From the famed late fashion designer Peggy Hunt we present this stunning vintage (late 1950s to early 1960s) Black Illusion Lace Cocktail Dress. Ms. Hunt was the brilliant creator of what came to be called "The Illusion Neckline" ~~ the masterful use of marquisette lace combined with applique' lace layered over nude fabric to create a rather seductive effect. This dress is a perfect example of the feminine, sultry, yet tasteful look she became famous for.
Nude taffeta~type fabric overlaid with black marquisette & lace bodice, rayon~type fabric skirt. 14" center back zipper with 4 hook & eye closures in lace. Keyhole opening at back. Princess seams. Scalloped lace where bodice meets skirt of dress. Additional lace applique's along neckline with more detail on left side. Lacy capped sleeves. 8" inch slit in left side seam. Two panels of matching nude fabric seem to have been added under the arm and toward the back on each side~~possibly for modesty or to cover underpinnings~~which could be easily removed if preferred. Lining ends just beyond base of zipper (may have been shortened by owner). A stunning, classic vintage dress by an amazing designer who excelled at making the most of the feminine form.
- LABEL: Peggy Hunt
- FABRIC: No label.
- SIZE: No label. @ Modern size 4/6
- MEASUREMENTS: Bust: 32~34" Back: 15" Waist: 26~27" Hips: 34~36" Length: 42" shoulder to hem.
- CONDITION: Excellent. A few very tiny holes in the marquisette layer but barely visible due to busy pattern of lace overlay. (Tissue paper was used to fill out sleeves for photographs)