1940s Don Loper Black Wool and Silk Illusion Dress

 

 

If you happen to be a fan of vintage 'Fifties 'I Love Lucy' shows, you may remember designer Don Loper from The Fashion Show episode.  Loper was a Hollywood costume designer from the 1930s to the 1960s. Loper's knack for designing spectacular gowns also garnered him work as the costumer for New York's Copacabana nightclub during it's heyday.  You wouldn't know that from gazing upon this dress. Demure and sophisticated in a way that is not often found today, the shirtwaist cut bodice is created from sheer black silk chiffon over a nude illusion lining - gathered below the bust into a slim, high waist skirt in fine wool crepe. The dress buttons through the waist and hip with self-covered buttons, and has a walking vent in the back and snap closures on the barrel sleeve cuff. Bust measurements 36", waist 27", hip 35", shoulder 15", sleeve 25" length 42". Carrying a Don Loper Originals and a Johns-Roberts label, this is in excellent condition. sold

 

 

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