Mam'selle Betty Carol black cocktail dress LBD 1960s XS

1960s Clothing

$95.00
SKU:
DR1608

SOLD

This wonderfully chic, 1960s little black dress owes it narrow, tubular shape with flounces below each hip to the influence of the 1920s silhouette, which was very popular at the time. Labeled “Mam’selle by Betty Carol”, the dress was made by a high-quality US juniors label, as the fairly intricate design and tailoring shows. The body of the dress is shaped by lots of darts and princess seaming, which create a high, pointy bustline, above its straight, narrow waist and hips. Just below each hip, the dress has a gathered flounce to the hem, each side trimmed with a luscious silk satin bow. Underneath the flounces, stiff tulle has been added to create fullness at the sides of the hem. I have shown the dress inside out in my photos, both front and back, to better show the complicated seaming and the various lining fabrics. The outer, mid-weight crepe fabric is most likely a rayon and acetate blend. The dress lining fabrics include a plain weave, lightweight acetate (or acetate blend), with a stiffer, thicker fabric like muslin or linen (probably also acetate/blend) at the back section of the skirt only. The dress may have been let out a bit just below the zipper at the center back hip area, where the lining fabric is different. You can see the unusual, extra high bust darts best from the inside-out photo of the dress—they create a diamond shape at each cup area. The dress also has 4 weights inserted into the hem, 2 in front and 2 in back, between the hem flounces. The dress fastens with a metal zipper in back, and has no flaws to note. This elegant 1960s sleeveless black cocktail dress is in excellent condition—just add pearls for a very “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look!

Size: XS
The dress fits well on my mannequin, who measures 33” bust, 24.5” waist, 33” hips—except that the bust cups are a bit too high/pointy for her!
Bust: 34” flat, with up to a B-cup max. extra room in cups area
Waist: 29” flat to fit up to max. 27”
Hip: 36” flat to fit up to max. 34” (measured just above bows)
Length: 38.5” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to satin bows (just below hips): 18”
Shoulder to shoulder: 13.5”
Label: Mam’selle by Betty Carol