Deadly 1940s Femme Fatale Draped Satin Charmeuse Cocktail Dress with Bishop Sleeves by Hansen Bang, Numbered


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      Vintage 1930s cocktail dress in a black rayon charmeuse with incredible draping. I couldn't capture the depth of these pleats without lightening the photos, so you aren't getting the full magnificence of the ink-black satin. The elegant late 30s silhouette is commanding and wicked, a femme fatale dress with perfect lines. The shoulders offer the boldest of shoulder pads -  they make the silhouette. The draping created by the deep pleats radiates across the bodice from shirring at the right should to diagonal pleats at the left side of the waist. Matching darts create an asymmetric hip draping, which is also a functional pocket!  The bishop sleeves are the final and best detail. It's an exquisite film noir dress made to slay. This beauty closes with a metal side zipper. It has shorter zipper at the back of the neck. This is definitely a dress loaded with allure and hints of devilry.

      This exquisite piece is made by New York designer Hansen Bang, a name mentioned next to Hattie Carnegie and Maurice Rentner in literature at the time. The prices I could find on Ms. Bang's designs is about $125 in 1945 - equivalent to $1750 today. This was a name I had never seen before, but I'll definitely be watching for it in the future - and I bet you will, too. The tag is numbered 99548. Exclusive indeed. 


      Shoulders: 15"
      Bust: 35"
      Waist: 24.5"*
      Hips: 44"
      Length: 43.5"

      *There is 1.5" selvage on right hand side seam, that could be used to alter the waist up to 1"

      Label: Hansen Bang 
      Material: Rayon Charmeuse Satin
      Condition: Very Good minus

      This dress is clean and ready to wear. There are a couple tiny abrasions on the surface of the satin low on the skirt, but nothing that stand out.  This dress wears beautifully, is sturdy as can be and ready to break hearts. Just not yours.

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