Dress #062.3: 1950s cocktail dress in wine
Dress #062.3: 1950s cocktail dress in wine
Dress #062.3: 1950s cocktail dress in wine
Dress #062.3: 1950s cocktail dress in wine
Dress #062.3: 1950s cocktail dress in wine
Judith Pudden

Dress #062.3: 1950s cocktail dress in wine

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This hand-stitched wine-red paper dress is based on a cocktail dress designed by British-born American designer Charles James in 1950. It is made from Japanese Kiku paper. Hand-embroidered lines imitate the seams and folds of the dress. It is stitched onto cold-pressed 100% cotton paper. The original dress is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession 2009.300.180.

Charles James produced some of the quintessential dress shapes of the 1940s and 1950s, and is considered by the Met to be the ‘only American to work in the true couture tradition’. I’m sure Betty Draper would have coveted his creations during the early seasons of Mad Men.

The dress is six inches tall, stitched by hand on 8x10 inch paper, which means that it will pop right into any commercial frame in that size, and be ready to hang on your wall.

Materials: Japanese paper and cotton floss on cotton paper