An elevated little black dress, vintage 1950s Helena Barbieri black silk dress with silk chiffon "petal" sleeves and silk chiffon "petal" skirt, sheer silk net upper bodice, deeply scooped back, fitted waist and metal zipper.
Era: 1950s Brand/maker: Helena Barbieri Original Fabric content: silk Condition: excellent
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From Past Perfect Vintage: "Now Helena Barbieri is not a one of the big name designers. You won’t find much on her online or even in design texts. She didn’t pioneer a new silhouette or change the direction of fashion. Like many talented designers, she seems to have been successful in a lower key way, but not ever really celebrated by the media. Indeed, all that is readily available out there online is her obit in the NY Times and the bio on the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource.
Yet there are these evening gowns running around that are outstanding . They are well made. They are colorful They are detailed. They were not cheap, at least not at Bergdorf Goodman! And they certainly spoke to a specific customer and showed a specific vision.
Sometimes the only difference between a famous designer and one known only to the cognoscenti is the quality of their PR firm and Ad agency. Remember, Ceil Chapman was just a designer of nice ladies 1950s cocktail dresses until a few years ago. Van Gogh died penniless. Let that be a lesson to us all."