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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.

1950s Sequined Black Crepe Evening Gown and Capelet by Lucien Lelong
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1950s Sequined Black Crepe Evening Gown and Capelet by Lucien Lelong SZ S

This stunning dress and capelet come from the estate of Heidi Scharf, a German actress and dancer, she starred in a several films and was profiled in 1946 in Life Magazine, dancing in the war rubble in Germany. Heidi married John Pommer, a production manager, etc. in the film and TV business - he died in 2014 at age 98. His father was Eric Pommer, a film producer and big deal in German film from WWI - WWII, who spent quite a bit of time in Paris, and then here in the States once he got his family out of Germany. He produced Marlene Dietrich in the Blue Angel, discovered Maureen O'Hara, that sort of thing. There is a very extensive bio on IMdb written by his son John.
So, here's the story: once Heidi married John Pommer in 1950, Eric Pommer would buy clothing for her in Paris and bring it back. This is one of her dresses. It has a Lucien Lelong label. You will note the Made in France on the label. Lelong did have a r-t-w- line and his house closed somewhere between 1948 – 1952. He died in 1958. With the marriage in 1950 and the house closing by 1952, I think we have a good date on this dress. 
All that said, it’s a slim fitted evening dress with sequins in graded sizes hand sewn throughout. The sequins become much denser at the side and cover the back. The capelet is covered as well. The dress has a light structure inside, with a wide petersham waistband. There are shaped panels on at the side backs seams and godets at the back hem for flare. There is a slight train, but the mannequin is too tall to have it show properly. The capelet is lined in chiffon.   

Construction: the sequins are hand sewn. The cut seam allowances are caught down by this, as the sequins were sewn on after the dress was assembled, and cross the seams to flow uninterrupted around the garments. Some of the seam allowances were hand whipped. The capelet sequins are sewn through the silk chiffon lining as well, except in one area, where I think it means there was a change of technique along the way. Side metal Talon zipper to close, which makes me this this was R-T-W and finished in the USA after import.

Label: in capelet collar: Lucien Lelong 16 Avenue Matignon Paris Made in France Modele Depose

Size: Capelet: Neck: 18”, CB Length: 15”. 
Dress:  Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Hips: 40”, Shoulder to Waist: 15”, Shoulder to Hem Front: 55” Back: 57”, Hem Sweep: 102”.

Condition: Sturdy and warble, no stains or holes. There are a few missing sequins, and a lot of cut threads. The dress has been altered to fit at the straps and armholes, with a tuck and a dart per side. The finishing binding was left alone so if you wish to take these out, there are sequins on the interior to sew on.
There are darts taken in the side backs with one row of hand sewing, hand whipped edges, and one row of machine sewing. There are 4 layers here as shown. And an odd panel effect on the outside. The dress already has wide shoulders for its size, I can't imagine how wide this would be across the upper back with these removed, and have no idea what it would do the exterior lines. 

Price: $1695
1940s Vintage White Rayon Summer Day Dress Size M
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1940s Vintage White Rayon Summer Day Dress Size M

Such a comfortable dress this would be. White soft rayon with a pretty lace applique at the toke for shoulder detail. It’s a shirtwaist, with the original buttons at the front. The fit is soft with waist tucks and a gently flared skirt. And there’s pockets! The original belt is missing, but with this dress, almost any color will work.

Label: Manford Casuals Registered

Size: Bust: 39”, Waist: 32”, Hips: 44”, Shoulders: approx. 16”, CB Neck to Waist: 16.5”, Waist to Hem: 27.5”, Hem Sweep: 58”.

Condition: No holes, washed and pressed.

Price: $75
1950s Greta Plattry Black Eyelet Fit n’ Flare Vintage Summer Dress
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1950s Greta Plattry Black Eyelet Fit n’ Flare Vintage Summer Dress Size S

Wonderful summer dress by Greta Plattry in what appears to be a cotton and rayon blend. The bodice is quite waisted, with a very flared skirt. This is covered front and back with rows of black eyelet – there is some stretch to the fit here at the neckline with elastic. We have lightened the eyelet close-up so you can see the details. Side metal zipper to close. 

Label: Greta Plattry Original

Size: Bust: up to 40”, Waist: 26”, Hips: Full, Shoulder to Waist: approx. 16.5”, to Hem: 44”.  Hem Sweep: 162”.

Condition: Very, very good. No holes, cleaned. The hem had been raised, and it has been released. Please see close-up in photos.

