Dorothy Bullitt evening dress, 1970s
The Dorothy Bullitt shops, closed since the 1990s, were known for catering to Philadelphia Main Line debutantes. Before she became a movie star, one local girl, Grace Kelly, was a model for the store at country-club fashion shows.
Made from substantial weight black silk faille, the dress is completely lined and boned for support. It closes in back with a zipper. The large rhinestone-studded bow and side-draped skirt will guarantee every eye is on you as your make your entrance.
You will create a sensation in this debutante-quality evening dress. The graphic design combines the elegance of classical black with striking magenta and rhinestone accents. It may not be subtle, but this is the high-octane glam that we all crave.
Film director Billy Wilder was once asked about subtlety in movies. "Of course, there must be subtleties," Wilder said. "Just make sure that the subtleties are obvious."
We seek to be noticed in some way by others; and at least, if not noticed, then missed when we are gone. The great Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad amusingly propounded this idea in his novel Chance (1913):
I asked Marlow if this Powell was remarkable in any way. "Powell was not exactly remarkable," Marlow answered with his usual nonchalance. "In a general way, it is very difficult for one to become remarkable. People won't take sufficient notice of one, don't you know."
Our stunning evening dress is the definitive answer to Marlow, as it does two things: you will be noticed; and when you leave the room, you will be remembered.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
The size is marked 10.
It measures: 36" bust, 29" waist, 40" hip, and 52" center-front length.