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Vintage Dresses & Gowns
The Vintage Dresses & Gowns department contains all our Vintage Day, Party and Evening Dresses and Gowns from the 1920s to 1970s.
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 Vintage 1920s Wine & Black Devore Chiffon Beaded Flapper Dress
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Vintage 1920s Wine & Black Devore Chiffon Beaded Flapper Dress SZ S/M

This dress is a wonderful Art Deco cut velvet chiffon with a chenille appearance to the velvet. It is a straight cut, no waist seam, with glass beading in rose and silver on the skirt portion. The neckline and armholes are bound off in crepe and there are 2 handkerchief hip drapes in plain black and wine chiffon attached by a covered button. No closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36", Low Waist: 39", Hips: 39", Shoulders: 14", CB Neck to Hem: 42", Hem Sweep: 40".

Condition: There are to areas on the front shoulders that had losses. This has been backed with a dyed to match silk chiffon. There are also several scattered breaks that have been backed as well. I would estimate that the beading is 90% intact. There are missing loops. Please see photos and close-ups. This should be stored flat to avoid hanger and weight damage.

Price: $165
 Vintage 1920s Black Chiffon & Velvet Dress
Order #D2685
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Vintage 1920s Black Chiffon & Velvet Dress SZ S

This one is a lovely example of the contrast of sheer chiffon and opaque velvet. This long sleeved mid 1920s dress has a built in chiffon slip with straps. Everything else is attached to this: a the crossover bodice with cut-in-one lapels and tie-wrist sleeves, the gathered chiffon skirt with two wide bands of silk velvet, and the floating velvet side panels that fall in points. The drops waist has a narrow silk band. No closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 35", Low Waist: 37", Hips: 48", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 22.75", CB to Low Waist: 22", Low Waist to Hem: 21.5". Hem Sweep: Lining: 49", Chiffon: 74"".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. This has been ozone treated.

Price: $210  
1920s Vintage Western Themed Novelty Print Dress
Order #D2686
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1920s Vintage Native American Western Themed Novelty Print Dress SZ L

This is a rare example of a novelty print from the 1920s. It's a lightweight crepe de chine in beige with an American Western themed print in blue, peach, and black. There are even drum heads, cow skulls, fringed bags and bed rolls. And it's also a rare large size. The cut is simple: a straight dress with a gathered flounce at the low waist with a V neck and long gently gathered sleeves on wrist bands. The neckline is bound in the same silk. No closures.

 What is odd, and perhaps why this is in such excellent condition, is that the neckline is rather small to get over a person's head. My head measure 21.5" and I can't do it. So, if you want to wear this one, a seamstress will need to open the binding at the left shoulder and at the shoulder seam itself and add a snap placket there.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 44", Low Waist: 46", Hips: 50", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 22", CB to Hem: 41", Hem Sweep: 52".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. This has been hand washed.

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1930s Vintage Black Chiffon & Cream Lace Evening Dress by Franklin Simon
Order #D2682
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1930s Vintage Black Chiffon & Cream Lace Evening Dress by Franklin Simon SZ M/L

1930s dresses with labels just aren't that common. This vintage mid 1930s evening dress is black chiffon over black silk crepe de chine with a black and cafe au lait chiffon inner bodice. This has lovely cafe au lait lace band which shows through the sheer outer layer. The sleeves are floating circles and the skirt has the characteristic deep curved yoke with very full skirt. There is a matching belt at the easy waist. There are also the small center back neckline tucks often seen in the 1920s and 30s. We show this with a necklace and a rhinestone dress clip that are Not Included.

Franklin Simon Co. was founded in 1902, with the main store at 414 5th Ave at 38th St. in 1903. The store changed hands several times from 1936 on and closed in 1979 as part of City Stores.

Label: Franklin Simon & Co. Fifth Avenue, N.Y.

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 32", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 15", CB to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 38". Hem Sweep: Lining: 58", Chiffon: 216".

Condition: The upper chiffon yoke (above the lace) had been replaced at some point with a pink nylon. This is been removed and the yoke is now a matching silk chiffon with roll hemmed finish. Two small holes in chiffon skirt near hem as shown, no stains. This has been ozone treated.

