Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Harvey Berin for Bergdorf Goodman, 1956


Harvey Berin is one of my favorite vintage labels. This stunning dress was sold by Bergdorf Goodman and featured in a full page ad in December of 1956. 

"Out of the Blue by Harvey Berin $175
As fragile-looking as a snowflake drifting through the night. Our short evening dress of imported white French point d'esprit appliqued with pale blue French silk Chantilly lace embroidered with rhinestones. Heavenly dressing after dark for sizes 8 to 16. Ready-to-Wear Evening Gowns, Fourth Floor."

Point d'esprit is white lace netting with little polka dots woven into it.  The blue Chantilly lace appliques were individually cut and appliqued onto the white point d'esprit base and the whole thing sparkles with rhinestones.  Maybe someday I'll see this dress in person.  For now, I have to dream about it.

$175 in 1956 is equal to about $1,502 in today's dollar!

Photo by Sharland for Bergdorf Goodman full page ad appearing in Harper's Bazaar, 1956.

3 comments:

BetterDressesVintage said...

What amazes me is how modern fashion magazines refer to this length dress or skirt as 'dowdy.' But this is so feminine, so flattering, and yes, sexy, too in the way it shows off the figure. Nothing matronly about this. Or am I wrong?

Fashionista said...

Can you imagine how this would shimmer and sparkle?! Oh how beautiful. If I had a super-power it would be to bring these illustrations to life......

thejefferyvintage said...

...and then the little-girl-hairdo? Does not do the dress (and its price) justice...

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