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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.

1940s Vintage Asian Brocade Swing Jacket Sz M
Order #O477
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1940s Vintage Asian Brocade Swing Jacket Sz M/L

This fantastic 1940s swing back jacket in a wonderfully detailed and substantial Asian brocade has a high-low hem. Lots of color with gold, orange, re, browns, blue, peach , olive, white, etc. The shoulders are heavily padded and the front closes with one large rouleau frog. The swing back has 5 flared panels that are controlled to fall into these folds with interior stay tapes. The sleeves are roomy. The jacket is lined in gold silk satin.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 44", Waist: 44", Hips: approx. 50", Shoulders: 17", Sleeves: 23", Shoulder to Hem Front: 24", CB Neck to Hem: 31".

Condition: no holes, freshly cleaned, old soil lines in the folds at the sides of the back as shown.

Price: $145  
 Vintage 1940s Novelty Print Turquoise Cotton Maternity Set Top and Skirt
Order #D2752
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Vintage 1940s Novelty Print Turquoise Cotton Maternity Set Top and Skirt SZ M

This adorable cotton maternity set from the late 1940s is in turquoise, grey, white, yellow and purple novelty print of fans and , well I/m not sure. Boxes? Mats? Placemats? With ribbons and leaves. The maternity top/blouse has a white collar and cuffs with a button front and a swingy cut. As you can see from the photos, it also looks good tucked in. The skirt has a front flap closure with buttons on the sides and a tape tie underneath. There are two buttons per side to adjust the waist and room for a third. When buttoned up, this looks like a standard skirt.

Label: none

Size: Top: Bust: 44", Waist: 48", Shoulders: 16", CB Neck to Hem: 24.5". Skirt: Waist: 30" – 34" plus 4" more available if 2 more buttons added, Hips: 42", Waist to Hem: 27", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: One mended hole at the CB shoulder blade as shown, freshly cleaned, no stains, light fade at upper back.

Price: $95  
1950s Vintage Cerulean Blue Pullover Orlon Sweater SZ
Order #SW167
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1950s Vintage Cerulean Blue Pullover Orlon Sweater SZ S

This super soft 1950s Orlon pullover sweater is a striking shade of Cerulean blue with a narrow white edge to the turnover collar. The sleeves are full length with turn back cuffs and this is a very waisted sweater with seamed sleeves. So very wearable.

Label: Soft as Cashmere Turbo 100% Super Orlon a Judy Ann Creation

Size: Taken flat and unstretched. Bust: 35", Waist: 26", Shoulders: 16.5", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neck to Hem: 19.5".

Condition: No spots, stains or holes.

Price: $42
1950s Pink and Red Floral Party Vintage Dress
Order #D2758
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1950s Pink and Red Floral Vintage Party Dress SZ S

Lovely, intense color on this 1950s nylon organza party dress. The dense floral print is pink and red over a rosy peach taffeta and net lining. The wide midriff band is set off by cream and pink satin bias bands and a sweet bow. The fitted, scoop neck front has a gathered drape on the right and a V neck in back. The gathered skirt is quite full. Metal zipper at CB to close.

Label: Factory Inventory tag and ILGWU 1955 - 1963

Size: Labeled a 13. Bust: 35", Waist: 26", Hips: Free", Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 29", Hem Sweep: Lining: 88", Sheer: 138".

Condition: fading on lining and an odd added tuck in lining. One small hole at CF bodice as shown. No stains.

Price: $60
1950s Black  & White Minx Modes Cocktail Dress SZ
Order #D2739
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1950s Black & White Minx Modes Sheath Cocktail Dress SZ S/M

Love the detail on this cocktail sheath dress. It's a white ribbon weave with a flower print created by flocked black dots and silver glitter then lined in white taffeta. The shirred silk chiffon panels form soft straps in the front and them cascade to the back waist where they meet at a large bow with streamers. This is essentially a strapless dress with drapes. It is darted and fitted with boned side seams and a small back kick pleat. The chiffon drape can be worn up on the shoulders, or down as a semi cape. We show it both ways.

