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This piece is in EXCELLENT CONDITION with just a few minor threads out of place, and just a few minor tears to the silk lining (a lining that is SO rare to find in place at all! I also read that Marie Therese "made other dresses for Grace Kelly during her time as Princess of Monaco." I have also found a 1960's gown that had both a Jean Desses label as well as the Marie Therese label.
That gown was sold at auction and was believed to have been owned by internationally renowned ballerina, Margot Fonteyn.
She wasn't old enough for it to be hers, but may have been collected by her? They came with the outfit, so you may want to purchase them with the habit. MEASUREMENTS: Bodice measures 32" bust, 12" across back, 24" waist.
Skirt measures: 26" waist, 38" long from waist to hem in front, 46" long in back.
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Castillo designed for the House of Lanvin from 1950-1962.The House of Reville was started in 1906 by William Reville Terry and his partner, a Miss Rossiter. A Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto.By 1910, Reville was the London court dressmaker and it was he who designed the coronation robe for Queen Mary in 1911. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geisha after learning how to dance, play the shamizen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto).I have owned this dress in my private collection for over 20 years. I have read that brand new top quality Katsura (Geisha) wigs can sell for up to ,000. Fairly heavy weight pieces in what seems to be a cotton blend (? The skirt is slight hip-hugger, A-line and seems the zipper is to be worn in the front!!! Items like this extraordinary, intricately embroidered cap (or bonnet) are rarely seen outside of museums!When I purchased, it was said to have been worn by Mrs. Sadly, I couldn't close it on my smallest dressform (it measures 30" bust, 22" waist), but you'd want a smaller dressform as the off-the-shoulder shape shouldn't be stressed. Calvin Coolidge's (Grace Coolidge) show-stopping inaugural gown. From my research, these were actually referred to as "gold caps", and this type of headwear was common in Germany and surrounds.
This one is a riding habit with the skirt that can be worn down as a skirt, or hiked up (as you see) with the silvertone skirt lifter (that came with it). There is one button missing as well (so I would move the top button down and wear a large pin (cameo) at the top buttonhole.... There is a handwritten tag inside that reads "Lepper Gardner".