Vintage 1950s Designer Raoul Couture Red Roses Dress- New!
Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm
Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm
Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 14 inches + 36 cm
Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 40 inches + 102 cm
Zipper Length: none
Hem Length: 2.5 inches + 6.5 cm
Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side)
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.
* Lovely late 1950s to early 1960s commercially made dress
* Fabric is black silk with stunning red roses print with green leaves
* Classic silhouette with a fitted waist and wide skirt
* Sleeveless bodice with wide rounded neckline, can be worn off the shoulder
* Bodice has two inverted diagonal pleats from neckline to bust
* Deep scooped back with metal zipper
* Skirt has two large boxed pleats from centre waist
* Avocado green silk ribbon trim either side
* Dress is decorated with red sequins and black crescent moon spangles
* Fully lined, skirt with Pellon stiffening for structure
* Label reads Raoul Couture
Raoul Couture was a highly respected fashion house based in Flinders Lane, Melbourne from around 1955 until 1963. The head designer was Leonard Legge. All the garments from this label have been top quality and display an appreciation of fine fabrics – generally silk or wool, with embellishments. The label is one of the upper eschelon, sitting well respected amongst collectable contemporaries like Le Louvre, Hall Ludlow and Magg. Legge went on to work for another Australian high fashion label Prue Acton. The Brighton Historical Society in Victoria holds a small collection of Hartnell and Raoul Couture garments, including a Gown of the Year Award-winning dress donated by Ralph Samuel. (Courtesy of Nicole Jenkins)
No notable flaws that I can see - other than some aging to the silk decorative ribbon at the hips. Nothing really major but can easily be substituted with a new ribbon if desired. All in all, It's really in wonderful condition for its age. (The rose brooch added for photographic purposes only)
Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.
A fabulous example from one of Australia's leading labels during the 1950s. So special in person and rare to find these quality pieces. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.
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