I thought I would feature something extra fabulous for my first post! I adore this gorgeous lace illusion bombshell dress by Sorelle Fontana! It is an amazing piece of fashion history! Such a rare find...coveted Italian label, in near mint condition (museum quality). Size is a vintage size 14 (modern size approx Australian 10-12 or universal medium-large). Please note the dress looks big on my AU size 8 model (I wouldn't dare pin it).
Three sisters formed Sorelle Fontana (sisters Fontana) in Rome in 1943. In the following years, the glamourous designs of Sorelle became much sort-after by European aristocracy and royalty. By the 1950's Sorelle Fontana was well-known in the United States. Their customers included Hollywood stars and famous women such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, and Jacqueline Kennedy.
I will be selling this dress in my ebay shop before the end of the year...stay tuned...
Of course this dress is exquisitely tailored! It features beautiful black chantilly lace which floats over black satin acetate taffeta. Lace is scalloped on neckline, back and sleeves. There is a layer of black tulle underneath the lace for added strength. Classic wiggle cut which creates an hourglass appearance. Shelf bust is fitted and strapless. Metal zipper at back with hook and eye closure.
Looks 50's however the label says "export" and in 1960 Sorelle Fontana launched their ready-to-wear collection for the US market. The dress could possibly be from the first ready-to-wear collection.