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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 Pinstripe Ladies Wool Suit SZ M
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1940s Vintage Pinstripe Ladies Wool Suit SZ M

This ladies' tailored 1940s suit in a brown on brown woven wool pinstripe has great peaked lapels and a 3 button front. Very strictly tailored, this one! The three pockets are menswear style as well with flaps set in welts and a standing welt at the breast pocket. There is no back vent in the jacket, which is fully lined. The gored skirt has a front kick pleat and a side metal zipper.

Label: none.

Size: Jacket: Bust: 40", Waist: 32", Shoulders: 18", Sleeves: 23.5", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5", to Hem: 26.5".
Skirt: Waist: 30", Hips: 40", Waist to Hem: 25", Hem Sweep: 48".

Condition: Clean, no spots, one small moth hole on the lapel as shown. The lining has wear and spotting.

Price: $125
Vintage 1940s Cinnamon Brown Wool Gabardine Jacket SZ
Order #O469
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Vintage 1940s Cinnamon Brown Wool Gabardine Jacket SZ S/M

This rich cinnamon brown wool gab jacket from the late 1940s to early 1950s is a wonderful separate for jeans, skirts or pants. It has a 5 button front with bound button holes and tonal buttons. The side front hips have wool appliques and the sleeves have turn back cuffs. The jacket is fully lined in crepe de chine and has a spare button.

Label: Styled by Swansdown New York.

Size: Jacket: Bust: 36", Waist: 28", Shoulders: 16.5", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5" and to Hem: 23".

Condition: Clean, no spots, no holes. The buttons are of the period but are not original.

Price: $65
 Vintage 1950s Cream Beaded Hong Kong Cardigan Sweater SZ 38
Order #SW160
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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 1950s Aqua Blue Sweater Knit Dress Set SZ M/L
Order #D2702
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Vintage 1950s Aqua Blue Kimberly Sweater Knit Dress Set SZ M/L

This aqua wool knit sweater top and skirt by Kimberly is from the 1950s. The details are sweet with 4 small applique flowers, worked yarn covered buttons and ribbed turn back cuffs to match the front and waist ribbing. The skirt is accordion pleated with an elastic waist.

Labels: Kimberly 100% Pure Wool and ILGWU 1955 - 1963 label.

Size: Measurements taken flat and unstretched. Top: Bust: 40", Waist: 30", Shoulders: approx. 17", Sleeves: 19", CB Neck to Hem: 19.5".
Skirt: Waist: approx. 30", Hips: 40", Waist to Hem: 28.5", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: Clean, no spots, no stains.

Price: $125
 1950s Silk Print Blue and Black Roses Vintage Cocktail Dress SZ S
Order #D2696
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1950s Silk Print Blue and Black Roses Vintage Cocktail Dress SZ S

This beautiful silk party or cocktail dress front the 1950s is in a glorious silk print of blue roses with grey leaves on a black ground. The fabric is a peau satin, with a very smooth feel. The dress has a fitted bodice with straps, a decorative bow at the front waist and a box pleated skirt with angled pleats at the center front. The skirt has its own black tulle underskirt. Center back metal zipper to close. Best & Co was a 15 store department chain open from 1879 - 1970. When the 5th Ave store was closed, all the additional locations were closed as well.

Label: Best & Co. Fifth Ave New York.

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 24", Hips: Free, Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 24", Hem Sweep: 78".

Condition: Clean, no spots, no stains.

RESERVED Price: $110
1950s Vintage Blue Silk Ladies Sheath Dress and Jacket Set SZ L
Order #D2703
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1950s Vintage Blue Silk Ladies Sheath Dress and Jacket Set SZ L

This gorgeous blue dupioni silk dress is from the later 1950s. The dress is sleeveless with a gathered front neckline and a curved yoke. The dress is sheath style, with a belted waist and back kick pleat. Side metal zipper to close. The fitted but unlined matching jacket has a 5 buttons front with covered buttons and bound buttonholes, bracelet length sleeves with cuffs and a fold over collar.

Label: Konishi Sapporo Japan.

Size: Jacket: Bust: 41", Waist: 30", Shoulders: approx. 17", Sleeves: 19.5", CB Neck to Waist: 16", to Hem: 21".
Dress: Size: Bust: 41", Waist: 30", Hips: 42", Shoulder to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 30", Hem Sweep: 50".

Condition: Clean, no holes. Scattering of faint spots at left front of skirt at tucks and wear on belt buckle and belt underneath it.