Label: Minx Modes

Size: Vintage size:12/13. Bust: 35", Waist: 27", Hips: 40", Side to Hem " 37", Hem Sweep: 48".

Condition: excellent with no spots, stains or holes.

Price: $185  
1950s Red Velveteen Vintage Sheath Dress  SZ S
Order #D2747
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1950s Red Velveteen Vintage Sheath Dress SZ S

This sleeveless red cotton velveteen party or cocktail dress is very fitted and even belted. The main design detail is a belt tab across the bust above an under bust seam with a rhinestone button and slide buckle. The straight skirt has a back kick pleat. CB Metal zipper to close

Label: Minx Modes

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 28", Hips: 38", Shoulders" 14", Shoulder to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem: 28.5", Hem Sweep: 44".

Condition: excellent with no spots, stains or holes.

Price: $88  
1950s Oatmeal Cashmere Cardigan Sweater & Skirt Set SZ
Order #MI706
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1950s Oatmeal Cashmere Cardigan Sweater & Skirt Set
SZ S/M


This beautiful set is cashmere with a Ballantyne Cashmere cardigan and a woven cashmere skirt. The sweater has a self-tie and button front with 3/4 sleeves and is fully fashioned. The partially lined herringbone twill weave skirt has a functional pocket with button flap detail at the right hip. Side metal zipper to close and back kick vent.

Label: Cardigan : Made in Scotland exclusively for Holt, Renfrew in Canada by Ballantyne 100% Pure Cashmere and Skirt: 100% Cashmere WPL7525

Size: taken flat and unstretched. Cardigan: Bust: 37", Waist: 30", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 18.5", CB to Hem: 20.5". Skirt: Waist: 28.5", Hips: 40", Waist to Hem: 25.5", Hem Sweep: 42".

Condition: excellent with no spots, stains or holes.

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 Vintage 1950s Navy Blue Wool Clutch Jacket SZ
Order #O476
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Vintage 1950s Navy Blue Wool Clutch Jacket
SZ M


This late 1950s navy blue nubby wool topper has a clutch front with roll collar, 3/4 sleeves with fold back cuffs and button trimmed pockets. The back is beautifully cut with a U shape inset, 1/2 belt with buttons and inverted box pleat at center back. This is lined.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40", Hips: 43", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 21", CB to Hem: 25".

Condition: excellent, no spots, holes or stains.

Price: $42
 Vintage 1950s Brown Nubby Plaid Wool Pencil Skirt SZ
Order #S161
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Vintage 1950s Brown Nubby Plaid Wool Pencil Skirt SZ S

This later 1950s brown and white plaid skirt has multicolored slubs in the nubby weave. The horizontal standing welt hip pockets give it a bucket shape at the top. The slim shape has a center back kick pleat vent. The belt matches , with a toned brass buckle. This has a CB metal zipper to close. It is partially lined across the back. Since the cross grain is off across the back, I'd say it was home sewn.

Label: none

Size: Waist: 28", Hips: 41", Waist to Hem: 27", Hem Sweep: 45".

Condition: excellent, no spots, holes or stains.

Price: $32
 Vintage 1950s White, Coral and Avocado Plaid Wool Coat SZ
Order #O474
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Vintage 1950s White, Coral and Avocado Plaid Wool Coat SZ M/L

This late 1950s wool coat has a spring color combo of white, coral and avocado in a small scale plaid. The patch pocket and pocket flaps are cut on the bias. The shoulders are very dropped with a wrist length sleeve. The front has a bias cut yoke and three large covered buttons with bound buttonholes. The coat is lined in a pale avocado crepe.

Label: ILGWU 1954 - 1963

Size: Bust: 44", Hips: 45", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 19", CB to Hem: 43", Hem Sweep: 48".

Condition: excellent, no spots, holes or stains.

