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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. 
For pre 1920s Dresses,please visit Victorian and Edwardian Fashion



Order #D2617
1920s Vintage Embroidered Black Wool Dress in the Ethnic Style
SZ M/L

This wonderful mid 1920s black wool day dress has delightful embroidery in an ethnic – perhaps Balkan or Slavic, style. Each gold wool insert (there are 5 total) is piped in gold wool and set with dozens of silver metal buttons. The over sleeves have a matching vent at the back, over a black silk satin bishop undersleeve with cuff. The abstract embroidery is a machine stitched small chain stitch in coral and old gold metallic thread. The front closes with snaps under the buttons.   

Label: none

Size: Bust: 43”, Waist: 45”, Hips: 49”, Shoulders: 16”, Sleeves: 23”, CB Neck to Hem: 43”, Hem Sweep: 56”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.  

SOLD!  
1930s Vintage Black Lace Evening Dress SZ M
Order #D2610
1930s Vintage Black Lace Evening Dress SZ M

This nicely sized 1930s black lace dress comes with an integral black crepe lining with matching lace hem band, so the pesky problem of finding a slip is solved. The lace is a lovely, soft rayon with an Art Deco pattern. The easy fit bodice has elbow length sleeves with shaped flounces, a loose belt with Art Deco rhinestone clasp, and a kerchief style fichu that ties center front and is weighted. This appears to be removable if you wish. The skirt is gathered on at the low hip.  There are no side closures – this is a slip-on dress.
Color note – this dress is very black; the photos have been lightened for detail. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 38”, Low Waist: 35”, Hips: 42”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 17 at front”, CB Neck to low Waist: 18”, CB Neck to Hem: 55”, Hem Sweep of Slip: 58”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. One mend at center back of the skirt.

Price: $156
1930s Vintage Black Velvet Evening Dress SZ S
Order #D2612
1930s Vintage Black Velvet Evening Dress SZ S

The sleeves are the star on this dress. The front bodice has a wrap cut with the panels extending into a waist level tie at center back. This is stitched in place. The velvet is very soft and draping, most likely a silk or rayon velvet. The sleeves are finished with deep pointed dags – very witchy. There is no side closure; this is a slip-on dress with a single snap at the front crossover. 
Color note – this dress is very black; the photos have been lightened for detail. The sleeve close-up in indicative of the actual color.  

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Hips: 38”, Shoulders: approx. 15”, CB Neck to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 37”, Hem Sweep: 101”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. 

Price: $155 
Vintage 1940s Beaded Forest Green Rayon Crepe Evening Dress SZ S
Order #D2615
Vintage 1940s Beaded Forest Green Rayon Crepe Evening Dress SZ S

The seaming and style lines on this gown are wonderful. The front bodice panel is cut with scrolls that extend into the skirt, where there are triple knife pleats that echo the waist tucks. The back bodice echoes the front, but a soft skirt that molds to the figure. The stand collar and long sleeves close with covered buttons and rouleau loops: the side has metal zipper. Then there’s the charming, naive beading in a rainbow of colors at the waist and shoulder. And of course, there are shoulder pads. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Hips: 42”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 23”, CB Neck to Waist: approx. 16”, Neck to Hem: 56”, Hem Sweep: 82”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains, with light soil at the hem. 

SOLD!  
1940s Vintage Black Rayon Dress with Fantastic Ribbon Work Floral Garlands SZ S
Order #D2614
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1940s Vintage Black Rayon Dress with Fantastic Ribbon Work Floral Garlands SZ S