Price: $165
 Late 1930s Vintage Tropical Print Chiffon  Evening Dress by Tailored Woman SZ M
Order #D2687
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Late 1930s Vintage Tropical Print Chiffon Evening Dress by Tailored Woman SZ M

I date this wonderful tropical print chiffon dress to 1939. It could be 1940, but the deep V yoke and the lace of shoulder pads push it earlier. The address in the label dates it to at least 1939. The print is fabulous, with green leaves and white, blue, and deep rose flowers cascading down a black background. The chiffon lays over a black silk crepe de chine slip. The draped sweetheart neckline wraps at the front into an applique edge of flowers. The soft sleeves are finished with applique leaves. There is a narrow self-belt. The very full, almost circular chiffon skirt is set on a deep V yoke. Side Metal Zipper to close.

 The Tailored Woman store was founded in 1919 by Eugene K. Denton on Fifth Ave, opposite the present Saks Fifth Ave. The store moved to its final location at Fifth and 57th in 1939. Mr. Denton's goal was to sell "simple, lovely clothes". He closed the store in 1967 and passed away in 1988 at the age of 99.

Labels: Tailored Woman Fifth Ave. at Fifty Seventh St. New York and Taylor Importing Original

Size: Bust: 42", Waist: 27", Hips: 44", Shoulders: 15" to 16", CB to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 42.5", Hem Sweep: Lining: 96", Chiffon: 220".

Condition: No holes or stains. This has been ozone treated.

Price: $210
 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 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: $105
1940s Vintage Midnight Blue Print Rayon Dress or Robe
Order #D2692
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1940s Vintage Midnight Blue Print Rayon Dress or Robe SZ 42

This 1940s navy blue rayon dress (or robe as it has a zipper front under that placket) is made up in a deep midnight blue rayon with a vertical print stripe in turquoise, white, yellow and red. The front closes with a metal zipper under a hidden placket and has V shaped breast pockets with tiny piped edges. The shirt sleeves have darted caps. The full length skirt is peated at the front along the solid edges of the stripe to release the print portions in the pleat returns. The skirt is cut on the bias at the back, forming bold chevrons. The back has a bit of a train. The belt shown is not original but is of the period and will be included. There are no shoulders pads. There is room for them if you wish to add some.
The Real Silk Hosiery Mills of Indianapolis were founded in 1922. They were a huge seller of stockings and men's socks as well as lingerie.

Label: Product by Real Silk Hosiery Mills 42 Indianapolis

Labeled a 42. Size: Bust: 45", Waist:36", Hips: 50", Shoulders: 14.5", Center Back to Waist: 15.75", Waist to Hem: Front:37.5", Back: 43", Hem Sweep: 84".

Condition: Handwashed. One darned mend at the right shoulder seam at neckline, as shown about 1/2" area, and a slight fray at back neckline. No holes or spots.

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1950s Rockabilly Vintage Beaded Pink Halter Dress
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1950s Rockabilly Vintage Beaded Pink Shantung Halter Dress SZ XL

This 1950s pink halter cocktail or party dress still has its original hang tags! But the belt is MIA. It is a rare larger size in this style and color. The halter neck is embellished with pearls and rhinestones and has a decorative flange at the bodice that curves into the under bust seam. The skirt is semi-circular. And the dress closes with a side metal zipper.

Labels: Styled and Made by a member of the Miami Fashion Council, Tomorrow's Styling Today by Vacation Land Modes of Miami, Fla. & Iri-Shan a Yarn -dyed Antique Shantung Rayon and Acetate

Labeled a 20. Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 33", Hips: Free", Center Back at Neck to Front Waist: 24", Waist to Hem: 30", Hem Sweep: 216".

Condition: Ozone treated. There is a little soil at the back neck, apparently from storage. No holes or spots.

Price: $120
1960s Black and Cream Sequined Chiffon Cocktail Dress
Order #D2690
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1960s Black and Cream Sequined Chiffon Cocktail Dress SZ S 

 This pretty early 1960s cocktail dress is by Lee Claire. It has a sheer silk chiffon in a nude tone for the bodice over a nude crepe boned inner bodice. This has black sequins that become denser as they flow to the waist. The skirt is black chiffon over a black crepe lining. The blouson bodice waist Is defined by a fat rouleau cord belt, also in the black chiffon. Side metal zipper the lining tiny snaps to close the outer chiffon. And this is very well made.

