This incredible early 1940s dress is an absolute gem of Old Hollywood wickedness, designed by Troy Stix under the Herbert Sondheim label. This babe is all sleek ivory jersey, with styling that slays. Those SHOULDER are everything, sculpted and strong. It has a high neckline and zip-front closure, early designer zipper usage that is always so compelling. There's curving gathers under the bust that create drape on the bodice. Shirred panels attach to the skirt in softly draped loops. Original a gown, this was shortened in the past to the current cocktail length.
Shoulders: 16.5" (the shoulder pads really are huge)
Bust: 36" - 39"
Waist: 24"-snug 25"
Label: Herbert Sondheim by Troy Stix
Material: Rayon Jersey
Condition: Good, as is
This killer dress has been both dry cleaned and hand washed. The most notable flaw is that this would have once been a gown, and someone shortened it to 42 in the past, then let it out again to 44", and the hem is finished only with a hand stitch, no seam binding. This was quite yellowed when I found it, and I have worked gently to whiten it. There remains a light line of yellowing at the 42" hem mark, and there is still light yellowing along the arms, a small area of the upper back, and folds in the draping, but due to the shadows this really isn't visible - it's also quite minor, overall, and not notable when worn. I find no other issues to note!