This striking dress was made from a ribbon embroidered rayon with flower garlands in a rainbow of colors. All this ribbon work is hand sewn. It must have been quite precious to the dressmaker, as she avoided cutting the ribbons, leaving an uneven hem around the flowers. The sleeves and small decorative tie area solid plain rayon that she matched very closely. The bodice has typical 1940s styling with a raised waistline and tucks. The ribbon flowers are appliqued over the sleeve caps to extend the shoulder line and the neckline is cut high at the front and back with a crossover band with small black buttons at the shoulders. There is a back neck zipper. The bodice is seamed with a horizontal yoke line front and back.  
The skirt has a deep yoke, shirred at the right side, and running across the front, and set on the yoke on a deep V at the back. The front wrap skirt is set on at this level and the hem dips to the back. The aforementioned small ribbons with 2 buttons sit at the top of the wrap on the left side.   
Side metal zipper to close. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: approx. 36”, Waist: 32”, Hips: 40”, Shoulders: 15”, CB Neck to Waist: 15”, Waist to Hem: Front: 26”, Back: 29.5”, Hem Sweep: 74”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. This is definitely home or seamstress sewn. One odd thing is that the fabric, the metal Talon side zipper and the cut are very 1940s. However, the neck zipper is nylon. Could that the dress wasn’t finished until much later. Or the neck zipper could be a later replacement.  

SOLD!

1950s Vintage Pink and Watermelon Print Cotton Party Dress SZ S
Order #D2618
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1950s Vintage Pink and Watermelon Print Cotton Party Dress SZ S

This charming dress in a sweet, soft cotton print has a lovely bateau neckline and a deep V back. The soft, cap sleeve bodice has a wide, attached wrap sash. We wrapped it twice around the waist, but it would also do well tied once and the long ends hanging. The long, full skirt has loads of tiny knife pleats at the waist. Center back metal zipper to close. 

Label: A five-thirty p.m. fashion

Size: Bust: 38”, Waist: 27”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: 15” – 16”, Shoulder to Waist: 17”, Waist to Hem: 30.5”, Hem Sweep: 117”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $114 
Vintage 1950s Navy Blue Knit Sweater and Skirt Set SZ M/L
Order #D2604
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Vintage 1950s Navy Blue Knit Sweater and Skirt Set SZ M/L

This is a 3-piece set – sweater top, knit belt and skirt. The knitting technique used two different stitches for texture and variety. The sweater is a pullover with open neck and folded back collar. The front yoke, sleeves and collar and hem finish are all the textured stitch. This collar could be un-picked to fall in flat reveres. The belt is knit with a grosgrain back and a wrapped yarn buckle. The flared skirt has an elastic waist and horizontal bands of the two stitch types. 

Label: none

Size: Measurements taken flat and un-stretched. Top: Bust: 38”, Waist: 32”, High Hip: 38”, Shoulders: 17”, CB Neck to Hem: 23”. 
Skirt:  Waist: 30”, Hips: 39”, Waist to Hem: 31”, Hem Sweep: 64”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. Elastic is still strong. 

Price: $75 
Vintage 1950s Changeable Blue to Brown Jacquard Ethnic Dress SZ S
Order #D2613
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Vintage 1950s Changeable Blue to Brown Jacquard Ethnic Dress SZ S

This ethnic dress appears to be Eastern European in make. No one has done cartridge pleats in US manufacture for a very long time! The bodice is fitted, and has the deep, low neckline styled for wear over a peasant blouse. The bodice is lightly boned with a hook and eye front, gusset insets at the bust, and decorative metal buttons at the waist. The blue to brown changeable silk jacquard weave has a flowers pattern with rose and yellow flowers. The neckline is trimmed with self-fabric pleating. The skirt has pleats on the front and cartridge pleats across the back for fullness.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Shoulder to Waist: 16.25”, Hips: Full, Waist to Hem: 23.5” + 6.5” Hem, Hem Sweep: 92”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

SOLD!  
Vintage 1950s White, Blue and Purple Floral Rayon Summer Day Dress SZ M
Order #D2605
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Vintage 1950s White, Blue and Purple Floral Rayon Summer Day Dress SZ M

This home sewn dress is in linen weave that I believe to be a rayon blend. It has been interlined with a white batiste throughout. The floral is very perky – turquoise, blue, olive green and purple flowers on a crisp white ground. The neckline is a scoop. The dress is cut without a waist seam on the front and back panels, and with a waist seam at the side fronts and backs. Here there is a waist seam and darts in the skirt panels. These is a nice flare to the hem. Center back metal zipper to close. As I mentioned this was home sewn. Apparently, they ran just short of fabric at the underarm seams of the sleeves, and whipped down the raw edges to the interlining to just butt at the seam. Also, they didn’t like the low scoop of the back neckline, and mounted on an inset there prior to setting in the zipper. 