Price: $65
1950s Vintage Cream Bolero Sweater Cardigan SZ
Order #SW163
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1950s Vintage Cream Bolero Sweater Cardigan SZ S/M

This sweet 1950s light cream bolero style cardigan is Orlon - the Miracle fiber! The edges have a wide knit band all around. At the front edges, this is set with small pink embroidered flower appliques with gold beads and peals. Very sweet indeed.

Label: Orlon The Miracle Fiber 100% DuPont Virgin Yarn.

Size: Measurements taken unstretched. Bust: 36" to 37", Waist: 30", Shoulders" approx. 15", Sleeves: 14.5", CB to Hem: 16".

Condition: excellent, no spots, holes or stains.

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Order #S160
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Vintage 1950s Red and Grey Wool Plaid Pleated Skirt SZ S

Nothing like a large scale, windowpane plaid. This one is grey and red with charcoal grey accent lines. It has shallow inverted pleats that release at the hip and the pleat spacing is lined up with the edges of the plaid. Nicely done. It is wool and is not lined. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: Koret of California Pleetskirt Trademark

Size: Waist: 28", Hips: 45", Waist to Hem: 26", Hem Sweep: 76".

Condition: no spots, holes or stains, one darned area on the waist band by the buttons as shown.

Price: $32
1950s Vintage Rose Pink Lace Party Dress SZ
Order #D2724
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1950s Vintage Rose Pink Lace Party Dress SZ M

Party ? Dinner? Cocktails? Wedding? I could see this dress in any number of places. It's a lace over taffeta dress with flared and paneled skirt. The short sleeved bodice is darted with an asymmetric front drape and rhinestone detail. The many panels skirt has a lot of flare over a narrower under skirt of the taffeta. The matching belt is still intact! Side metal zipper to close.

Labels: none

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 31", Hips of lining: 46", Shoulders: 17, Shoulder to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem:28.5", Hem Sweep: Lining: 88", Lace: 110".

Condition: excellent, no spots, holes or stains.

Price: $45
 Vintage 1950s Black and White Print Cotton Voile Summer Dress
Order #D2735
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Vintage 1950s Black and White Print Cotton Voile Summer Dress Size L

This great little summer dress is from the 1950s. It's a soft cotton voile in a very period black and white abstract print with a wide collar and large button front. The bodice has an easy fit while the full skirt is pleated at the waist. The front has pleated organdy modesty piece. The belt shown is modern and it not included.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 43", Waist: 32", Hips: Free, Shoulders: 17", CB Neck to Waist: 17", Waist to Hem: 26.5", Hem Sweep: 106".

Condition: excellent, no holes, or mends. The modesty piece is lightly soiled and can be removed to wash if desired.

Price: $45
1950s Vintage Sheer Blue Paisley Cotton Top and Skirt Dress Set Size
Order #D2727
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1950s Vintage Sheer Blue & Purple Paisley Cotton Top and Skirt Dress Set Size M

This matching set has the effect of a dress or summer suit, with the advantages of separates. The fabric is a sheer cotton voile in a multi-color paisley print that is largely blue and purple. The jacket top has shirt cuffed sleeves, a button front and a wide, V neck pointed collar. It is nipped in a bit at the waist with a back peplum and has princess seam side front vents that are edged with tiny piping. The flared skirt is sunray pleated and unlined with a side metal zipper.

Label: Brie Originals

Size: A Vintage 14. Top: Bust: 42", Waist: 32", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 10", CB Neck to Waist: 15". Skirt: Waist: 28", Hips: 50", Waist to Hem: 27", Hem Sweep: 104".

Condition: excellent, no holes, or mends.

Price: $55
1950s Vintage Sky Blue Embroidered Wool Cardigan Sweater Sz XL
Order #SW165
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1950s Vintage Sky Blue Embroidered Wool Cardigan Sweater Sz L SZ 40

This really lovely sky blue wool cardigan is beautifully embroidered in cream, pale blue and cornflower blue flowers and leaves. There are French knots along the fronts and blue pearl buttons to close. The front edges are backed with grosgrain ribbon and the body of the cardigan is lined in silk. The sleeves have French knots and flowers to match. In other words, another wonderfully well-made 1950s sweater from Hong Kong.

