1950s Ivory Silk Satin Wedding Gown

 

 

 

 

 

The postwar 1950s brought about a return to traditional roles for men and women - we're thinking Stepford Wives here - and fashion reflected the change in values.  Saks Fifth Avenue was the store to acquire not just your trousseau, but the gown as well.  This beautiful ivory silk satin gown is a fine example of the unequaled quality of Saks' wedding gowns of the era. A traditional ball gown with a chapel length train, it has a wide, scooped neckline embellished with a simple looped appliqué, which is also on the skirt. The bodice has a bust eased with tucks topstitched into the side seam under the bust, and a short tucked sleeve. Full length back zipper closure. The overall condition of the dress is excellent.  The paper backing (to stiffen the skirt) is intact, with minimal, if any, cracking. There are a few scattered brown spots on the skirt (wedding cake perhaps), the worst of which is about 1/2 centimeter in diameter. This gown was worn in 1957 by the bride of Michael Downey, son of the Irish Nightingale, tenor Morton Downey,  and we'll include the newspaper clipping of the wedding announcement. We display the gown on our dress form with a bust measurement of 35", an under bust of 30" and a waist of 24".  There is a smidgen of room in the cup of the bust, we're calculating the fit to be about a 34B.  Across the back, beneath the underarm measures 15", seam to seam. Center back to edge of shoulder is 7", center back to the end of the sleeve is 17", so that makes the sleeve length about 10".  The dress measures 58" shoulder to front hem, with the train an additional 26" long.  The measurement at the front, waist to hem is 43". Best on a modern size 4 or slender 6.  sold