Label: none 

Size: Bust: 37”, Waist: 32”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Shoulder to Waist: 16”, Hips: 47”, Shoulder to Hem: 41”, Hem Sweep: 62”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. There are two straps of matching fabric left from the making, and these will be included. Perhaps enough for a belt? Or two side belts? 

Price: $45
Vintage 1950s Pink Knit Dress and Jacket Set by Barbara Carol SZ S/M
Order #D2606
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Vintage 1950s Pink Knit Dress and Jacket Set by Barbara Carol SZ S/M

This is a 2-piece set – sweater/jacket and dress. There is no belt. Both the bolero jacket and the dress have fancy knit borders: at the dress neckline, jacket collar, and both sets of sleeve hems. The skirt of the dress has knit in accordion pleats. The dress slips on, the bolero has small rhinestone buttons. 

Label: Barbara Carol New York 100% Wool 

Size: Measurements taken flat and un-stretched . 
Dress: Bust: 34”, Waist: 27”, Hips: 35”, Shoulders: approx.15.5”, Shoulder to Waist: 16”, Waist to Hem: 27.5”, Hem Sweep: 50”
Jacket: Bust: 34”, Waist: 26”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 16.5”, CB Neck to Hem: 18”.

Condition: Very Good, No holes. One mend in the jacket right next to the buttonhole as shown. One very faint small spot at center back of dress bodice. 

Price: $95
Vintage 1950s Blue Silk and Lace Cocktail Dress and Jacket SZ M/L
Order #D2608
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Vintage 1950s Blue Silk and Lace Cocktail Dress and Jacket SZ M/L

This well-cut dress in silk faille and lace has a great bolero jacket with wide collar, elbow length sleeves and sculptural rose at the center front. The dress has a lace over nude bodice with a square neckline and fitted waist with a slight empire waistline. Seam. But look at the front darting - it’s superb. Center back metal zipper to close.  

Label: none

Size: Jacket: Bust: 42”, Shoulders: approx. 16”, Sleeves: 16”, CB Neck to Hem: 16.75”. 
Dress: Bust: 40”, Waist: 31”, Hips: 43”, Shoulders: approx. 16”, Shoulder to Waist: 16.5”, Shoulder to Hem: 40.5”, Hem Sweep: 42”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. The hem has been shortened 1”. 

Price: $85 
1950s Vintage Black Velvet and Silk Cocktail Party Dress by Suzy Perette SZ S
Order #D2611
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1950s Vintage Black Velvet and Silk Cocktail Party Dress by Suzy Perette SZ S

This chic LBD is a 1950s Suzy Perette. The front is deceptively simple, with a black velvet fitted torso and an apron front over a silk underskirt. At the sides, the apron front ends, to show a back with black velvet skirt and black silk draped in a V shape with tucks and a large bow. The understructure is gran, with stiffening and a net crinoline. The front has narrow shoulder straps that widen at the top and go into extended shoulder line back. Center back metal zipper to close. 
Please note that this is a tad long waisted for my mannequin. 

Label: Suzy Perette

Size:  Bust: 34”, Waist: 26”, Hips: Full, Shoulder to Waist: 17”, Front Waist to Hem: 24”, Back Shoulder to Hem: 42”, Hem Sweep: 64”

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. 