Label: Exclusively designed by Monarch Ltd. (H.K.) K.P.O. Box 7327 Hong Kong

Size: Labeled a 46, this is incorrect. With the lining it will not stretch to more than 42"-43". Taken unstretched. Bust: 40", Waist: 35", Shoulders: 17", Sleeves: 21.5", CB Neck to Hem: 22"

Condition: excellent, no holes, or mends to the wool. The lining has wear and mends.

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1950s Pink and Gold Floral Print Silk Vintage Dress SZ
Order #D2725
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1950s Pink and Gold Floral Print Silk Vintage Dress SZ L

This soft painterly floral print silk dress is very lightweight and moves beautifully. The colors are pink, lavender, gold, aqua and cream. We show it over a small crinoline. The open neckline has a flat round collar with fullness under it at the neckline. The short sleeves are kimono cut with diamond gussets and a small out seam vent with a bow to finish. The skirt is full with box pleats at the front and back, and knife pleats at the sides. Glass buttons and bound buttonholes close the front with a skirt placket. The matching belt is still present!

Label: none

Size: Bust: 42", Waist: 32", Hips: Free, Shoulders: approx. 16", CB Neck to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 27.5", Hem Sweep: 100".

Condition: color is fresh and there are shoulder area mends. Unfortunately, they used fuse-on materials and this cannot be removed without damage to the silk. This was also used to stabilize the back darts. So, it's a bit stiff in these areas. So, not perfect, but such a pretty fabric.

Price: $35
1950s Vintage Green and Cream Print Rayon Blouse Sz 38
Order #B412
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1950s Vintage Green and Cream Print Rayon Blouse Sz 38 L

This lightweight cold rayon blouse has a small floral print in olive, brown and green on a soft cream ground. The open roll collar has a crossover front with rhinestone button. The rest of the buttons are rhinestone, too. The short sleeves are shirred at the Outseam. The blouse has waist darts and a serged hem

Label: A Rhoda Lee Blouse

Size: Bust: 43", Waist: 37", Shoulders: 18", CB Neck to Waist: 16.5"

Condition: excellent, no holes, or mends.

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 Vintage 1940s Black & Red Velvet Sweetheart Evening Dress
Order #D2712
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Vintage 1940s Black & Red Velvet Sweetheart Evening Dress SZ S

This 1940s cotton velvet evening dress features boldly contrasting bands of red cotton velvet at the bust and again at the hip line. The bodice has a sweetheart neckline, pinched center front bust and released darts. The have padded sleeve headers give the short gathered sleeves the 1940s square shoulder look. The gored skirt is flared for a nice sweep. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 33", Waist: 25", Hips: 46", Shoulders: 14.25", CB Neck to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 41.5", Hem Sweep: 152".

Condition: Dry-cleaned and excellent but for the two spots as shown, at best line, the other at the right hip.

Price: $125
Vintage Green Damask 1950s Cocktail Dress
Order #D2719
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Vintage Green Damask 1950s Cocktail Dress SZ S

This pretty 1950s damask cocktail or party dress is a lovely, almost Kelly green. Not a yellow green or a blue green, but a true green. The princess lien bodice is fitted with a wide scoop neck and 3/4 sleeves. The skirt has a draped panel inset at the front and this is finished with a large bow. Bows decorate the sleeves at the outside hem vent as well. The skirt fullness is pleated at the waist and has its own green net underskirt. We show this over a small crinoline as well. Center back metal side zipper to close.

Label: ILGWU 1955-1963

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 25.5", Hips: Free, Shoulders: approx. 15", Sleeves: 17", Shoulder to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 25", Hem Sweep: 70".

Condition: Excellent. No spots, stains or holes.

Price: $85
1940s Pink and Grey Rayon Striped Vintage Jacket SZ L
Order #O473
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1940s Pink and Grey Rayon Striped Vintage Jacket SZ L Tall

This 1940s summer weight jacket is a great grey and pink shadow stripe rayon. The stripes are handled well- mitered on the collar points, bias on the cuffs and mitered bias on the large, square patch pockets. The waist has tucks to shape it in and there are large shoulder pads. The buttons are a dark mother of pearl and the belt is a coordinating contrast grey. This is unlined. It is long waisted for our mannequin, and due to the label, I'd say sized for a taller woman.

