Castillo couture gown
An important and early design, circa 1940's, by Antonio del Castillo for Elizabeth Arden. Designed at the time he became the new head of Elizabeth Arden Couture, immediately following his predecessor, Charles James. Castillo had excellent training having worked for Chanel, Robert Piguet and Paquin in their Couture Salons. In 1942, he became the new head at Arden and in 1950 designed for the House of Lanvin until 1963, when he opened his own couture house in Paris.
The gown fashioned of copper silk tissue taffeta with sweetheart neckline, ruched bustline with sheath style skirt featuring dramatic bustle fantail back. Spectacular, highly dramatic couture eveningwear entrance piece, displaying Old World elegance and formality.
Bust: to 34"; waist: 28"; hips: 38"; length: 60"+
Condition: excellent. Also, comes with a separate interior bustier/bra made for the dress.