Woman's evening dress or ball gown, in pale beige silk taffeta, with a low sweetheart neckline with pleated detailing and wide shoulder straps, fitted, structured bodice with off-centre seams and padded bust and wide curving pleats to full stiffened skirt, three-quarter length, labelled in the centre back, the bodice of the dress is unlined, the skirt lined with stiffened paper: American, by Ceil Chapman, mid 1950s.


  • Title: Ball gown
  • Creator: Ceil Chapman
  • Creator Birth Date: 1912
  • Creator Death Date: 1979
  • Fashion House: Ceil Chapman
  • Date Created: Mid 1950s
  • Physical Location: National Museum of Scotland
  • Location Created: USA
  • Type: Gown
  • Rights: © Estate of Ceil Chapman
  • Medium: Taffeta, paper

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