LOT 720 RARE CHARLES JAMES STRAPLESS TREE BALLGOWN, c. 1952.
Pink silk taffeta having boned, fitted sweetheart bodice with graceful double arc at back, covered in angled 1/2 inch pleats dipping into a front point at waist, interior satin corset, draped apron polonaise pleated at the reverse angle into outer back zipper forming a diamond at the waist over full skirt with six crinoline layers of rose pink to white, gathered at back for added volume over two semi-rigid under skirts, one trumpet flared around a second pencil skirt with bustle above ruffled silk hem. Not signed or labeled. B-35, W-24, L-59. (Silk fragile, bodice has tears at bust, under right arm and in zipper area, scattered small holes in polonaise, skirt unstitched from bodice at left side, silk shattering at hem area, interior construction and underskirts very sound, could be restored) fair. MMA. IMPORTANT UPDATE TO PROVENANCE:We have just received the donor provenance of this dress from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The original owner was Eleanor Searle (Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney) Whitney McCollum (c. 1908-2002). $12,000Read More