"Designer Philippe Tournaye was born Baron Philippe Tournaye d’Asten in about 1925, in Belgium. He began his fashion career when he worked for five years with Jacques Fath in Paris. He arrived in the US in 1949 and worked for two years for Chez Ninon, then the custom division of Bonwit Teller. He then became the chief designer for the suit and coat house Marquise, for whom he worked until about mid-1963, after which Tournaye became a designer for the dress house Rembrandt." (courtesy of VFG)
This lovely Philippe Tournaye dress is from his work at the house Rembrandt and so dates to the mid to late 1960s. It has two layers: the first layer is robins egg blue silk and the second layer over it is a blend of green, blue & purple flowers in a silk chiffon. The two layers are stitched together closely from the waist down, but the bodice from the waist up is more of a loose fitting overlay and creates a beautiful sheer effect. There is a 21" center back zipper and five dainty covered buttons with simple string loops at the back of the bodice. Dress has two bust darts, four waist darts and a 5" hand stitched hem. There is a deep pleat sewn into the left side of the skirt of the dress with a matching corsage sewn there at the waist.
Label: Philippe Tournaye Rembrandt
Fabric: Pure Silk
Size: marked 12
Fits Like A Modern: 6
Shoulder to Waist: 16"
Back: 14 1/2"
Length: 38 1/2"
Sleeve Length: sleeveless
CONDITION: Very good to excellent. There is a thin 3" pull in the fabric on the left side of the bodice which you can view here: (View this photo) and the zipper sticks a bit, especially toward the top. The dress has been recently dry cleaned and is ready to wear, although it does have a very faint "storage" scent that could probably be solved with a day out in the sun & fresh air.