The Ivy Retreat

1960's Black cocktail dress

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The dress on today's agenda is a cocktail dress from the 1950's.  It's a black lace scoop neck dress with a large bow that sits at the waist.  The scoop neck continues on to the back of the dress with a long metal zipper that goes down the center of the back.  Did you know that zippers were not used on the back of dresses and skirts until the 1950's and 60's?  It wasn't until their integrity was strengthened and strong enough not to break that they moved from the sides of outfits to the back!

This dress was made by the Suzy Perette company in New York.   The company was known for making affordable versions of Parisian designs in the 50's.  The Suzy Perette silhouette of a cinched waist and full skirt was very popular and a quality interpretation of famous Dior styles of the time.  Check out this dress and many more in the shop