Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#2179 - c. early 1960s Helen Rose, MGM Hollywood Designer Dazzling Gold Silk and Beaded Sheath Gown with Matching Evening Coat! Helen Rose was one of the few top Hollywood Designers from the 1940s-60s. She costumed over 200 films for MGM, was honored with 10 Oscar nominations and two Oscar wins! She designed wardrobe for a long list of stars. And her designs are memorable... such as Elizabeth Taylor's famous white wrap dress and slip from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Judy Garland's 1890s muttonsleeve gowns from "Meet me in Saint Louis". She was Grace Kelly's favorite, designing her wardrobe for "The Swan" and "High Society". So when Grace was to marry her Prince, she turned to Helen Rose to design her personal wedding gown! Helen's consumer line, "Helen Rose Couture", existed from 1957-1972. In 1957, the price for her couture version of the Liz Taylor "Cat" short chiffon dress was $250! So you can just imagine the original price of this gown and matching coat available here!! Probably $750-$1000 in the 60s! Gold lame lightweight brocade with Heavy Beading of gold sequins, pearls, gold beads, iridescent dangles, etc. around collar and cuffs. Gown is a long sheath with flattering square neckline, sleeveless. Coat is a very full swing width and is fully lined in a heavier weighted tafetta. A nearly overwhelming grand entrance maker with 3/4 length sleeves. As beautiful as any Grand Gala Event outfit I've ever seen. If Helen Rose is good enough for Grace Kelly, just imagine this on you (and don't forget to mention the Grace Kelly connection to every woman in the room!) Near Mint condition!
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study