Ceil Chapman was among those who succeeded in adapting Christian Dior’s “New Look” for relatively affordable cocktail wear targeted toward the American ready-to-wear market. She was the Queen of ruching which are tiny folds/pleats incorporated into a dress bodice horizontally or diagonally.
Ceil Chapman was reportedly Marilyn Monroe’s favorite fashion designer. She provided the trousseau for Elizabeth Taylor’s 1950 wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. Other celebrity clients included Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson, Grace Kelly and Aretha Franklin.
We honor and adore her designs. Scorpio Vintage is proud to offer these Special Occasions dresses, that while they are not a Ceil Chapman, they incorporate the delicate ruching in the bodice, and would be perfect for the upcoming HOLIDAY PARTIES.
Delicate red silk dress with wrap style ruched bodice. Available now at Scorpio Vintage
A classic “Tuxedo” look from GUNNE SAX, with at ruched inset panel in white satin. Available now at Scorpio Vintage
Bombshell cocktail dress, is a outstanding design by Victor Costa in a vibrant turquoise, with a…yep you guessed it a ruched bodice. Dress has an additional feature in the tulip skirt. Available only at Scorpio Vintage
This dress is absolutely stunning. Strapless sweetheart neckline, and ruched panels on each side. At Scorpio Vintage, waiting for it’s new home.
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