1950s Clothing

Estevez cocktail dress 1950s black low back | XS

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Size: XS
Bust: measures 35” flat to fit approx. 34”
Waist: measures 26” flat to fit approx. 25”
Hip: measures 35” flat to fit approx. 32” to 33”
Length: 38.5” from shoulder to hem
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Shoulder to shoulder: approx. 14”
Label: Unlabeled. Almost certainly designed by Estevez.

This unlabeled, low-back Estevez dress in black rayon crepe is the perfect mid-century LBD! Known for his lovely cocktail and evening dresses, sexy-yet-elegant designs and couture-quality detailing, Luis Estevez almost certainly designed this mid to late 1950s cocktail dress. Since it is without any labels, we suspect that either the label has been removed, or that it may have been created by a skilled dressmaker using an Estevez pattern, like the one shown (pattern photo, circa 1956, used by permission from So Vintage Patterns). It does not appear homemade in any detail. From the front, the sleeveless sheath-style dress has a clean silhouette, fitted to the body with curving seams at the waist and from the bust to the hip, plus vertical darts. The high neckline has a draped, triangular overlay in front, almost like a scarf.  It is the back, however, that is the star of the show on this dress, with its low-cut back and large, sparkling rhinestone buckle. The buckle is attached to a small sash that covers the top of the back metal zipper. The dress is lined in black taffeta and it is in excellent condition with one minor issue to note: it appears that the rhinestone buckle has been removed in the past, probably for dry cleaning, and then re-sewn onto the dress, slightly crookedly. As well as the pattern photo, we have also included a photo of a (previously sold, by us) Estevez dress that is very similar to this one, to help with it’s likely attribution to the designer.

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