Vintage 50s Maurice Rentner Dress w/Dramatic Collar -
Design legend, Bill Blass got his start working for Maurice Rentner. This dress dates around the mid to late 1950s (about the time the Blass began at the company.) It is a classy day-to-evening number.
The dress is made of slubbed raw silk. It's jet black. It's a great textile.
The mood is rather prim and modest, with an edge of sophistication. It's fitted through the waist with a slightly blouson bodice that's got small tucks at the bust and waist. What catches your eye first, though, is the dramatic capelet collar. It's rather sculptural and quite fetching. (Consider it the perfect frame for your face.)
When you study the details on the dress, the big buttons appear to be more than just that because they're sewn on with an "X"-- very modern. Note the bound or besom button holes, a mark of high quality craftsmanship. Oh, and yes. You will love these bracelet sleeves because they look so good with bracelets.
This dress is fully lined in silk organdy. The only closures are the buttons and two hooks and eyes at the waist.
Are you a sophisticate with a discerning eye for quality and high style? Then you must wear this. It's a stunning designer dress that's not too over-the-top and clearly stylish enough for the here and now.
Very Good. Dress is clean and free of stains. Sheer silk lining has some tears/shattering in four places. Wearable as is--no flaws show when this is worn. Missing belt.
Maurice Rentner Original , Also has store label Elise A. Runyan Distinctive Clothes Chicago
Medium weight slubbed raw silk. Fabric Notes:
This is a mid-weight fabric and the dress is fully lined. Hem is very deep. Dress has pockets.
Bust = 40 "
Waist = 28 "
Hip = 42 "
Shoulder to Waist = 16 1/2 "
Shoulder = 16 "
Sleeve = 15 "
Length = 41 1/2 "