Label: Lee Claire New York

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 27", Hips: 38", Shoulders" approx. 15", CB to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 26", Hem Sweep: 40".

Condition: Ozone treated. There is a small dart type repair at one shoulder, and a handsewn mend at the underarm, both shown. No holes or spots.

Price: $110
 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: $125  
1970s Red, Grey, Gold & Black Striped Knit Vintage Dress
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1970s Red, Grey, Gold & Black Striped Knit Vintage Dress SZ M

This fun stripe from the 1970s is a festival of red, grey, gold and black. This knit has some stretch and is cut as an easy sheath. There is a faux front placket with two large buttons and simple collar and gently eased 3/4 sleeves with two button cuffs. Center back nylon coil zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust:38 ", Waist: 36", Hips: 41", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 20", Neck to Hem: 42.5", Hem Sweep: 52".

Condition: Clean. No holes, no stains. The cuff buttons have been replaced.

Price: $35  
1970s Yellow Alfred Shaheen Hand Print Vintage Maxi Dress
Order #D2677
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1960s Yellow Alfred Shaheen Hand Print Vintage Maxi Dress SZ S

We found two Shaheen's recently. Things run in threes, so we are waiting for one more! This handprinted Shaheen full length maxi or hostess dress is in a shirtwaist style with a two button front and flared skirt. The bodice has darts to fit and an open collar with long points. The fabric is a polyester/nylon shantung sheer in a soft yellow, with a lovely floral print in tangerine, olive, blue and white. The front closes with covered buttons and the body of the dress is interlined in yellow taffeta, while the sleeves are left sheer.

Label: Alfred Shaheen California HawaiiandMade in USA 91% Polyester 9% Nylon

Size: Labeled a Size 8. Bust: 36", Waist: 26", Hips: 46", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 22", Center back to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem: 39", Hem Sweep: 72".

Condition: Clean and fresh. No holes, no stains on exterior. One spot on interior facing at hem.

Price: $65  
1940s Black Figured Rayon Satin Dinner Dress SZ M/L
Order #D2635
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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: $85
1960s Lilli Diamond Print Chiffon Party Dress
Order #D2653
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1960s Lilli Diamond Print Chiffon Party Dress SZ S

This 1960s print crinkle chiffon party dress has a lovely print in blues, greens, white and periwinkle with white line drawings of flowers. The bodice is draped and gathered across the front, while the back is shirred into a V at the back zipper. The skirt is gathered throughout over and white taffeta lining. Nylon coil center back zipper to close.

Label: Original Lilli Diamond of California

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 25", Hips: free, Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 21", Hem Sweep: Lining: 92", chiffon 116".

Condition: Excellent. No stains or holes.

Price: $65
Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress
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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: $75
1960s Vintage Black Beaded Crepe Slim Cocktail Dress

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1960s Vintage Black Beaded Crepe Slim Cocktail Dress SZ S

This slim 1960s party or cocktail dress is black crepe with a marquisette yoke and beaded bodice and collar. The collard yoke drops well off the shoulder with a short sleeve. The glass bead and sequin bodice is darted, with a deep, shaped tuck at the waistline over the tucked straight skirts. Dress closes with a zip at the center back.

Label: none

Size: Labeled a size 8. Bust: 34", Waist: 25.5", Hips: 38", Shoulders: approx. 14", CB Neck to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 23", Hem Sweep: 38".

Condition: Clean no holes or stains. Beading is intact. Dress has been hemmed up 1.5"for a total 4" hem.

Price: $65
1960s Vintage Green Shimmer Brocade Cocktail or Party Dress
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1960s Vintage Green Shimmer Brocade Cocktail or Party Dress SZ XS

This classic 1960s party dress is in a green and aqua fancy brocade with a lot of shimmer. The front bateau neckline evolves into a deep U back with wide set straps and a sweet keeper tie across the back. The gathered dirndl skirt is moderately full with a piped waistline. A pretty and wearable dress from a fine store. The dress closes with a zip at the center back.

