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This beautiful fitted dress was created by one of Marilyn Monroe's favorite designers, Ceil Chapman. It is shockingly beautiful to see in person and equally astounding when you actually get to see the level of construction and the pure beauty of the fabric. Constructed from a vivid blue silk crepe that has a touch of stretch to it and a rich weight that in itself becomes a design element as it molds itself the the wearer's figure. This is entirely covered in swirls of deep blue glass tube beads with iridescent blue sequins trailing over and on top of those. The dress seems to be sculpted to create a second skin. The skirt hugs the hips and is cut close to the leg with a back vent to allow you to walk. The waist nips in to create that sexy hourglass, bombshell silhouette. The bodice has an inner boning and a front tulle detail to bring all the attention to the bust. The shoulders, upper back and arms are left exposed. The workmanship is exquisite and it is absolutely stunning and provocative. What I love most is that is is very close in design to the dress that was worn by Marilyn to performing for the U.S troops in Korea, February 1954 (click here to see more on our blog). Excellent, museum quality condition.

Fully lined in matching blue silky rayon. Boned through the front and back and the interior has hand finished. Closes with a painted metal side zipper. Perhaps an occasional bead or sequin missing but no bare areas that I can find. Note that the color has a slight purple undertone that does not come across in the photos

Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice to waist
Length: 31" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

c1954 Strapless Bead and Sequin Ceil Chapman Silk Dress AU1303101281495

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c1954 Strapless Bead and Sequin Ceil Chapman Silk Dress AU1303101281495

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