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1950s Vintage Black Crepe and Lace Wiggle Dress
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1950s Vintage Black Crepe and Lace Wiggle Dress Size S

This dress will fit like a glove! The bodice and sleeves are bands of crepe and l black Chantilly lace/ The band across the bust is lined in blush, the rest are backed with black netting. The under bust is defined with a black velvet bow. The crepe bands on the sleeves and bodice are pin tucked for texture. The midriff and skirt are black crepe and are molded to the figure. There is a thin lining and a back-kick pleat. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 27”, Hips: 36”, Shoulders: 14.75”, Sleeves: 18”, Shoulder to Waist: 16.5”, Shoulder to Hem: 29”, Hem Sweep: 42”.

Condition: No holes in the crepe. There are a few small breaks in the net of the lace that are still backed by the net under lining. There is an old repair to the lace on the outside of one sleeves.

Price: $65
 1950s Vintage Black Crepe and Lace Wiggle Dress
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1940s Vintage Floral Chiffon Evening Gown by Jane Engel Size S


Born in 1907, Jane Engel opened her first women’s specialty shop in 1930 near 80th St and Madison Ave.in New York. Eventually, she had over 30 stores before closing in the mid-1950s. The widow of Jack Shattuck, Engel, who used her maiden name professionally, died in 1975. 
This lovely evening dress is a beautiful floral chiffon with red roses on a cream ground with green and blue accents. The shirred front bodice has a dropped waist and the neckline is finished with a coordinating silk velvet band, straps and bow. The skirt is quite full, and glides over two layers: a Tarleton type underlining and a taffeta lining. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: Jane Engel New York

Size: Bust: 34”, Waist: 26”, Hips: Full, Shoulder to Waist: approx. 17.5”, Waist to Hem: 41.5” Hem Sweep: full.

Condition: Very good with 5 small holes in the chiffon as shown. One area of yellowing at the hem of the skirt, also shown.

Price: $125
1950s Blue and Green Print Vintage Silk Day Dress
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1950s Blue and Green Print Vintage Silk Day Dress SZ S

I love this fabric. What a grand abstract print in blue, green, black and white. This dress has a very unusual cut. Very. The sweetheart neckline is caught with a large scarf like tie. And then below that, there are two more ties and cutouts that expose the midriff. These ties seem to be removable if you want bare skin there. Or you can leave them and have a lot of flowing fabric as shown. The bodice has a dropped waist.  The sleeves are below elbow, and the skirt is draped at the front with a front swing, plus pleats and flare at the center back. The dress closes with a metal zipper at the center back that does not go break the neckline and pulls downward rather than the standard up direction.

Label: none, most likely home sewn.

Size: Bust: 35”, Waist: 28”, Hips: 48”, Shoulders: approx. 15.5”, Sleeves: 20”, CB Neck to Waist: 18”, Waist to Hem Front: 31” Back: 32“, Hem Sweep: 146”.

Condition: One spot as shown at the front neckline, and one mended hole with small adjacent spot as shown in the skirt.

Price: $75  
1950s New Look Lace Vintage Wedding Dress, Crinoline and Veil
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1950s New Look Lace Wedding Dress, Crinoline and Veil SZ XS

This beautiful all lace gown was worn by three different brides, first in 1953, again between 1953 – 1955, and in 1977. The purchaser can be given the family history. It’s a lovely champagne lace over white satin, with a strapless lining, wire lace collar and long sleeves with wrist points. The waist is dropped. The very gathered skirt sweeps to a chapel train over 2 net underskirts and a satin lining. There are sequin appliques at the collar, waist and down the skirt side front. The back closes with classic fabric covered button and loops. 
The dress is shown over the original net hoop style crinoline. We are also offering the original tiara with the replacement veil from 1979.

Labels: dress: By Marie of Pandora and hoop: Crinolines and Hoops, Inc. by Fred Perlberg

Size: Dress Bust: 31.5”, Waist: 24”, Hips: full, Shoulders: 14.5”, Sleeves: 22”, CB Neck to Waist: approx. 15.5”, Waist to Hem Front: 40” Back: 61“.
Tiara: Crown: 21”, Veil length: 27”.

Condition: Good. The underarm lace has been repaired, but will need work to be worn again. There is also a break in the lace at the right collarbone area of the bodice. The bust was taken in for the 1977 wearing. 

Price: $250 
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1950s Multi Colored Print Silk Shirtwaist Vintage Dress SZ S

This early 1950s shirtwaist dress I lightweight silk has a bold printed motif in red, blue, green, pink and wine on a black ground. The bodice buttons at center front as befits a shirtwaist style, with covered buttons and bound buttonholes. There are Ύ button cuff sleeves. The lined, knife pleated full dirndl style skirt closes at center front as well. The belt shown is modern and is not included.

Labels: 1955 – 1962 ILGWU Label and manufacturer’s paper tag.

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 26”, Hips: 48”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 19.5”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.75”, Waist to Hem: 24.5”, Hem Sweep: 83”

Condition: no spots or holes. There is a dart type repair at the back underarm of the right sleeve as shown. This is 3” long total.

