed for practical use. In 1961, he moved to larger quarters, a townhouse at 29 Avenue Montaigne Pais and opened a boutique there .Guy Laroche died in Paris on 17 February 1989, at the age of 67.
The Chemise was a more flattering derivation of The Sack dress. It similarly bypassed the waist, suggesting rather than defining the shape within.The fullness at the back was achieved by gathering loose pleats, inverted tucks or draped folds into fitted bands at either waist or hip level. The enthusiasm with which department stores and dress shops within Europe, US, Canada and Australasia embraced the chemise, saw the trend reach far beyond the main cities to smaller country centres. The one constant with the chemise dress was the full back. Other features differed according to the maker. Cole of California, of swimsuit fame, conceived the chemise as a sleeveless sunfrock in floral printed cotton. Short sleeves, cap sleeves, double cap sleeves and bell sleeves proved popular, as did button-through backs, drop-waisted tie belts (at the back) and contrasting front panels. Horrockses Cottons imagined the chemise as an elongated nautical-style middy with a vertical collar and a V-neck culminating in a floppy bow. Necklines might be V, square, scooped, cowl or bateau, the latter running horizontally across the collar-bone, shoulder to shoulder. The bateau was used, to stunning effect, in the designs of the teen-dream American label Jonathon Logan. Here, Guy Laroche has accentuated the back with a gigantic floppy bow.In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that designers of the chemise were bitten by the bow bug. The bow, was the decorative detail du jour. Strategically placed, back and front, on dropped waist-bands, shoulders and necklines, its flatness suited the chemise’s angular lines. The fabrics most favoured for chemise dresses and suits were mainly cotton, satin or silk as they were those soft enough to facilitate back blousing or draping . Woollen materials and French silk velvets were often selected for coats. Its heyday in fashion did not last long, it was quickly superseded by the next fad to hit the worldwide fashion market - the Trapeze dress. The Sack, the Chemise and the Trapeze provoked comment and excited the imagination in equal measure. But their most significant contribution to fashion was that they were catalysts for change. (Courtesy of Cecilie Geary for the New Zealand Fashion Museum)
Excellent condition too, in fact looks hardly worn. The only issue is that it has a tiny hole in the lining fabric of the underdress. Not seen at all when worn and can be easy darned. Cleaned and ready to wear.
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An amazing and impeccably styled dress, the fabric and construction is of the highest quality, to be expected from this respected couturier.
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