Vogue Paris Original 1196; ©1952; Jean Dessès - ONE PIECE DRESS. Circular skirt with shallow hip yoke has soft rolling pleats either side of front panel. No side seams. Skirt joins bodice at waist-line. Horizontal tucks release to form draped shawl collar. Three-quarter length push-up kimono sleeves, cut in one with back joined to armhole in front.
“This was one of the most flattering necklines shown at the collections – a hollow frame, just shadowing the shoulders. The kind of dinner dress that is unlimitedly useful, with its forearm sleeves, its folding skirt sheared at the ten-inch length. The original in black taffeta. Or to order in your best dark colour” (from Vogue, October 15, 1952)
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