Wednesday, June 29

a norman norell




Son of a haberdasher, Norman Norell studied fashion design at the Pratt Institute in the 1920s, and in 1922, he joined the New York studio of Paramount Pictures where he designed clothes for Gloria Swanson and other stars of silent movies. He then worked as a costume designer on Broadway, making the costumes for the Ziegfeld Follies and the Cotton Club. In 1928, he was hired by Hattie Carnegie and remained with her until 1941. Shortly afterwards he and Anthony Traina formed the fashion company Traina-Norell.

It isn't often that I find vintage of this ilk so I am happy to be its caretaker for the time being. The dress is now available in the shop for the next person that will love it!

7 comments:

Jessica / Lola Vintage said...

if dresses were divine!! That lacework is amazing! Did you try it on? I actually think it would make a great wedding dress!

No Carnations said...

I was thinking a wedding dress also. It would be perfect, comfortable and modern looking. Great find Lauren!

sarah said...

My heart skipped a beat when this popped up on my Etsy suggestions! It's stunning, and such a piece of history. Your finds are always amazing!

theParaders vintage said...

LOVELY!!!

De La Belle said...

this dress is beyond sweet!

Katie said...

so amazingly gorgeous.

thatdamngreendress said...

beautiful! I love the proportions of the lace to the silhouette of the dress!

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