As Seen In – Luis Estevez 1956

This feather brocaded black taffeta dress by American designer Luis Estevez was purchased in the autumn of 1956 from ‘The Room’ at Simpsons by Thelma Murray Whitehead for a function at the Granite Club in Toronto. The dress now resides in the collection of Joseph Hisey, a fashion history teacher who also hosts tours to museums around the world. The Fashion History Museum will be working with Joseph to create a tour of English fashion museums in 2017. If you are interested in hearing more about this tour contact us at

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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3 Responses to As Seen In – Luis Estevez 1956

  1. liz says:

    Damn, that dress is fine.

  2. Mildred Brady Venitucci says:

    I still own the only Luis Estevez 1955 I was ever able to buy…I was a teacher in Tucson, and bought it at Cele Peterson. It was a “flaminco” dress, polished cotton, bottle green on a background of off white. The dress dipped very low in the back, and had two net petticoats, as I recall. It also had a short bolero jacket with a green velvet collar. I have three photos of me wearing the dress. I am 82 now. That is still the greatest dress I ever owned.

    Mildred Brady Venitucci

    • Jonathan says:

      Thank-you for your reminiscence. It sounds great – If you are looking for a place to put the dress please consider the Fashion History Museum!

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