1960s Dorothy O’Hara Ruched Little Black Maxi Dress
Dorothy O’Hara, called a “sorceress at glorifying figures” by Vogue, was a designer that took glamor and sex appeal to its height in the 1940’s through the 1950’s. O’Hara got her start in California where she first worked as a model. Enamored by the golden age of Hollywood she began learning how to sew and took pattern-making classes at night after her modeling jobs.
Her costume design career initially launched her business take off and she worked on seven different films from 1945 to 1947 after first designing custom gowns for movie starlets. She is best known for her sculpted dresses that zip up the back. Draped in the bust and form fitting at the hips they appeared to be two piece suits but were actually dresses. Her designs came in a wide range of sizes from petite to plus.
This 1960s black rayon crepe dress is representative of her work, with a dramatic bust line that appears larger than the sculpted interior. Detailed ruching at the shoulders leads the eye to the faux empire waist design while the actual waist sits truly around the belly button, accentuating an hour glass figure. Note that the dress is slightly large on our model in both the bust and length, but it gives you a good idea of how it sits on the body.
Bust: 30 inches
Waist: 26 inches
Hips: 38 inches
Length: 60 inches
Material: Rayon Crepe
Please check the measurements carefully before purchasing. It is clean and ready to wear. Shown with accessories for style. Not included. See our jewelry and accessories sections to complete your look.
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1628 S 1st St
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