Original 1950s 50s Black Satin Evening Dress Hostess Gown With Lurex Silver Embroidered Leaves By Harvey Nichols
This elegant dress was made from a beautiful quality satin in the 1940s. The decadent satin is embroidered with silver lurex in a bold and contrasting leaf pattern. The keyhole neckline is highlighted with three sparkly lucite buttons at the bodice. There is a long zipper down the centre of the dress from the waist to the hem and small pockets at the hip. Inside, the garment is lined in satin and has a maker’s label for Harvey Nichols of Knightsbridge. This garment would have originally been a hostess gown, perfect for luxuriating around your home in, but it would look equally stunning worn as an evening dress.
Bust: 38” (max 40”)
Length: 57 1/2”
The dress is in very good condition, it does have some very light fraying to the hem and some faint barely noticeable marks as pictured. The original zipper has been replaced with a modern plastic one at some point.
This garment is available to purchase with or without dress shields. These clever little contraptions have been made by our seamstress to an original 1940s pattern and can be simply attached to your garment by tack stitching at the corners of the underarm seam, pinning (we wouldn’t recommend that, it hurts if it goes wrong, so if you try this, it is at your own risk only) or inserting tiny poppers. They then stand ready to absorb any sweat and body odours as needed and you can simply detach and launder them instead of your garment, saving you a fortune in dry cleaning bills.
They are equally suitable for suits, blazers and dresses and come in two different options:
1. Pure cream cotton for your heavier weight dresses, blazers and suits
2. White cotton muslin for lightweight summer dresses (so they don’t show through the fabric)
They are universally sized and super easy to use even for a sewing novice as only a couple of tiny stitches are required at each side to secure them.
We sell Dress Shields as a standalone item or at a discount if you purchase them with a garment. We will select the appropriate type to match the garment you have purchased.