From the 1940s to the 1970s, Ceil Chapman was one of America's top designers, and this dress shows why. Favoured by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Aretha Franklin, as well as being the provider of Elizabeth Taylor's 1950 wedding trousseau, Chapman's Park Avenue store was a top destination for the mid-century elite. This gown shows off the expert styling for which Chapman was known and loved, combining the classic with the sexy. The silhouette is a body-conscious column of black velvet, with a deep-V halter neckline and a jeweled belt to accent the waist. The belt is twisted and interlocked to make a glittering cord, and is shown off to utmost effect on the black velvet. This dress is flattering and classic, and will give you that effortless vintage style for any formal occasion.