Couture construction, finest fabric and timeless design
Helga Kallman Oppenheimer designed better suits, dresses and evening wear, and this luxurious example dates from the 1950s to early 60s. Besides the Helga label, the dress has Spokane’s Crescent department store label. The construction of the dress has couture elements, with quite a bit of beautiful hand sewing in evidence.
The dress has a fitted bodice with beautiful front draping. There are two side back bones for structure, and a long back covered metal zipper. The spaghetti straps intertwine at the tops of the shoulders. There is a flat bow at the waist. and inside is a petersham ribbon. The skirt is in two layers, with a straight and narrow under skirt with a long back slit, and a full over skirt which is open down the center front. The over skirt’s fullness is created by wide box pleats all around, along with the a slightly crisp interfacing and the taffeta lining. The regal blue fabric is silk with a muted satin finish and horizontal slubbing.
Size: Bust = 36"; waist = 27"; hip = 38"; top of strap to waist = 15"; waist to hem = 36"