Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Harvey Berin Dresses

Karen Stark and Harvey Berin, 1954

Harvey Berin dresses were prized for being extremely well made and yet only moderately expensive. The company was best known for it's evening gowns and cocktail dresses, although they produced daytime dresses and suits, as well. Mr. Berin began his career in fashion in 1921 when he was only 15 years old. He hired his sister-in-law, Karen Stark, to design the line in 1942. The pair won a Coty award in 1952. Harvey Berin's evening wear was worn by many First Ladies. Perhaps the most famous was Pat Nixon's yellow silk inaugural gown. The Harvey Berin company closed in 1970.

1954: Pale pink satin ball gown.

1956: Black silk taffeta cocktail dress with side drape.

1956: Black wool jersey bodice and satin skirt combined in a beauty of a cocktail dress.

1957: Pink satin peeks out behind black lace

1958: Silk satin bubble hem gown.

1969: Pat Nixon inaugural gown.

At Couture Allure, we just listed this stunning 1950s silk satin party dress by Harvey Berin. It's another great example of the genius of Karen Stark.