Sunday, July 31, 2016

Madeleine Mancini of California Fantasy Winter Fall Evening Ball Gown Going Going Once Twice ~ Search Mancini Gown on eBay !

Tannenbaum Friends,
Thank you for finding my earrings. 
Today however, I need your help !

I must sell the Mancini Gown ! 
It is on eBay from me ~ 
ending in about 48 hours ...  Tell a Friend!
Bid and Buy with Confidence ~ 
I have cared for this lovely textile for about 10 years,
but now must let it go to new loving hands. 

Welcome !   A Midsummer Night's Dream of a Sale !  
From a high end Tulsa estate ... A vintage 60's or 70's sparkly shimmery quality evening ball gown of handmade textile artistry.  
Think Snow ! 
Measurements :
Bust:  32"     inches or approx. 81cm
Waist :  24.5"     inches or approx. 61cm
Hips: 35"    inches or approx. 89cm
Other measurements: 
Shoulder to Hem Length:  58"     or approximately 147cm
Back Zipper length opening from neck to bottom of zipper: 17.5" or approx. 44cm
Sleeves ~ Arms: circumference at shoulder to armpit 9.5" inches or approx 24cm
Bell bottom sleeve: 15" around or approx. 38cm

Measure yourself to make sure these measurements fit your needs ! 
This gown has the ability to fit a larger shapely figure as the material naturally expands and form fits ! 
Bringing in the excitement of the eras of rock n roll and disco !
A modern formal ball gown.  A long full length fairy flower floral frost leaf maxi mock neck gown ~ with flare bell long sleeves ~  Perfect for a Winter Queen !
A fine example of luxurious fashion from an oil dynasty of the late 1960's or mid 70's ~ 
From Tulsa, the Oil Capitol of the World !  

Ready to wear again this Fall, Christmas or New Year's Eve !  
Description:  This is a pristine worn once evening gown from the 1960's and 70's ~ think Jean Patou for one. A floor length gown, un lined, studded with AB rhinestones and sequins.  This gown is at least 40 years old if the Hinderliter tag reads 1976.  If it reads 1970, the gown may be 45+ years old.   The date may have been put there by the cleaners, and the gown may be yet older.  By the sleek simple style and bell bottom sleeves, it is definitely from the 60's or 70's.   It is jeweled, hand-beaded, with a hidden middle backside zipper, totally professionally ensconced in the magnificent sequin floral design !  It is the most beautiful lovely shade of pale golden cream, pure couture museum quality perfection. Simple a-line with high mock neckline framed with unparalleled sparkly ab rhinestones crystal jewels.  The substantial weight of the adorned gown displays high-end luxury.  
Total weight is just over 4.5 pounds. 
The color scheme of this long evening ball gown really calls to great designs of the time and before.  The color is ivory cream with champagne pink and blue, bronze, with faint hints of amethyst, jonquil and peridot. Jeweled, hand-beaded with set in aurora borealis rhinestones and sequins as well as paillettes, this is the most beautiful hand tailored design on sweater fine wool.  Utilizing elaborate materials yet simple style, this gown is perfect all your needs.  The substantial weight of the gown is well supported in quality stitchery.   This gown is a masterpiece of classic elegance.  On classic stretchable naturally stretchy wool, this gown will fit you like a body glove ~ comfortable and stretching to accent all the curves of your body. 
This vintage designer dress / evening gown is in excellent condition, with no rips, stains, odors, or holes. Perfectly working center back metal hidden zipper.  The only signs of age are some very minor sequin loss and some vague age discoloration inside the gold or bronze lined glass tiny seed beads . 

How to connect the dots from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, California, New Jersey, and the highest style of Paris ?   Oil.   Black Gold. Texas Tea.   Money.   
A need as simple as a new dress for the Christmas, Winter or New Year's Eve Ball.   
A custom, designer made item ~ haute couture ~ high level fashion ~ handmade.  
A trip to California to have a new dress custom made ~ perhaps for the Tulsa Opera Fantasy Ball. 
According to our local newspaper, the Tulsa World, the diamond (25th) anniversary of the Philharmonic 
Fantasy Ball in Tulsa was in 1989.   So the first ball was in 1964. 

Mancini was connected to Phil Altbaum in Hollywood and Beverly Hills who had a collection called Vago sewn for the long lean look.  Similar to the styles of Jean Patou. This simple yet elegant gown, is not quite a-line or sheath as it has curves as shown, and achieves the tall Vago look with straight full coverage from the mock neck to the hem.  A cut for cleavage is not necessary with the form fitting stretch knit of this gown.  I first thought the collar was nehru but it is not.  The 12" kick pleats offer movement and space and the hem is lined and hand-stitched.  The gown is covered with massive trailing embellishments of sequins, paillettes, rhinestone crystals and glass beads of periwinkle baby blue, ivory, peach pale pink, light peridot spring green, light amethyst purple, aurora borealis, clear, gold, copper, bronze, and pale jonquil yellow gold.   

Researching the bead work on this gown has taken me to the sites of Maison LeSage and Luneville Paris and further history on this style.  The beautiful artistic flourishing of sequins and rhinestones is best found with the
 Ecole Lesage.   Named after Francois Lesage, son of tailors who took over the embroidery shop of Michonet.   
Some of the finest Tambour / Luneville beading handwork has been found in Paris and the "petites mains" employed at these establishments.   
The fine embroiderie style may be influenced by artists of earlier times such as Jean Patou, Pierr Bauman, or others from further East ~ Russia, India ~ massive sequins embroidery such as this (broderie as the French say) has been in existance since times BC.   Sequins were apparently early forms of sewing money or coins into clothing ! 
HOWEVER,  recently I have been given insight to the fact that some of the finest beadwork was done in Hong Kong !  Fabulous needlework, to be much respected ! 