Label: Taller Modes

Size: Bust: 43", Waist: 30", Shoulders: 16.5", Sleeves: 22", CB Neck to Waist: 18", Neck to Hem: 26.75".

Condition: this has been steamed. No spots or holes.

Price: $99
1950s Aqua Blue Border Print Vintage Dress SZ
Order #D2716
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1950s Aqua Blue Border Print Vintage Dress SZ S

This 1950s sheer aqua summer weight dress is a sheer, almost a chiffon over taffeta liner. The border print is very sweet with a black and white raised print with flowers and scallops. The short sleeves have attached split cuffs and shoulder pads while the front of the dress closes with covered buttons and rouleau loops. The collar is a pleated ruffle. The gathered skirt has the border print and the sash is a length of black grosgrain ribbon. The dress is a bit short waisted, please check the measurements.

Label: none

Size: I would call this a Petite. Bust: 33", Waist: 25", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 14.5", CB Neck to Waist: 14.5", Waist to Hem: 28", Hem Sweep: 66".

Condition: this has been cleaned. There is some darkening to the covered buttons and a mended L shape tear at the back hem as shown.

Price: $95
 Vintage Black 1950s Draped Jersey Cocktail Dress SZ S
Order #D2709
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Vintage Black 1950s Draped Jersey Cocktail Dress SZ S

This is a nicely draped black silk jersey cocktail is well made with a hand ruched bodice. The sleeves are shirred to match. The front scoop neck line sips to a deep V in the back. The ruching continues to the hip line and then the simple skirt takes over. The bodice and skirt are lined in black taffeta. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Bust: 35",Waist: 26", Hips: 36", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 16", Shoulder to Waist: 15.5",Waist to Hem: 33", Hem Sweep: 44".

Condition: No spots or holes, no mends.

Price: $73
Vintage 1950s Red and Cream Ladies Summer Suit SZ M-L
Order #D2713
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Vintage 1950s Red and Cream Ladies Summer Suit SZ M / L

I am a big fan of cream of white garments with red or blue details. Why? They look so cool for summer. This 1950s summer suit is a wonderful example of what I am talking about with its red piping trim. The jacket has mother of pearl buttons with red contrast stitching, red piping on the Peter Pan collar, turn back cuffs and red piped back half belt. Very sharp. The skirt is gored for easy walking and closes at the side with a metal zipper.

Label: Weathervane tailored by Handmacher a Celanese fabric

Size: Jacket: Bust: 40", Waist: 31", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 20", CB Neck to Waist: 17", Neck to Hem: 22.5".
Skirt: Waist: 29", Hips: 42", Waist to Hem: 29", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: this has been cleaned. There is a very faint pink cast along the left side front , please be sure to see the close-up. The skirt has been hemmed up 1". No spots or holes.

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1950s Vintage Yellow Parisian Novelty Print Rayon Dress SZ S
Order #D2715
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1950s Vintage Yellow Parisian Novelty Print Rayon Dress
SZ S

The fashion for novelty travel prints was one some of us wish we hadn't missed the first time around. This early 1950s rayon shirtwaist dress is in a cream, yellow, golden brown and aqua blue toned print of Paris complete with gendarmes, street scenes and Eiffel Tower. The bodice has dolman style short sleeves, a soft darted fit with fold over collar and button front with covered buttons. The skirt has a one button placket and a draped and lined peplum. The belt is modern and not included.

Label: Tailored Junior

Size: I would call this a Petite. Bust: 34", Waist: 27", Hips: 40", Shoulders: approx.15", Bicep: 11.75", CB Neck to Hem: 15", Waist to Hem: 21.5", Hem Sweep: 41".

