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1940s Valentina Floral Silk Ensemble
This rare Valentina creation is a true find. Made of ivory silk taffeta, printed with delicate bouquets of roses, this ensemble presents a chic, yet romantic look. The metal (talon) zipper is not only "hidden" but the metal teeth were actually covered with fabric, so the fabric zips under the pull completely hiding it from view. The design of the gown is a marvel. The halter bodice drapes beautifully, with that bit of tension above the navel that creates the folds you see in the picture. The little bow at the small of the back reflects innocence, but the bare back counters that with pure sex appeal. The deep pleats at the waist flow sweetly into a skirt that has volume, but also has a long, lean look. The little jacket crosses over in the front, and closes with a few little hooks at the waist. The back comes down to the waist, then it swoops up to an empire line in the front. There is a little applique bouquet on the left side of the bodice made from the taffeta fabric. At first I feared it was a repair, or perhaps it was there to cover a stain, but after shining a flashlight through the fabric, it is clear this was put there by Valentina to balance out the pattern. The workmanship is perfect, and the shape of the applique is so intricate, it is obvious it was a detail, not a cover up.
condition - good. There are a few pin holes at the center of the chest, probably from a brooch. There is also very faint yellowing under the arms, and a small area on the hem that has yellowed with a tiny tear in the fabric,as shown in the last 3 photos.
No size, fits like a 6
bust 36" - 38"
length 42" waist to hem