Price: $175 

Vintage 1960s Black Chiffon Over Crepe Cocktail Mod Mini Dress
Order #D2609
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Vintage 1960s Black Chiffon Over Crepe Cocktail Mod Mini Dress
SZ S

What a fun mini dress – tent shape chiffon overdress over a fitted black heavy crepe sheath. The over dress gathers at the stand collar and is loose at the armholes and center back to allow room to get to the zipper. The collar has a band of typical 1960s metallic and sequin trims in old gold and silver. 

Label: none

Size: Measurements of the fitted underdress: Dress: Bust: 34”, Waist: 32”, Hips: 40:, CB Neck to Waist: 16”, to Hem: 35”, Hem Sweep: 48”

Condition: Very Good, one small break in chiffon near hem as shown.  

Price: $45 
Vintage 1960s Hot Pink Silk Shantung Coat & Beaded Gown by <i>Malcom Starr </i>SZ S/M
Order #2616
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Vintage 1960s Hot Pink Silk Shantung Coat & Beaded Gown by Malcom Starr SZ S/M

I couldn’t get the intensity of the pink in the photos. It really is hot, shocking pink. This evening set has a full-length double-breasted coat with beaded collar pink satin lining, big covered buttons, bound buttonholes and back 1/2 belt to snug it in. The matching gown is sleeveless, with an Empire waist, fitted torso and full length flared skirt. The entire bodice is beaded in 3-D bugle bead paisley shapes with glass beads and rhinestones accents.  The dress is fully lined as well. And has a handset back metal zipper. This is substantial set.  Malcom Starr was a good label and made very high-quality garments. 

Label: Both pieces labeled: Malcom Starr Made in Hong Kong British Crown Colony

Size: Labeled a 14. Coat: Bust: 39”, Waist: 32”, Hips: 42”, Shoulders: 16”, Sleeves: 22.25”,  CB Neck to waist: 16”, to Hem: 58”, Hem Sweep: 76”.
Dress: Bust: 38”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 39”, Shoulder to Waist: approx.16”, to Hem: 58”, Hem Sweep: 62.”
 
Condition: Coat: An area of light soiling on the coat sleeve as shown, and some soil along hem edge. more on inside. Dress – excellent, hemmed up ½”.   

Price: $275

1940s Blue, White and Rust Rayon Print Chiffon Vintage Dress SZ S/M
Order #D2591
1940s Blue, White and Rust Rayon Print Chiffon Vintage Dress SZ S/M

This wonderful rayon chiffon day dress from the 1940s has 2 tone windowpane plaid overlaid on a fine black and white fern and berries print. The bodice is softly fitted with waist shirring, cap sleeves, and button and loop packet (glass buttons!). the skirt is gathered at the front and gored at the back. Side metal zipper toc close. The slate blue and rust grosgrain belt may not be original to the dress, but it from the same estate. 

 Label: A ToniKaren

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 26”, Hips: 54”, Shoulders: 15.5”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.5”, Waist to Hem: 24”. Hem Sweep: 68”.  

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear, no holes, two faint spots on the bodice as shown. Wear to the buckle as shown.  

Price: $155  
1940s Blue, White and Rust Rayon Novelty Aztec Print Vintage Dress
Order #D2592
1940s Blue, White and Rust Rayon Novelty Aztec Print Vintage Dress 
SZ S/M

This wonderful rayon novelty print day dress from the 1940s has a bold print with slate blue and rust abstract shape and Aztec or Inca? Inspired black line drawings on an ivory ground. It’s a wonderful print. The short sleeve top and a button front with pleated peter pan collar. The soft skirt is gathered at the front and gored at the back. Side metal zipper to close. There are flanges at the shoulders and tucks at the waist for bust line fullness.  The black faille belt is not original, but comes from the same estate. 

Label: Styled by Lynbrook

Size: Bust: 38”, Waist: 26”, Hips: 48”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 6”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.5”, Waist to Hem: 28”. Hem Sweep:68’.  

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear. There is a period darned mend and some small spots as shown in close-ups. The Collar has been flipped as there is wear on the unseen lining underneath.    