Price: $125
1950s Black Wool and Velvet Winter Vintage Coat SZ
Order #O468
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1950s Black Wool and Velvet Winter Vintage Coat SZ M

This coat makes the most of the texture and color change between eyelash wool and rayon velvet. The photos have been lightened slightly for detail. The raglan sleeve coat is swingy, with multiple panels from shoulder to hem of black velvet. The sleeves are wool with turn back cuffs. The front closes with 4 covered buttons with neat black velvet triangular insets. The black satin lining is wool backed for warmth.

Label: Consumer Protection

Size: Bust: 44", Hips: 54", Shoulders: approx. 15" -16", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Hem: 46", Hem Sweep: 86".

Condition: Clean, no stains or holes.

Price: $105
 Vintage 1940s Raspberry Taffeta Evening Gown
Order #D2689
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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: $105  
 Vintage 1940s Blue and Pink Gauze Party Dress
Order #D2688
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Vintage 1940s Blue and Pink Tricolor Gauze Party Dress SZ L

I admit it,this is a 'different" dress. We date this tricolor dress in two tones of blue and pink to the early 1940s. It is certainly home sewn. The lining is blue taffeta. The bodice has wide gauze straps and a shallow sweetheart neckline. The many gored skirt is gently gathered. The bodice is lined, but unstructured and there is a side metal zipper to close. The hem of the gauze top layer is unfinished and is uneven and shorter than the lining. Please note that the rhinestone dress clip is not included.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 35", Hips: 48", Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem of Gauze Layer: 37, Hem Sweep: Lining: 100", Gauze: 180".

Condition: Hand washed, and ozone treated. There is still a slight "age" odor. No holes or stains. The dress should be hemmed to your desired length.

Price: $90  
 Vintage 1940s Sequined Slate Blue Wool Suit
Order #D2691
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Vintage 1940s Sequined Slate Blue Wool Suit SZ M

The wonderful slate blue tones of this vintage 1940s two piece suit are certainly enhanced by the silver tome sequins on the squared off yoke. The jacket has a squared neckline, a wide tuck to the base of the yoke, released waist darts for front ease, bracelet length sleeves and a shaped hem at the center front. There are large shoulder pads and a 2 button closure with rimmed buttons and bound button holes. The 6 gore skirt has s ide metal zipper to close. Both the skirt and jacket are unlined. Due to that, I suspect this was dressmaker made and very well done, just not lined.

Label: none

Size: Jacket: Bust: 40", Waist: 32", Shoulders: 16.5", Sleeves: 22", CB Neck to Waist: 16", to Hem: 23.5".
Skirt: Waist: 30", Hips: 43", Waist to Hem: 25", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: No holes or stains.

SOLD ON LAYAWAY: Price: $115  
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1950s Vintage Red & Black Striped Blouse Lady Hathaway & Digby Morton SZ S

This 1950s Lady Hathaway blouse has a great colorway with red, black and gold stripes. It was manufactured between 1955 and 1958, when noted British fashion designer Digby Morton was designer and vice -president of Hathaway Shirt Co. NY. The fabrics is a cotton taffeta, woven in Scotland. It's lovely with a nice smooth finish. There is a nicely matched breast pocket and pearl buttns. The front has a simple 3 button closure.

Labels: Cotton Taffeta Woven in Scotland Lady Hathaway Shirt Styled by Digby Morton of London

Labeled a 12. Size: Bust: 39", Waist: 36", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 22", Center Back to Hem: 25".

Condition: Clean, A bit of wear at the edges of the cuffs. No holes or spots.

Price: $25  
 Vintage 1950s Wool Multi-Color Check Wool Suit
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Vintage 1950s Wool Multi-Color Check Wool Suit SZ S/M

The lively wool is what I believe is called a district check. It's woven in rust, gold, teal green and pale blue. And yet it reads brown form a distance. The label close-up photo shows the colors best. This is a tailored suit with 4 working flapped pockets, a 5 button front, turn back cuffs and a fitted waist. The skirt has 6 gores with flare for east walking and a side metal zipper to close. The jacket is lined in dark green crepe.

Labels: It's a Towncliffe and NRB Coat and Suit Industry

Size: Jacket: Bust: 38", Waist: 32", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 23.5", CB Neck to Waist: 16", to Hem: 22".
Skirt: Waist: 27", Hips: 41", Waist to Hem: 30", Hem Sweep: 60".

Condition: No holes or stains. Lining has discolorations at back of neck and underarms.