Price: $99
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1950s Black Faille Ladies Vintage Suit with Velvet Accents SZ L

This tailored rayon faille and velvet 1950s skirt suit has a lot of dressmaker details, form the bound buttons holes and rimmed velvet buttons to the decorative faille and velvet collar tab and the single pocket with matching tabs. The velvet collar is asymmetrical, too, all the better for a large brooch as we have shown. The jacket has waist darts to snug it in. The skirt has an easy walking cut with a side metal zipper to close. The brooch shown is not included.

Labels: Emerson Fashion by Aldo (under the neck facing).

Size: Jacket: Bust:43”, Waist: 35”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 23”, CB Neck to Waist: 16”. To Hem: 22”. Skirt: Waist: 32”, Hips: 44”, Waist to Hem: 30”, Hem Sweep: 52”

Condition: no spots or holes. Skirt has been let down 1.25” and a facing added.

Price: $95
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1950s Vintage Blue Velvet Party or Cocktail Dress SZ M

This 1950s blue cotton velvet party or cocktail dress is a nice size. The wide midriff is outlined with 5 bias stain bands, while the full skirt is knife pleated all around. The bateau neck bodice has elbow length sleeves and darts to hit. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 39”, Waist: 28”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: approx. 15.5”, Sleeves: approx. 16”, Shoulder to Waist: 16.5”, Waist to Hem: 28”, Hem Sweep: 106”

Condition: Excellent with no spots, stains or holes.

Price: $120
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Vintage 1950s Coffee, Black and White Woven Striped Dress SZ M

This Fit n’ Flare belted dress from the 1950s has a lovely flared skirt with hip pockets, and black velvet ribbon detailing at the wide collar. And it even has its original belt. The ribbon weaves in and out of the collar, and has a sweet bow at the center. The fabric is a blend, probably rayon, acetate, possibly some silk, in a weave with body and sheen. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: Made in U.S.A.

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 32”, Hips: 50”, Shoulders: approx.16”, Shoulder to Waist: 15.75”, to Hem: 44”, Hem Sweep: 105”

Condition: Excellent with no spots, stains or holes.

Price: $110

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Vintage 1950s Celadon Green Orlon Cardigan SZ M  

A Sweet Cardigan. This is a waist length style, with Ύ sleeves in a soft celadon green the neckline is finished with a nylon knit applique facing. Simple hook and loop to close at the round neckline. This RN number is registered to Waco Sportswear of NC.

Label: 100% Orlon Acrylic

Size: Bust: 40”, Waist: 32”, Shoulders: 16.5”, Sleeves: 19”, CB Neck to Waist: 19”

Condition: Washed, but there is faint discoloration on the facing. No holes or other spots.

Price: $25
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1950s Vintage Black Moirι Dinner or Party Dress SZ S

This fitted 1950s dress comes complete with its own attached boned foundation slip with stiffened petticoat. The fabric is a deep black moirι – we had to lighten the photos for detail, and it looks a bit blue. It isn’t. The bodice has a flattering neckline with a deep V front and wide squared off back and a draped bust that shows off the moirι pattern. This is finished with 2 flat bows. The Ύ sleeves are kimono cut in one with the body. The back waist has a two piece belt that hooks on each sides. The full, interlined skirt rises to the center front, with inverted box pleats all around. Dress closes center back with a metal zipper.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34”, Waist: 25”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: approx. 15.5”, Shoulder to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 27”, Hem Sweep: 102”

Condition: Excellent with no spots, stains or holes.

Price: $150
Vintage 1940s Navy Blue Wool Carnival Crepe Beaded Jacket
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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
1940s Striped Print Rayon Vintage Day Dress in Grey, Green and Ivory SZ M
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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
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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. 

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1940s Vintage Eisenberg & Sons Beaded and Sequined Crepe Dress SZ S
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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: $225
 1940s Vintage Yellow Cotton Floral Rose Print Evening Dress
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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: $125
1950s Vintage Pink, Aqua & Brown Rayon Print Fit n’Flare Dress by Gigi Young
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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.

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 1950s Vintage White Shirtwaist Dress by Dorothy Hubbs
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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: $65
1950s Vintage Black, Pink &Turquoise Atomic Print Dress
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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: $105
1950s Vintage Blue Roses Organza Print Dress
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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: $65
1950s Vintage Cafι au Lait Tailored Silk Suit
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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: $98
1950s Vintage Lemon Yellow Cashmere Cardigan Sweater
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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
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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 Cream Lace and Chiffon Party Dress
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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: $93
1950s Navy Blue Silk Satin Vintage Dress by Maurice Rentner
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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: $125
1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress
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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
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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
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