Price: $108  
Late 1940s Grey, White, Yellow and Lavender Striped Vintage Dress
Order #D2601
Late 1940s Grey, White, Yellow & Lavender Striped Vintage Dress
SZ S/M

A nice fresh, crisp dress for summer. Add some espadrilles for a great look. The fabric is chambray cotton woven in stripes of grey, white, lavender and yellow with the stripe used to create a lot of interest:  horizontally on the body, vertically on the sleeves, horizontally on the turn back cuffs, and on the bias at the front and back of the skirt. The belt is the solid grey. There are small shoulder pads. The top buttons and there is a metal side zipper to close. This is the original length - she must have been a tall gal!

Label: Styled by Lynbrook

Size: Bust: 37”, Waist: 26”, Hips: 44”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 8”, CB Neck to Waist: 17”, Waist to Hem: 32.5”. Hem Sweep: 86”.  

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear. The belt buckle is discolored as shown, the hem was let back down to the original length (original hem is intact) and there is a small crease line. Two of the original buttons have cracks. There is a tiny mended hole as shown.  
   
Price: $118
1950s Black and White Gingham Vintage Dress
Order #D2598
1950s Black and White Gingham Vintage Dress SZ S/M

This crisp gingham cotton dress is headed for summer. The shirtwaist style front has a ruffled band with narrow white lace edging and small black and rhinestone buttons. The Ύ sleeves have a narrow band with ruffle above and the skirt is pleated at the waist. The self-belt is original. for summer. Add some red or yellow shoes for a great look. There is a metal side zipper to close. 

Label: Kathi Originals

Size: Bust: 38”, Waist: 27”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 16”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.5”, Waist to Hem: 26”. Hem Sweep: 78”.  

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear. The belt buckle is discolored as shown.
   
Price: $69  
1950s Lavender and White Gingham Vintage Dress Set
Order #D2595
1950s Lavender and White Gingham Vintage Dress Set SZ S

This lavender and white blouse cotton gingham and skirt and blouse set from the 1950s has a darted blouse with short cuffed sleeves, covered buttons and a pleated dirndl skirt. The skirt is pleated to fit the waist, with a metal side zipper to close. 

Label: none

Size: Blouse:  Bust: 37”, Waist: 30”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeve: 6”, CB Neck to Waist: 16” Neck  to Hem: 20.5”. 
Skirt: Waist: 25“, Hips: full, Waist to Hem: 26.5”, Hem Sweep: 66”. 

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear. 
   
Price: $65
1950s Grey, Red and White Plaid Cotton Vintage Dress
Order #D2597
1950s Grey, Red and White Plaid Cotton Vintage Dress SZ S/M

This bright plaid in cherry red, grey and white has additional woven texture, too. The bodice has a shirt waist front with Mandarin collar large bias cut pockets and short, cuffed sleeves. The full skirt has wide box pleats. We show this with the white patent belt that came with it. I doubt is original.  There is a metal side zipper to close. 

Label: None

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 28”, Hips: full, Shoulders: 15” = 16”, CB Neck to Waist: 16.25”, Waist to Hem: 26” + 3” hem, Hem Sweep: 74”.  

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear. The belt buckle has some scuffs as shown. 
   
Price: $55  
1950s Navy, White, Gold and Rust Plaid Cotton Vintage Dress
Order #D2594
1950s Navy, White, Gold and Rust Plaid Cotton Vintage Dress SZ S/M

This sweet navy blue gold, rust and white plaid cotton shirtwaist dress with full length button closure has a round collar, darted bodice, and elbow length cuffed sleeves. The full skirt has knife pleats. Plus, a square breast pocket.   

Label: The Spectator

Size: Bust: 39”, Waist: 26”, Hips: full, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 10”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.75”, Waist to Hem: 26”. Hem Sweep: 98”. 

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear.
   