Price: $95  
Vintage 1940s Black Wool Swing Coat SZ
Order #O465
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Vintage 1940s Black Wool Swing Coat
SZ M

This 1940s swing coat has great details! There's the double breasted front with carved wood buttons, the curved princess lines that become shaped pockets, the double shoulder yoke that develops into swing panels in the back. And the tucked sleeves with tricky wrapped cuffs. There are shoulder pads, of course. The coat is lined in black satin crepe.

Labels:Worth Hartford and Julliard 100% Virgin Wool.

Size: Bust: 42", Hips: 46", Shoulders: 15.75", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neck to Hem: 34.5", Hem Sweep of Lining: 52", Of Wool: 72".

Condition: No holes or stains. The lining has been re-hemmed.

Price: $135
1950s Vintage Navy Polka Dot Summer Suit Dress SZ XL
Order #D2680
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1950s Vintage Navy Polka Dot Summer Suit Dress SZ L

This nicely sized summer weight suit is navy and white polka dot and that is always a cool choice. The fabric is a lightweight acetate crepe with a bouncy hand. The waisted jacket has a fold over collar, rimmed covered buttons, flared 3/4 sleeves with cuffs and a seamed on peplum. The gored skirt has a side metal zipper to close.

Label: Boston Maid

Size: labeled an 18 1/2. Skirt: Waist: 35", Hips: 46", Waist to Hem: 29", Hem Sweep: 58".
Jacket: Bust: 46", Waist: 36", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 18.5", CB Neck to Waist: 16", to Hem: 19.5".

Condition: Excellent, feels crisp and unworn.

Price: $145
1950s New Look Charcoal Grey Wool Winter Vintage Coat
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1950s New Look Charcoal Grey Princess Vintage Coat SZ M

This nicely sized winter coat is so warm! The wool is dense and soft and the stiped satin lining is interlined with wool flannel, plus the very full skirt will keep your legs warm. The wool is a charcoal eyelash with lots of texture. The coat has a deep shawl collar, turn back cuffs, hip pockets and a 2 button asymmetric front. These buttons could easily be moved to adjust the fit at the waist. We show it pinned tighter, so you can see. The lining is beautiful with broad stripes of black, blue and grey.

Label: Bobby Burns Chicago The Coat That Fits Like Magic A Name That Implies Quality

Bust: 38", Waist: 32", Hips: Full, Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Waist: 16", Neck to Hem: 43", Hem Sweep: 104".

Condition: Excellent, feels crisp and unworn.

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1950s Vintage Rose Pink Wool Dressmaker Jacket
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Early 1950s Vintage Pale Rose Pink Wool Dressmaker Jacket SZ S

This sweet jacket has lots of dressmaker touches: curved pockets, bound buttonholes, notched front edge, even wired collar points for shaping. This is shaped and nipped in at the waist for a curvy silhouette. There is also a matching button tab at the side by the hip pockets. Nice. The lining is crepe. The patent referred to on the label was for the construction techniques of the now missing skirt. It was applied for in 1944 and granted in 1945.

Labels: Hyde Park the Patented Body Drum Shape Retaining skirt & National Recovery Board Coat and Suit Industry

Size: Bust: 39", Waist: 27", Hips: 40", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Waist: 16", CB Neck to Hem: 24".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $95
 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: $130
 1950s Purple and White Floral Silk Print Vintage Cocktail Dress
Order #D2672
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1950s Purple and White Floral Silk Print Vintage Cocktail Dress SZ S

I am so happy when I find purple! One of my favorite colors. This cocktail dress has a fitted, draped midriff, a fold over swag at the waist, a very wide square neckline and a straight skirt. The bodice has 3/4 sleeves. A pretty dress, and fully lined in white taffeta. Center back metal zipper to close. This was most likely dressmaker made.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 39", Waist: 27", Hips: 39", Shoulders: approx. 16", Sleeves: approx. 18", Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 24.5", Hem Sweep: 42".

Condition: Clean. No holes, no stains.

Price: $95
1950s Vintage Red and Black Knit Skirt Suit
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1950s Vintage Red and Black Knit 2pc Skirt Suit SZ M/L

This late 1950s to early 1960s black and red wool figured knit skirt suit has a gently fitted jacket and flared skirt. The jacket has black piped edges, 7/8 sleeves and glass buttons. The skirt is 4 gore with flare, an elastic base to the waist and hanging tapes. It works with the metal zipper at either the side or the back. All I could find on this label was that it was in existence from 1939 to 1999.