Condition: I believe this skirt was shortened by raising the waist as the placket is rather short. In addition, the matching peplum was hand sewn on,(now it's set in the seam as it should be), which is not consistent with manufactured construction at the time. The aqua blue on the peplum is strong, while the blue on the rest of the dress is faded and has some dye runs. The dress must have been washed while the peplum was off at some point? It's a mystery. No holes, some darkening on the buttons.

Price: $90
 Vintage 1950s Cream Beaded Hong Kong Cardigan Sweater SZ 38
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Vintage 1950s Cream Beaded Hong Kong Cardigan Sweater SZ 38

This pretty fur blend wool cardigan from the 1950s has loads of white glass and pearl beading. Not just on the fronts, either, but fronts, back shoulders, wrists and even the waistline. This is lined in white, with pearl buttons, 3/4 length sleeves and ribbed sleeves and waist.

Label: Fur Blend Kung Brothers Hong Kong Hilton Arcade

Size: Labeled a 38. Measurements taken flat and unstretched. Bust: 38", Waist: 26", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 18.5", CB Neck to Waist: 19.75".

Condition: Clean, no spots, no holes.

Price: $65
 Vintage 1940s Raspberry Taffeta Evening Gown
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Vintage 1940s Raspberry Taffeta Evening Gown SZ S

This 1940s crisp raspberry rayon taffeta evening gown or party dress has wide black machine made lace trim. The bodice has straps with an off-the-shoulder gathered bertha over a gathered princess line bodice. The skirt is flared and full with a deep, lace-edged peplum gathered at the waist. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 26", Hips: 50", Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 41". Hem Sweep: 160".

Condition: Aired and ozone treated. There is still a slight "age" odor. No holes, one spot on skirt as shown.

Price: $84  
 Vintage 1950s Painted Silk Chiffon Evening Dress in Cream
Order #D2662
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Vintage 1950s Painted Silk Chiffon Evening Dress in Cream SZ XS

What a lovely effect. The hand painting on the bodice, skirt and scarf end is truly charming. This strapless evening dress has a very long scarf attached at the right side neckline with shirring. It's long enough and wide enough to be worn as a shawl wrap or around the neck as a scarf. The bodice is boned at the side backs and has a V point at the waist. The gathered skirt is circular. The dress is lined in cream taffeta. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust:31", Waist: 25", Hips: 42", Side Front Neckline to Waist: 10.5", Waist to Hem: 37". Hem Sweep of lining: 90", of Skirt: circular.

Condition: Cleaned. There are no holes, but there are several small scattered tan spots and tan staining as shown at the scarf and bodice join.

Price: $85
Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress
Order #D2665
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Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress SZ M

This classy lame brocade sleeveless cocktail or dinner dress has a round neckline, draped bodice with a shirred back and a sweetheart neckline at the back. The skirt is flared with waist pleats and has lovely movement. The front is fitted with seaming and darts as shown. The bodice is interlined in taffeta and the skirt is lined in satin crepe. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 35", Waist: 28", Hips: 40", Shoulders: 15", Shoulder Neck to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 26.5", Hem Sweep: Lining: 52", Skirt: 90".

Condition: Clean and steamed. There is a grouping of faint spots at the neckline as shown. No holes or mends.

Price: $65
1950s Heather Grey and Mauve Flecked Suit by Kolmer
Order #D2561
1950s Heather Grey and Mauve Flecked Suit by Kolmer SZ S/M

This 1950s ladies suit is a neat coordinating set with a flecked wool swing jacket (no front closures) and a solid weave heather wool skirt. The jacket collar and lapels match the skirt as do the inset trims bands on the deep shaped sleeve cuffs. The jacket also has welt pockets. The straight skirt has wide flanged side front pockets, a deep inverted box kick pleat and a side metal zipper to close.

Label: a Kolmer Petite

Size: Jacket: Bust: 40", Shoulders: 15.75", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neck to Hem: 22.5".
Skirt: Waist: 27", Hips: 41", Waist to Hem: 28.5", Hem Sweep: 50".

Condition: Excellent. No stains or holes.

Price: $75