Vintage 1960's Chocolate Brown Helen Rose Gown with intricate Indian Beaded and Jeweled Bodice Hollywood History
Vintage 1960's Chocolate Brown Helen Rose Gown with intricate Indian B
Vintage 1960's Helen Rose chocolate Brown evening gown with an exquisite jeweled and beaded bodice. This dress belonged to the golden age of MGM musical film era dancer/actress Dee Turnell and was given to her care giver prior to her death. Dee was most known for dancing along side Cyd Charisse and appeared in films such as Brigadoon (1954), Copacabana (1947) and Words and Music (1948).
It appears that the interior bodice of the gown was deconstructed and fitted to Dee by the hand of a costumer/tailor. I consulted a costumer who was employed my Paramount Pictures for 20+ years and she confirmed that the gown had indeed been altered from it's original state for the actress. The interior was altered from the original state; the original zipper and the label re-sewn in (see image). I have left the garment in the state that I procured it.
The bodice appears to be hand crafted in India due to color pallet and bead work. The pattern is backed with chiffon on the interior and a piece of "french bone" in the garments center to assist in the shape. The bodice is comprised of intricate beading detail (bugle beads, crystals, rhinestones, large and small beads) In a gorgeous color pallet of Browns, coral, moss green, lime green, orange and red. Accented with Aurora borealis beading ans droplets trimming the empire waist (measuring 1.25")
The waist is empire style and the fabric used in the skirt is a Matte Jersey.
Bust = 36"
Length = 60"
Plenty of additional photographs available upon request of interior and exterior of garment. A great piece of Hollywood History
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