Provenance: The name of Hinderliter is tagged in the gown.   Frank Hinderliter, of the Hinderliter Tool Company is honored by the Sam Noble Museum of Oklahoma Oil Pioneers.  He was a second generation oilman, son of Isaac N who came to Oklahoma before the oil boom began from Pennsylvania.  Frank was the father of Don. Dozens of patents for oil related equipment are found in these names.  Frank's wife was Jeanette R. Hinderliter.  Thelma R. Hinderliter was Don's wife.  All buried at Tulsa's Rose Hill Cemetery. Thelma was active as with The Tulsa Boys Home.  Her daughter was in a sorority at the University of Tulsa.  Tulsa has been lifted up for generations by the philanthropists of the oil industry.  Those may be the initials on the Mancini tag in the gown or perhaps another daughter ?  
Or, the initials may be those of the artisan who worked on this item of haute couture. 
There is the number 3 as well.   
Signed, dated and numbered. 

Research from the 'net and from a very helpful Tulsa librarian has shed light on this gown further.  The floor length gown is designed by Mancini as the designer tag states.   Madeline or Madeleine Mancini was the daughter of an Italian tailor who immigrated to the United States.  She was born in New Jersey in 1912. M. Mancini was working in the fashion world of the 20th century with contemporaries such as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Prada, and more.   
Women who were working for clean simple wearable clothing that yet accented the feminine mystique!   

Primarily known for simple stylish day dresses, Mancini seems to have stepped up and out with this custom designed item of high style !  This ball gown bears her clean comfortable wearable style.  
However, it bears rare and unusual elements.  
Perhaps by request, it is made with the warmth and breathe-ability of a light soft knit wool.  
( Not having a test kit, I don't know if wool is 100% correct, but I have seen my husband's vintage French black wool bicycling shorts and the material is quite similar !  )   Quite an old fashioned yet a very practical decision as light weight wool is both warm and cool depending on the need, and can be oh so soft as well.  

This is an exceptional finely made hand stitched embellished full length gown. Dating to the late 1960's to mid 1970's.  High neck, back two hooks and eye closures, beautifully constructed and very stable. Long to mid length sleeves.  Gorgeous naked look ivory cream colored knit fabric covered with heavy design elements of sequins and rhinestones from top of neck to bottom of hem. Mint condition! It looks never worn as it seems very clean and strong, free of staining, only some light foxing on the edge of bell sleeves. The sequins and sparkling crystal jeweled patterns of flowers and leaves on the nude background are excellent. It is uncleaned as found with ever so slight age / storage yellowing oxidation.  Would need to be cleaned and it would come out beautifully.  Would make an exquisite wedding gown.  An item of Tulsa Oklahoma oil industry history ~ Weighs nearly 4.5 lbs. Did I say rare?
Masses of natural trails of beads, sequins and rhinestones ~ over 4 pounds of lovely leaves and flowers !  
A return to nature or flower power of the 60's !

To me, I see the bare leaves of fall on the branches of winter ~ the aurora borealis clear sequins every where remind me of shimmering sparkling snow and snowflakes falling ~ but the pale blue and pink whorls of flowers are a promise of Spring ~ there are a very few clusters of pale peridot green to hint of the coming of the next season too.   The bead work creates a fantasy illusion.  Perfect for a formal affair ~ excellent for keeping warm or cool.  Classic style.  

Additional photos available.  You can see them on my page on fb.  All information I have gathered here is an effort to explain the excitement , historic significance, and artistic quality of this item.  Not trained in fashion, I have learned a lot researching this listing. Invest in American handmade historic textiles ~ You can't go wrong !   Also, I saw that this is a style which is seeing a return !  What is old is now new !  Nothing is more green than vintage fashion once again on the runway !  

hile my specialty is offering you my handmade whimsical beaded creations here at Kirsten Earrings USA, sometimes I find some other cool things you might enjoy!  
Having been the caretaker of this gown for about 10 years ~ it is time to pay the bills.   I would like to find the right person or place for the lovely dress. Enjoy this item of American 60's to Bicentennial era textile history.  Perhaps as early as the 1960's. 
Dated 1976 in tag or perhaps earlier 1970 ~ see photos ~*~  
I appreciate you more than you know.  

My past successes include not only my handcrafted unique earrings but fabulous finds such as the two 
Royal Copenhagen Princess Purpur Purple Dishes from Tiffany's of New York and so much more ! 
Quality finds from the Heartland of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

                                         TERMS OF SALE:  
    • Priority Mail shipping domestic next day with Paypal payment. Care is taken in packaging and items are shipped promptly, I make every effort to keep shipping/handling costs down, shipping costs are exactly what USPS charges, I do not have handling fees. 
    •  I offer free shipping USA . 
Worldwide shipping with first class international shipment will be $40.   Shipment is Prompt with Payment Rec'd.  
International Buyers – Please Note:
    • Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.
    • Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be if any.  
    • Clearing customs can some times delay delivery of packages.  
    • I ship promptly but cannot be held responsible for shipping and customs delays.
    • Not responsible for slow delivery once it leaves my home, nor when packages are held up in customs, these things are beyond my control.
Bless you and thank you for looking.  Tell a friend.  International buyers welcome !
As always,  THANK YOU !

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