Hannah Troy watered silk evening gown, 1950s-1960s
Americans know Hannah Troy as a designer who adapted Italian designs. Conversely, Italians think of Hannah Troy as the first American designer to set up couture shows in Florence, Italy in the 1950s. Both incarnations of Hannah Troy were important in mid-20th century fashion.
This lovely gown is fashioned from ivory watered silk taffeta printed with bouquets of romantic roses. I love the draped bodice and huge bow. The crystal pleating at the top of the skirt controls the fullness without adding bulk.
The design with roses embowered in their own green leaves has a poetry all its own. The watered silk print achieves a masterful Impressionist effect (6th picture down): we can almost see the brushstrokes used to emphasize the changing quality of light.
The bodice of the gown is self-lined and boned. The skirt is lined with silk organza and has an attached crinoline. The gown closes in back with a nylon coil zipper.
The condition is almost excellent. The gown has been gently worn.
It measures: 36" bust, 27" waist, full in hip, 11" bodice center to waist, and 43" skirt length.