This is from the late 40s to early 50s, around the time Harvey Berin’s designer Karen Stark was awarded the prestigious Coty Award. This came from the estate of a former ballerina who wore it for one of her performances, and with it I’m including the vintage Capezio bodysuit she wore underneath. The dress is sheer and the skirt very full. It has a covered metal zipper closure on the side. The bodice is meant to be a bit blouson with kimono cap sleeves and a deep “V” neckline framed by a small lace-embellished collar.
I am simply in awe over the sheer talent that went into making this garment. I knew it was special even before I saw the Harvey Berin label on the inside of the belt. Chiffon is known for being a difficult fabric to work with, and the hands that made this must have been incredibly skilled …every single stitch is perfect, the hemline perfectly weighted, and the divine way in which it moves is simply beyond words.
Clearly, this was only worn a time or two and has been carefully stored ever since. It doesn’t even begin to show its age. I don’t see any flaws other than a small repair underneath each sleeve and a tiny crease on the belt. It is even lovelier in person, superbly made, and guaranteed to delight.
That is all I had to read and I was clicking my way to PayPal.