The black dress with the shawl collar has been done before, but this iteration is stunning. The fabric and the lines just make this dress--you can see the hand of a master at work in this vintage Christian Dior black cocktail dress.
Dress with Attached Wrap by designer Paul Poiret (French, ca. Silk satin weave with painted velvet decoration. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Art & Design, "Golden Glamour: The Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry Collection.