Label: Bonwit Teller

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 24", Hips: Free, Shoulders: approx. 14", Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 21.5", Hem Sweep: 59".

Condition: Clean no holes or stains.

Price: $65
1960s Vintage Black Lace Strapless Evening Gown Dress with Ribbon Trim

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1960s Vintage Black Lace Strapless Evening Gown Dress with Ribbon Trim SZ XS

This 1960s black lace evening gown is strapless with a deep hem flounce for that tulip silhouette. The lace is really set off by two green and pink silk satin ribbons running vertically down the bodice and skirt under the lace and ending at the neckline in loops and at the flounce in a bow with streamers. The bodice is boned with a side nylon zipper. The entire dress is either interlined or lined in black taffeta. The flounce edge is stiffened with back horsehair braid.

Label: Nona Original New York

Size: Bust: 32", Waist: 24.5", Hips: 36", CF Neckline to Waist: 11", Waist to Hem: 37", Hem Sweep of ruffle: 160".

Condition: Clean. There are small splits to the lace on the bodice and stress wear to the lace at the zipper as shown. The side had been taken in at the zip, and this has been restored to the larger size and set in by hand.

Price: $150
1970s Vintage Deep Blue Velvet Maxi Dress

Order #D2658
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1970s Vintage Deep Blue Velvet Maxi Dress SZ S

This 1970s deep blue rayon velvet maxi dress formal is in the Edwardian Romantic style with Empire waist, stand collar, long sleeves and deep lace wrist flounce. The dress is fitted in with a barrow rouleau waist tie and has a straight skirt with moderate sweep. It closes center back with a nylon zipper

Label: by Lorrie Deb San FranciscoSize: Bust: 34", Under bust: 27", Hips: 40", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neckline to High Waist: 11", High Waist to Hem: 42", Hem Sweep: 64".

Condition: Clean. No stains or holes.

Price: $75
1970s Vintage Golden Yellow Watercolor Print Maxi Dress

Order #D2660
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1970s Vintage Golden Yellow Watercolor Print Maxi Dress SZ S

This 1977 sheer watercolor print maxi dress is in a polyester chiffon with taffeta lining. The front bodice is lightly shaped with multiple pin tucks that release into the skirt at the front. There is a back waist seam with a tie. The skirt is gored and flared. The unlined blouson sleeves have a wide cuff. It closes center back with a nylon zipper.

Label: None. Home sewn.

Size: Bust: 33", Waist: 28", Hips: 44", Shoulders: 14.5", Sleeves: 23.5", Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 43", Hem Sweep: 136".

Condition: Clean. No stains or holes.

Price: $65
1960s Mod Orange Barathea Dress by Nat Kaplan
1960s Mod Orange Barathea Dress by Nat Kaplan SZ S

The coloring on this dress is brilliant! Orange with green and metallic gold paisleys throughout this one won't go unnoticed in the crowd. The wrap over front is sleeveless, with a wide belt and a ball button loop closure all the way down the skirt. The hem slit can be buttoned all the way down, or opened up to 12". The side belt closes at the venter back with hooks. It's currently at about 8: up from the hem. The dress is fully interlined and the nylon zipper is hand set.

Labels:Nat Kaplan New York and ILGWU 1963 - 1972

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 29", Hips: 42", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem: 22", Hem Sweep: 48".

Condition: Excellent. The belt has been extended at the back with matching material.

Price: $99
1970s Vintage Silk Hot Tropical Pink Halter Maxi Dress
1970s Vintage Silk Hot Tropical Pink Halter Maxi Dress SZ S

This simple halter dress is a wonderful use of a stunning big tone on tone tropical floral print. The fabric is a silk shantung, and is interlined throughout. The halted neckline is curved with an empire seam and the skirt is gently flared to the hem. CB nylon coil zipper and a bone in the narrow bodice at the back as well. There are tapes inside to slide over a strapless bra.

Label: Boutique Chantal

Size: Bust: 35", Underbust: 32", Waist: 32", Hips: 42", Side Underbust to Hem: 45", Approx. Shoulder to Hem: 59", Hem Sweep: 67".

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $85
1950s Vintage White Dress with Caribbean Calypso Novelty Embroidery
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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: $125
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