Labels: Made in France for Odys de Paris & The House of Tweed Wellesley Hyannis Boston

Size: Skirt: Waist: 28", Hips: 44", Waist to Hem: 25", Hem Sweep: 74".
Jacket: Bust: 42", Waist: 33", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 21", CB Neck to Waist: 16.5 ", Neck to Hem: 22".

Condition: Excellent. The buttons are vintage glass but are replacements.

Price: $95
Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress
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Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress SZ M,BR.

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: $75
1940s Black Figured Rayon Satin Dinner Dress SZ M/L

Despite its first impression as an older woman's dress, this is one plunging neckline. The jacquard fabric has a wonderful Deco swirl pattern. The soft bodice has modified gigot sleeves, shirring at the shoulder and shirring at the waist of the skirt. This closes at center front. The neckline and wrist are finished with two pleated frills; one black, one cream with picot edge.There are shoulder pads, and there would have been a belt.

Label: Styled for Dorian

Size: Labeled a 16. Bust: 40", Waist: 30", Hips: 50", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 26" inc. frill, CB Neck to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 39", Hem Sweep: 70".

Condition: Some age spotting to the cream neckline frill as shown.

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: $95
1950s Hot Pink Wool Crepe Suit by Davidow
Order #D2652
1950s Hot Pink Wool Crepe Suit by Davidow SZ M

This late 1950s lady's suit is a wonderful bright hot pink wool crepe with a boxy jacket with 4 flaps, 3/4 sleeves and the patented Davidow button front. The bottom pockets are functional. The skirt is a straight cut with kick pleat and both pieces have a crepe de chine lining.

Labels: Davidow London Paris New York, US Patent 2,318,295 & B. Altman & Co. Fifth Avenue New York

Size: Jacket: Bust: 41", Waist: 34", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 19.5", CB Neck to Hem: 21.25".
Skirt: Waist: 28", Hips: 40", Waist to Hem: 25.75", Hem Sweep:50".

Condition: Excellent. No stains or holes.

Price: $75
Vintage 1950s Black Wool Suit by Lord & Taylor
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Vintage 1950s Black Wool Suit by Lord & Taylor SZ S

This super tailored suit is a smooth finish deep black wool. The jacket has a fly front closure with hidden buttons and is very tailored with a nipped in waist. The skirt has two tiers with a matching front detail to the fly on the jacket. This is a well-made, structure, winter weight suit. The jacket is lined in black crepe. Skirt closes with side metal zipper.

Label: Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue

Size: Jacket: Bust: 36", Waist: 27", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 22", CB Neck to Waist: 15", to Hem 22".
Skirt: Waist: 25", Hips: 37", Waist to Hem: 29", Hem Sweep: 42".

Condition: The hidden buttons have been replaced and there is one 1/16" moth hole on the skirt at the side back, upper tier.

Price: $99
1950s Vintage White Dress with Caribbean Calypso Novelty Embroidery
Order #D2213
1950s Vintage White Dress with Caribbean Calypso Novelty Embroidery SZ S/M

One more from my personal stash. This shirtwaist style summer dress is white rayon in a linen weave with full covered button front and gently eased skirt. The front is fully decorated with bands of brightly colored embroidered Jamaican/Barbadian? Calypso musicians and palm trees. The bands are framed with pulled work. It's a wonderful summer dress. I show it with a modern red patent belt that will be included.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37", Waist:31", Hips: 45", Shoulders: 15.5", CB Neck to Waist: 15.75", Waist to Hem: 23", Hem Sweep: 50"

Condition: Clean, no spots or stains or holes. This has been altered to let out the sides seams. There is a slight trace of the crease still.

Price: $105
 Vintage 1950s Blue Print Bathing Swimsuit or Romper
Order #MI659
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Vintage 1950s Blue Print Bathing Swimsuit or Romper by
Rose Marie Reid SZ S


This is so cool. I like the blue, white, yellow and very pale pink batik style print very much. It's a Rose Marie Reid swimsuit, too. The bodice is darted to fit with horizontal center bust darts, boned seams over the bist, double spaghetti straps and elasticized side back panels to hug the body. The short style bottom has an internal lining that snugs to the legs with elastic. The back closes with a zipper.

Label: Rose Marie Reid Everglaze Easy Care Fabric

Size: Bust: 32 - 34", Waist: 24" - 26", Hips: 38", Shoulder to Waist: 15"-16.5", Outseam: 12", Half Girth : 28.5"

Condition: Excellent. Clean, no holes, no stains.

Price: $58