A rare offering of a sophisticated ensemble circa 1960's by noted Bristish designer Norman Hartnell. Beautifully constructed and designed in wonderful condition and quite wearable.
Consists of a sleeveless round neckline sheath with matching semi fitted coat both fashioned of heavy superior quality black silk shantung and fully lined. Both dress hemline and coat sleeves are constructed with separate individually folded rectangles arranged in 3 layer tiers. Wrist treatment is flared out with front closure enhanced by bound buttonholes with 5 large covered handwoven buttons. This is an amazing day to evening evening ensemble to be worn together or independently creating additional outfits. Additionally, can be worn all year round.
Condition: Beautiful excellent condition and has been cleaned. Very substantial well made piece.
Measurements: no size tag. Dress bust: to 36"; waist: 29"; hips: 39"; length: 43"; Coat bust: to 40"; length: 46"; sleeve: 23"; shoulder: 15 1/4"
Hartnell's career in designing extravagant and opulent fashion for London society started with Lucile. He went on to open his fashion business in London in 1923, designing lavish grand evening costumes that appeared bigger than life. His ability to create fashions fit for royalty allowed him to receive a commission to design for the royal family of England.