Joan Crawford wore this fabulous dress in "The Women", which is by far my favorite movie ever. This dress was designed by Adrian who was the chief designer for MGM. When his contract was up he opened up shop in Beverly Hills while doing freelance for movie studios. If you are watching a movie with fancy dresses in the 20's through 40's, he is most likely the designer.
This dress is one of his best. I love the material and the side cut outs. I would attempt to try and copy it, but I don't think the local Joanne's Fabrics has the materials. But I can still look at these pictures and dream.