Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


- c. 1950's
HOWARD GREER Black Cut Velvet Bolero Jacket over Black Silk Crepe Strapless Dress! This outfit came from a collection belonging to a Hollywood starlet in the 1930's. Her collection included many designer dresses dating from the 1920's. Howard Greer was Head Designer for Paramount Studios until 1929. He is credited for discovering the queen of movie costuming, Edith Head. Greer advertised for a sketch artist, Head applied. She so impressed him that Greer hired her, even though Edith got the job with a fraudulent portfolio of stolen designs of fellow students which she passed off as her own... however she became a reliable assistant and she became Head Designer after Howard Greer and subsequently Travis Banton left in 1938. Anyway, Howard Greer continued to design clothing for Hollywood elite for years, but his dresses are Rare! Gotta look at the great matching strapless dress with the velvet trimmed bodice, the fabulous draping of the skirt, boned waist for hourglass figure, pointed bodice darts for that pointed 1950s bra! The bolero jacket is lined in bright red which can also be found at the cuffs. A great classic 50's outfit!
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study