#7373 $700Marquesa strapless evening dress, c.2004
Since the 2004 debut of the House of Marquesa, their superbly crafted, vintage-inspired designs have been favorites of celebrities and socialites. Marquesa designs do not go out of style; they will remain part of your wardrobe forever.
At first glance, the sheer blend of rayon and silk looks like devoré velvet. The fabric is patterned with charming stylized flowers, which resemble Oriental chrysanthemums. I love the subtle sparkle of the rhinestones in the flower centers.
The chic dress is lined with nude silk georgette. The black satin bodice is trimmed with a band of black bugle beads and with a large black silk flower. The design is fluid, graceful, and elegant. The interior has a boned under bodice and a gros grain ribbon petersham.
Marquesa takes its name from the unconventional clotheshorse and party girl, Italian aristocrat Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957), who sounded a bit like a proto-Paris Hilton when she intoned: “I want to be a living work of art.”
In a 1928 letter, author Rebecca West writes from the Isle of Capri to a friend: "There is a marvelous red haired Marchesa Casati...She comes down to the Piazza in tartan pantalettes designed by Poiret..."
The condition is excellent. The dress was never worn.
The size is marked 6.
It measures: 36" bust, 29" high empire waist, 38" waist, 46" hip, and 52" center-front length.