Mainbocher Lace Dress & Cape
Mainbocher was the only American
designer to run a Couture House in
Paris. He designed for many of the most
famous names in cafe society, and is
known for designing Wallis Simpson's
wedding gown for her marriage to the
Duke of Windsor.
He returned to America in 1940 and set
up his business next door to Tiffany in
New York. This dress is from the early
years of his return to America. Delicate
black lace is finely pleated for the
dress and matching cape. The dress has
satin straps and a satin band at the
bodice trimmed with a matching black
satin rose. The bodice is finely pleated
and accented with a black satin
cummerbund over a long lace skirt. There
is a metal zipper at the left side and
the dress is fully lined in black silk.
The matching cape has a wide black satin
band above the sheer pleated lace. There
are two narrow lace ties to keep the
cape in place. Both the dress and cape
are in excellent condition, with a very
minor bit of fraying on one strap.
Length shoulder to hem 56"