Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Leslie Morris was hired by Bergdorf Goodman in 1931 and worked in their custom design department well into the 1960's. She traveled to Paris every year for the couture collections. She was considered part of the top rung of American designers in the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, on par with Sophie of Saks, Mr. Leone of Bendel's, and Wilson Folmar of Jay-Thorpe. I can find no evidence that Morris' name was ever put on the labels sewn into the garments, although it appeared prominently in advertisements for Bergdorf's.
The evening gown shown here was designed by Leslie Morris in 1958 and was available as part of Bergdorf's Made-to-Order collection. (Made-to-order as in Beaucoup Bucks.) The black silk velvet gown was accented with red silk American Beauty roses at the strapless bodice. the matching black velvet stole was backed with silk satin in the exact color of the roses. What I wouldn't give to see a photo of the actual dress. Isn't it stunning?