"Maxwell Shieff was a Hollywood dress designer who counted among his clients such stars as Ginger Rogers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Rhonda Flemming. He designed all the clothes for Gracie Allen for the "Burns and Allen" show. His evening dresses are extremely rare today and this one is a beauty! Dating to the 1950s, I was told this dress was made for Elizabeth Connors, first wife of actor Chuck Connors. This dress was clearly inspired by the 1953 Jean Desses evening gown pictured here.
|1953 Jean Desses Evening Gown|
It is fashioned of vivid emerald green silk satin. The bodice has double spaghetti straps and is adorned with hand stitched beaded petals. The full, full skirt is made of layers of green petals that are beaded by hand with green bugle beads. The petals sit atop 3 layers of green tulle, the top one of which is crystal pleated. The dress is lined in green silk taffeta and each petal is individually lined with the same taffeta. The bodice is fully boned for support. The dress closes with a center back metal zipper and the petals close over it with snaps at the back.”
My next choice would also look amazing up on stage, a 1940's peplum dress with sequin heart. If I had seen this before I purchased my novelty print peplum dress... Let's just say that I believe I would have purchased this one instead. Maybe I can justify buying it as a Christmas gift to myself?
The next dress, a 1950's Razooks black silk beaded cocktail dress, I am betting weighs a ton and would look magically on the dance floor with all the lights reflecting off of it.
The last dress will probably not going to be the most loved but I love early 1960's dresses and this one is no exception. This 1960's Malcolm Starr beaded cocktail dress is to die for as far as I am concerned.
What would you purchase from Couture Allure if you had the money?