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The suit is a bit large for my dressform so the back is even lower when worn (as seen in the ad.
I have found other labels of a "Nina Ricci patron original" label with the additional Marie Therese label, so I'm not absolutely sure if Marie Therese was just a top designer retail boutique, or additionally a dressmaker creating authorized couture designer gowns or both.
THIS gown was owned by a very wealthy Greenwich, CT women who lived in Paris in the early 1950's.
The House of Reville was started in 1906 by William Reville Terry and his partner, a Miss Rossiter. A Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto.
By 1910, Reville was the London court dressmaker and it was he who designed the coronation robe for Queen Mary in 1911. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geisha after learning how to dance, play the shamizen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto).