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1940s & 1950s Fashion
In our most popular department we show 1940s wartime fashions, from wool suits to crepe evening gowns, plus the ever popular post war
New Look full skirt silhouette that showed such long lasting influence through the 50s.
And of course, strapless party dresses, sheaths and sacques.

1940s Black Wool Gab Beaded Vintage Suit SZ M
Order #D2582
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1940s Black Wool Gab Beaded Vintage Suit SZ M

Talk about a timeless suit! This great later 1940s black wool gabardine suit is a good size, with wonderful details. The jacket is very waited, with a curved back hem. But what you noticed first are the beaded collar and front peplum. Thee peplum is unusual - it has a double curved layer that is attached to the bottom layer at the sides, leaving an open vent to the jacket back. The glass beading is in a mesh design on both the peplum and the pointed collar. The covered buttons are beaded to match. Bound buttonholes and silk crepe de chine lining, of course. The skirt closes at the side with a metal zipper.  

Label: None, but commercially made quality

Size: Jacket: Bust: 38”, Waist: 31”, Shoulders: 15.75”, Sleeves: 25.25”, CB Neck to Waist: approx. 16”, to Hem: 24”. 
Skirt: Waist: 31.5”, Hips: 42”, Waist to Hem:  26.5”, Hem Sweep: 44"   

Condition: Excellent, no spots, stain, holes or signs of wear. 

Price: $210  
Vintage 1940s Navy Blue Wool Carnival Crepe Beaded Jacket
Order #O439
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Vintage 1940s Navy Blue Wool Carnival Crepe Beaded Jacket SZ S/M
 
The beading detail on this jacket is fabulous. It is a navy-blue wool crepe form the late 1940s - early 1950s. The jacket has a fitted waist, Princess line seaming, notched front closure, and a wide rounded lapel. The multiple rows of blue carnival beads are present on the upper collar and the scalloped edges of a double front peplum. The front closes with rimmed covered buttons and bound buttonholes. It is lined in navy crepe de chine. 

Labels: Polly Parker Original Finished by Hand and National Recovery Board

Size: Jacket: Bust: 37”, Waist: 30”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 23.5”, CB Neck to Waist: approx. 16”, To Hem: 23.5”. 

Condition: Excellent, no stains, holes. Ink mark on label. 

Price: $85
 Vintage 1940s Red Wool Coat with Black Velvet Collar SZ M/L
Order #O448
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Vintage 1940s Red Wool Coat with Black Velvet Collar SZ M/L

Such a practical coat. Just long enough to be warm, but will look fantastic with pants. It’s a 1940s red wool with raglan sleeves, shoulders pads and a loose, easy fit. The collar is black velvet with black braid finish. The braid is used at the pockets as well. The double-breasted front closes with black ball braid buttons. Lined in black crepe. 

Label: L.S. Ayres & Co. Indianapolis

Size: Jacket: Bust: 46”, Waist: 48”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 24”, CB Neck to Hem: 31”, Hem Sweep: 56”

Condition: Exterior is excellent. The buttons are slightly off center? There is no sign they have been moved. The lining has a stain at the center back hem as shown.  

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1940s Striped Print Rayon Vintage Day Dress in Grey, Green and Ivory SZ M
Order #D2570
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1940s Striped Print Rayon Vintage Day Dress in Grey, Green and Ivory SZ M

Come spring, you will want this late 1940s dress. It’s a rayon in a linen weave in a grey, green, ivory and black printed floral stripe. The bodice is cut on the bias with a solid ivory toke edge with eyelet trim. The cap sleeves are cut in one. The skirt has shirring at the side fronts for fullness. Closes center back with a metal zipper.  There are belt loops, but no belt. Black would look great with this. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37”, Waist:30”, Hips:” 46, Shoulders: approx. 15”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.5” Waist to Hem: 30”, Hem Sweep: 58”

Condition: When we purchased this, the small pin was in place. Then we realized it was covering a hole. The hole has been mended and the pin put back. Please see photos.  No stains, spots or other holes. 

Price: $85  
1950s Woven Ombre Striped Rayon Taffeta Dress in Aqua and Brown SZ M/L
Order #D2583
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1950s Woven Ombre Striped Rayon Taffeta Dress in Aqua and Brown SZ M/L

This nicely sized dress is in a wonderful woven ombre stripe of aqua and light brown with gold metallic threads woven through. The bodice and skirt are cut on the bias to chevron at the front and back, while the back bodice is cut in the straight. The sleeves are cut in one with the bodice with cuffs that tie at the outside of the arm. The front bodice has shoulder flanges, and there are shoulder pads as well. The skirt is pleated at the side front and side backs for extra flare. And the matching belt is still here! Dress closes at the sides with metal zipper. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40”, Waist: 32”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: approx. 16”, CB Neck to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 29.25”, Hem Sweep: 114”

Condition: Excellent, No stains, spots or other holes. 

Price: $115
1940s Vintage Eisenberg & Sons Beaded and Sequined Crepe Dress SZ S
Order #D2559
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1940s Vintage Eisenberg & Sons Beaded and Sequined Crepe Dress SZ S

Eisenberg and Sons made some fine clothing - and it’s not a label we see often. This striking black crepe dress has wonderful sequin and shell bead scrolls and flowers throughout the front. The reds and pinks really pop against the black, but there purples, blues and teals colors as well. Most of this is sequins, but the teal/green portions are small shell beads. It’s 1940s, so there are should pads and a side metal zipper. Both the front and back necklines have rouleau ties at keyhole opening. The front is sheath cut without a waist seam ( it’s blouson on my form, but won’t necessarily be on you) and the back has a waist sea with two back belt that close with buttons and loops at the sides.

Label: Eisenberg and Sons Original

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 27”, Hips: 38“”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 7.5”, CB Neck to Waist: 17”, CB Waist to Hem: 26”, Hem Sweep: 52”

Condition: Excellent, no stains, holes or repairs. Sequins are intact.

Price: $275
 1940s Vintage Yellow Cotton Floral Rose Print Evening Dress
Order #D2558
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1940s Vintage Yellow Cotton Floral Rose Print Evening Dress SZ XS

The 1940s certainly brought us some wonderful romantic floral prints. This one is so pretty! With a lemony yellow background, red and pink roses, and blue morning glories is lovely. I ache to have this dress in my size and a garden party to go to! The fitted bodice has a shirred bust with wide shirred straps, with a dropped waist. The gathered skirt is set off by a curved seam front panel that has very well done print matching. Some care was taken here. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34”, Waist: 24”, Hips: free, Shoulder to Waist: 15”, Shoulder to Hem: 54”, Hem Sweep: 134”

Condition: Excellent, no stains or holes, very fresh.

Price: $155
1950s Vintage Pink, Aqua & Brown Rayon Print Fit n’Flare Dress by Gigi Young
Order #D2562
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1950s Vintage Pink, Aqua & Brown Rayon Print Fit n’Flare Dress by Gigi Young SZ S/M

The color combos of 1950s design are brilliant. Rose pink, milk chocolate brown and aqua defined by black and white. Perfect. This Gigi Young ( a related label to Suzy Perette) dress has the fit and flare line of the 50s, with an empire seam and multi-gored midriff and skirt. The V neck is slightly raised onto the neckline, with self ties at the center back ad the top of the metal zipper. In rayon taffeta, this is a great spring/summer dress - add a cardigan and it goes into Autumn just as well. in the fall. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: Gigi Young Originals

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Hips: Free, CB Neck to Waist: 15”, to Hem: 44.5”, Hem Sweep: 134”

Condition: Excellent, no stains or holes, very fresh.

Price: $135
 1950s Vintage White Shirtwaist Dress by Dorothy Hubbs
Order #D2565
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1950s Vintage White Shirtwaist Dress by Dorothy Hubbs SZ S

1950s shirtwaist dresses are usually so straightforward. This one? Not so much! The front has the big buttons and bound buttonholes, but these are used to create a V to the waist over a matching modesty liner. The skirt is accordion pleated and swingy as all get out. We show this with a narrow black belt, but it would look fantastic with almost any color. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: Dorothy Hubbs Originals

Size: Bust: 37”, Waist: 27”, Hips: Free, Shoulders: 16”, CB Neck to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 24.5”, Hem Sweep: 104”

Condition: Excellent, no stains or holes, very fresh.

Price: $75
1950s Vintage White and Aqua Rayon Print Dress SZ M
Order #D2535
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1950s Vintage White and Aqua Rayon Print Dress SZ M

What a fresh and crisp 1950s print. This dress is a slubbed rayon weave with a soft drape. The dress has a sleeveless, softly fitted bodice, a straight underskirt and a 2 panel overskirt with open sides. A neat variation on the 1950s sheath dress. The belt matches and has a white faux pearl finish. Dress closes center back with a metal zipper.

Label: none

Condition: small fray to edge of belt as shown

Size: Bust: 40”, Waist: 30”, Shoulders: 14.5”, Hips: 48”, CB Neck to Waist: 14.5”, Waist to Hem: 24”, Hem Sweep: 42"

Price: $55
1950s Vintage Black, Pink &Turquoise Atomic Print Dress
Order #D2540
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1950s Vintage Black, Pink &Turquoise Atomic Print Dress SZ S

I love the sleeve treatment on this dress! And the atomic era print is fantastic: pink, aqua and white in abstract bursts with dots.Please note that the color is black, and some photos have been lightened to show the detail. The fitted bodice has a wide neckline with the open sleeves and covered button design. The skirt is gathered onto a dropped yoke, and this is edged with aqua piping to match the rimmed buttons and facings. Dress closes with a center back metal zipper.

Label: none

Condition: Clean - hand washed. Soil and fade on the interior neck facing. Belt shown is not included and metal zipper is a replacement.

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Shoulders: 15” - 16“, Hips: full, Shoulder to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 24.5”, Hem Sweep: 128"

Price: $125
1950s Vintage Blue Roses Organza Print Dress
Order #D2544
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1950s Vintage Blue Roses Organza Print Dress SZ S

Such a sweet and lovely soft dress. The fabric is a soft nylon organza over taffeta. The draped bodice has a wide midriff shirring with short sleeves. The gathered skirt has a deep hem and has its own soft rayon taffeta liner. Perfect for a party, outdoor or in. Add a hat, and you are ready for Derby time.

Label: Carol Craig New York and ILGWU 1955 - 1963

Condition: The back has been altered in the past, as it appears the zipper was taken in from waist to neck, then restored. The back neckline facings were mangled in these efforts and we have extended these back to the original size with silk organza. This does not show from the exterior.

Size: Bust: 34”, Waist: 26”, Shoulders: approx. 15”, Hips: of lining 44”, Shoulder to Waist: 17”, Waist to Hem: 28”, Hem Sweep: lining: 106”, exterior 104”

Price: $75
1950s Vintage Cafι au Lait Tailored Silk Suit
Order #D2536
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1950s Vintage Cafι au Lait Tailored Silk Suit SZ S-M

Pretty tailoring on this one. Simple, but it has a great line with the slightly blouson back. The jacket has a 4 button front - covered button with bound buttonholes, of course - three quarter sleeves and wide lapels. And it’s lined in crepe, too. The straight skirt has a moderate sweep for walking plus a side metal zipper. The fabric is a fine shantung in silk. American Silk Mills, which is still in business, marketed Silsanti silk in the mid to late 1950s. It was also available as fabric yardage for the home sewer.

Labels: Crestmoor & Silsanti by American Silk Mills 100% pure silk

Condition: Excellent, no spots, stains, wear or holes.

Size: Jacket: Bust: 38”, Waist: 28”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 21.25”, CB Neck to Waist: 16: to Hem 22.25”
Skirt: Waist: 26”, Hips: 38”, Waist to Hem: 24”, Hem Sweep: 44"

Price: $110
1950s Vintage Lemon Yellow Cashmere Cardigan Sweater
Order #SW141
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1950s Vintage Lemon Yellow Cashmere Cardigan Sweater SZ S

What a pretty and fresh color. The soft lemon yellow cardigan is late 50s, early 60s. It is fully fashioned with a squarish neckline and small yellow pearl buttons.

Label: de Loux Fully Fashioned 100% Imported Cashmere Dry Clean only Made in U.S.A.

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 19.5”, CB Neck to Hem: 22”.

Condition: Excellent and clean, no holes or repairs.

Price: $45
1950s Vintage Black and Silver Chinese Style Pajamas
Order #MI649
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1950s Vintage Black and Silver Chinese Style Pajamas SZ M

I know - these are Chinese in style, but made in Japan. The fabric is a woven rayon in black with silver grey leaves and a scrolling foliage background. The front closes with a piped edge and small rouleau frogs. The top is loose with straight sleeves and a mandarin collar. The pants have a deep yoke front and elastic waist back.

Label: Best Quality Made in Japan

Size: Labeled an M. Top: Bust:38”, Waist: 36”, Shoulders: 16”, Sleeves: 17.5”, CB Neck to Hem: 23.5”.
Pants: Partial Elastic Waist. Waist: 28“ - 32“, Hips: 40”, Waist to Hem: 30”, Thigh: 23".

Condition: Clean. No holes or spots, some wear to one of the loops.

Price: $85
1950s Vintage Red and Black Print Day Dress
Order #D2534
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1950s Vintage Red and Black Print Day Dress SZ S/M

The color and print on this dress is wonderful. It’s a cheerful red print with a black abstract linear pattern. The dress has a fitted bodice with a V under bust seam, V neck, and Ύ sleeves. The skirt is moderately straight, with stiffened side pocket extensions. Side metal zipper to close and original belt.

Label: JoJi Fashions

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 41”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 15”, CB Neck to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 28”, Hem Sweep: 48"

Condition: Clean. Some wear to the buckle a shown, some wear to the top of the shoulder line.

Price: $55
1950s Vintage Cream Lace and Chiffon Party Dress
Order #D2533
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1950s Vintage Cream Lace and Chiffon Party Dress SZ S

This lovely dress is a lacy confection in cream. It’s a soft lace over silk chiffon with pearls at the neckline. The sleeveless bodice has a fitted midriff with scalloped V neck line. The gathered skirt has three tiers of lace over silk chiffon with a cream crepe lining. CB metal zipper to close.

Label: Velma’s Miami Beach Long Island

Size: Bust: 35”, Waist: 25”, Hips: Free, Shoulder to Waist: 15.75”, Waist to Hem: 27”, Hem Sweep of Lining: 106"

Condition: Clean. No spots or stains. Some breaks to the net of the lace on the bodice.

Price: $115
1950s Navy Blue Silk Satin Vintage Dress by Maurice Rentner
Order #MB574
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1950s Navy Blue Silk Satin Vintage Dress by Maurice Rentner
SZ M


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Maurice Rentner label, it was a long time, Rentner was a respected manufacturer of quality women’s wear from the 1920s until his death in 1958. According to the VFG Label Resource, Wilson Folmar was one of the designers there. After 1958, Bill Blass designed for the label until he bought the company in 1967.
This dress is likely pre 1958, as Blass is not credited on the label. It’s a rich navy silk satin,with bateau neckline, pleated skirt, shaped matching belt, and wonderful deep draped sleeve cuffs. The cuffs are shaped by cartridge pleats at the underarm sleeve seam. A great detail, done with subtlety. Side metal zipper to close.

Labels: Maurice Rentner Original on dress and belt, ILGWU 1955 - 62.

Size: Labeled a 14. Bust: 40”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 44”, Shoulders: approx. 16”, Shoulder to Waist: 15.5”, Waist to Hem: 27”, Hem Sweep: 42"

Condition: Excellent, clean, no stains. One tiny hole on the right cuff as shown, hem has been raised 1“.

Price: $165
1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress
Order #D2522
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1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress SZ M

The photos don’t do this breezy dress justice. The fabric is brilliant and wonderful. I think it’s a Persian influenced black printing blues pinks and greens. The bodice had a button front, wide self belt and kimono cut sleeves. The full skirt has inverted box pleats. Size metal zipper to close. d.

Label: McArthur Ltd & ILGWU 1955 - 64 label

Size: Labeled a 14. Bust: 37”, Waist: 28”, Hips: full, Shoulders: approx 16”, Sleeves: 13”, CB Neck to Waist: 16.75”, Waist to Hem: 27”, Hem Sweep: 108”

Condition: Excellent, clean with no holes, spots or stains.

Price: $105
Vintage 1950s Brilliant Teal Asian Silk Dress
Order #D2524
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Vintage 1950s Brilliant Teal Asian Silk Dress SZ M

This dress is a grand color in pretty Asian silk satin brocade with butterflies. It has kimono style Ύ length sleeves and a draped asymmetric wrap front with hanging tab. This closes at center back with a metal zipper. The skirt s a straight cut with a center back vent. It needs a belt - we show it with a ribbon so you can see.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40”, Waist: 34”, Hips: 44”, Shoulders: approx. 16”, Sleeves: 16.75”, CB Neck to Waist: 16.75”, Waist to Hem: 30.75”, Hem Sweep: 54”

Condition: Excellent, clean with no holes, spots or stains.

Price: $75
1950s Vintage Coat of Arms Novelty Print Dress Sz M
Order #D2476
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1950s Vintage Coat of Arms Novelty Print Dress Sz M

What a fun summer dress. This sleeveless sheath style white rayon (?) blend with country and city coats of arms in red, blue, green and dull gold. It buttons at the left shoulder and down the left side with large plastics mother of pearl buttons. The countries include the Netherlands, France, Japan, Turkey, Romans States, Norway, Malta, Buenos Aires, Portugal, Saxony and Venezuela. I suspect they were chosen for their colors alone! There is one welt pocket at the right hip, a waist seam. The belt shown is a modern one and not included, the belt loops are navy, so perhaps it was a blue belt. But red, green, blue and even black - would all look great.

Label: Elinor Porter and ILGWU 1955 - 62

Size: Bust: 38", Waist: 28“, Hips: 41", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem: 27", Hem Sweep: 43”.

Condition: The bottom button is a replacement and is real Mother of pearl. There are two mended holes at the back neckline that are backed by the matching facing as shown.

Price: $45
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