Truly Spectacular and one of a kind couture wedding dress from the late 1930's by renowned designer Raoul-Jean Fouré who was born in France in 1904 and learned his trade in Paris. He then immigrated to Montreal in the 1920s where he began his career designing wedding gowns. He designed and cut all the pieces himself from the finest silks and wools and was considered a father of Canadian couture fashion working with Dior, Patou and Givenchy. He retired in 1969 leaving behind a long legacy. Many of his pieces are displayed in Montreal's McCord museum's permanent fashion collection. This design is amazingly avant garde even for now and reminds me of a Thierry Mugler meets Schiaparelli piece.
This dress is made of the finest silk crepe I've ever come across. The bodice is draped at the bust with rib cage like gathers and the waist is adorned with star cuts that lead to a front pleats of the skirt. The back of the waist is adorned with a rounded cut leading to its inverted skirt pleats and its elegant train.
Rare early back covered zipper.
Original shoulder pads as well as underarm protectors could be removed.
Included is a lovely ivory silk satin slip dress.
The condition is very good with the exception of some water marks as well as 2 slightly darker marks near the train and bottom of the skirt. With cleaning they will most likely come out and are minor as is and disappear with the volume of the silk. There are also 2 pinhead size holes in the train that are also nearly imperceptible. It will require a professional cleaner who is accustomed to silk crepe. There are no permanent stains nor discolourations nor arm pit yellowing. It has no odors of any kind.
The silk slip has one tiny 1cm tear along the back zipper.
The cuff buttons need replacing.
Fits size 0-2
Measurements (flat in inches):
Shoulders: 14 3/4
Pit to pit:16
Sleeves (from middle of back to cuff): 34 1/2
Shoulder to waist: 15
Hips: up to 20
Length (at front not including train): 58
Train length: 52