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Lot 21: Lucille Ball signature "Lucy Ricardo" polka dot dress designed by Elois Jenssen for I Love Lucy.

The Dreier Collection Part II

Platinum House

by Profiles in History

July 30, 2013

Calabasas Hills, CA, USA

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Lucille Ball signature “Lucy Ricardo” polka dot dress designed by Elois Jenssen for I Love Lucy. (Desilu-TV, 1951-57) Original Elois Jenssen dress designed for Lucille Ball which served as a “master dress” for the popular signature look of “Lucy Ricardo” on I Love Lucy. The dress consists of navy blue, white polka dot print fabric, black satin lining and shoulder pads, white cuffed short sleeves and a false, pleated, white tuxedo shirt front panel accessory with white flower collar and pearl button snap closure. Dress front features a false button closure. The distinctive scoop neckline was designed to make quick costume changes easier and to avoid makeup smudging. Variations of this style of dress were worn in many I Love Lucy episodes.  Retains the internal Elois Jenssen maker’s label.  Lucille Ball defined television, this garment epitomized Lucy Ricardo’s image and character.  Without question, this is the “Holy Grail” of all female television costumes.  The importance of this costume cannot be overstated.  In fine condition.  From the estate of Elois Jenssen and comes with a letter of provenance.

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