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Vintage 50's Red Ceil Chapman Draped Cocktail Evening Dress M/L


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Most fabulous vintage 50's Ceil Chapman draped bust, tea length evening dress. The song, "Lady in Red", comes to mind every time I lay my eyes on this dress. Being a favorite designer of Marilyn Monroe, the Ceil Chapman designer label is a favorite among vintage clothing collectors. And looking at this dress I can see why!

This is a rare opportunity to own a red, elaborately draped, expertly tucked and gathered Chapman dress. It features the classic fitted bodice Chapman style with a scoop neckline. The draping has a folded pleat that continues down into a sash off the high waist line for slightly empire effect. There is an exquisite velvet rose at the waist. The off the shoulder sleeves have the same fold pleats with continued draping. It also features V shaped open back with the continued folded draping. The skirt is flared out and has a backing inside called pellon, which gives the skirt added body to make it stand out. See picture below.

There is your typical metal zipper down the back for closure.

It has been told to me that Ceil Chapman started using the pellon on her gowns in 1955. I have tried to research this particular dress for a month, hoping to find an old advertisement, pattern, etc. with a picture and date for it. One fashion historian did find a very SIMILAR style from Ceil's line in the autumn of 1956, where the rose peeked out from a bustle fold at the BACK of the rose bedecked tea length dress. This dress is believed to be from the 1956 collection of Ceil Chapman.

Perfect for the Ceil collector or the avid vintage clothing collector. And of course in plenty of time before the Holiday rush.

As for condition, please read the following carefully! Overall the dress is in excellent condition, nothing major, but all of the following are VERY minor, and I want to be very clear and thorough. On the back of the right shoulder on the drape folds are several picks in a row. See picture below.

On the front center of the skirt there are two water marks, the pictures of course are taken under bright photography lights, under regular room lighting they not too noticeable but they are there. These may come out with dry cleaning. I live in small town USA and I am not taking a Ceil Chapman to the local dry cleaners! See pictures below.

On the waistline close to the sash is a pin hole, probably where the rose was pinned at one time. See picture below.

Please view my How to measure guide to insure proper fit. Let's talk about the color of this red dress, the closest color for me to describe it to you is Cinnabar, put in this #E13D3D for the Cinnabar color to show. Keep in mind digital photography, and computer monitors may be somewhat different. Please ask any and ALL questions before purchasing, ALL Sales Final. USA shipping gets free delivery confirmation, International buyers will have to pay for Global Express Shipping, with signed confirmation, no exceptions.

Label:     Ceil Chapman
Color:     Red (Cinnabar)
Fabric:    Acetate Taffeta   
Sleeve:   Short
Skirt:      Tea Length

Women's Formal Evening Dress

Bust:      38
Waist:     30
Hips:       Free
Length:   46
Size:       M/L


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