Striking 1950s Silk Satin Ceil Chapman Designer Dress- New!

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SKU #1842


Size: Small

Bust:  36 inches + 91 cm 

Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm

Hips: Free

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  46 inches + 117 cm 

Hem Length: none

Zipper Length: 12 inches + 30 cm

Note: Measurements taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. 



* Striking 1950s deep coral silk satin designer dress

* Fabric design features embroidered trailing flowers 

* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

* Cap sleeved bodice with deep sweetheart neckline

* Bodice is boned for support

* Very full skirt with inseam pockets

* Fully lined with hand finished hem

* Low back with metal zipper

* Label reads Ceil Chapman

Ceil Chapman, as described by her son Peter, had design skills akin to engineering and indeed, if one studies her skillful draping and tucking and folding of fabric, it is clear as to what he meant. Born in Staten Island she became a Chapman when she married her first husband Samuel, with whom she went into business in 1940, having previously set up a company with Gloria Vanderbilt, which traded, albeit briefly, as Her Ladyship Gowns. The earliest Chapman label, ‘A Chapman Original’, endured for around three or four years until it gave way to the simple black on white, or white on black ‘Ceil Chapman’, A needle and thread were incorporated into the logo in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Ceil is often said to be Marilyn Monroe’s favourite designer and  the star did indeed wear some Chapman designs, as did a variety of other stars such as Deborah Kerr, who was a personal friend, Elizabeth Taylor, for whom she designed a wedding dress, and Mamie van Doren, who chose a white, beaded, strapless Chapman gown to attend a film premier on behalf of Universal Studios publicity machine that was ‘marketing’ her as a star. Ceil designed for the movies and television and specialised in cocktail and more formal evening wear. Although her clothes were not cheap she did manage to make them affordable to many and her label could be found in department stores and boutiques. Favourite fabrics included silk, taffeta, jersey, chiffon, organdy, cotton and metallic brocades often embellished with beads, lace and sequins. She tended to stick to fairly tried and tested signature styles and so her designs are easily identifiable but also often copied Ceil Chapman died in the late 1970s.



This dress is in excellent condition for its age.  No notable flaws that I can see, apart from some stress to the boning, although this does not affect the wearability or presentation of the dress. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.


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