Price: $55  
1950s Blue, Rust and Grey Plaid Cotton Vintage Dress
Order #D2600
1950s Blue, Rust and Grey Plaid Cotton Vintage Dress SZ S/M

This day plaid dress has a variety of treatments to add interest form the plaid. First, the bodice has vertical rows of deep tucks that eliminate the vertical lines of the plaid and give the front bodice horizontal stripes. Then the wide revere collar is cut to have bias lines at the front, and the front skirt is pleated to repeat the tucked effect of the top. And then – those tucked side front swagged pockets! Major statement, there. The belt is original. And the dress buttons neck to hem. 

Label: Adrian Tabin

Size: Bust: 38”, Waist: 28”, Hips: 42”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 9”, CB Neck to Waist: 16.5”, Waist to Hem: 24” + 3/75” hem, Hem Sweep: 53”. 

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear. One small hole next to a button above the front hem as shown. 

Price: $55  
1950s Rust Cotton Vintage Shirtwaist Dress
Order #D2596
1950s Rust Cotton Vintage Shirtwaist Dress SZ S/M

This cotton day dress is in a shirtwaist style with brass tone metal buttons. The cap sleeves are cut in one over shoulder pads, while the shawl collar and front overlap are edged with cream rick rack. The top has waist tucks, while the dirndl skirt has plates. The skirt has two horizontal seams, again trimmed with the rickrack. The belt is missing. 

Label: Fashioned at Tailor Town

Size: Bust: 38”, Waist: 26.5”, Hips: full, Shoulders: 15.75”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.5”, Waist to Hem: 25” + 4.25” hem. Hem Sweep 60”. 

Condition: Cleaned and ready to wear.

Price: $40   
1950s Vintage Black Crepe and Lace Wiggle Dress
Order #D2588
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 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
>1940s Vintage Floral Chiffon Evening Gown by Jane Engel
Order #D2587
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.

SOLD on Layaway Price: $125 
1950s Sequined Black Crepe Evening Gown and Capelet by Lucien LeLong SZ S
Order #ET100
1950s Sequined Black Crepe Evening Gown and Capelet by Lucien Lelong SZ S

This stunning dress and capelet come from the estate of Heide 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 neat, 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 wearable, 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 
1950s Blue and Green Print Vintage Silk Day Dress SZ S
Order #D2577
1950s Blue and Green Print Silk Day Dress SZ S
D2577
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 ta 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 with Crinoline and Veil
Order #AC210
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1950s New Look Lace Wedding Dress with 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 1979. 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 in 1979. 

Price: $250

 
Early 1920s Deep Cream Silk Satin and Art Deco Lace Vintage Dress
Order # D2581B
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Early 1920s Deep Cream Silk Satin and Art Deco Lace Vintage Dress
SZ S
 

This early 1920s dress has a fantastic Art Deco silk lace skirt overlay with a silk satin bodice and underskirt. The matching sleeve panels are attached to a silk slip type underbodice. The lace is embellished on the skirt with gathered roundels of silk ribbon and on the sleeves with ribbon edging. The outer bodice is a tabard style with open sides and soft tucks. The skirt is gathered. Plus! This has the boned pannier hoops occasionally seen in the early 20s skirts. Side closures with hooks and snaps. There was a sash at one time- there are still some snaps for it at the side. We will include the silk teddy that came with the dress. It has lovely tatting lace at the neckline and tucks at the front and back bust.

Label: none

Size: Dress: Bust: 34”, Low Waist: 31”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: 14”, Shoulder Neck to Waist: 18” Waist to Hem: 30”, Hem Sweep: Lining 49”, Lace 80” Teddy: Bust: 36”, Hips: 44”, Full Girth: 71”, Shoulder to Hem: 32”. Condition: Exterior is good, with a repair under the shoulder snaps that is hidden when fastened, a spot on the front bodice a shown. And two small holes where the sash was attached at the left side. The ribbon trim is deteriorating – there is shredding in several places. Plus, one spot and a hole as shown at the hem area of the lace skirt. The underskirt has a large, but very faint moisture ring type spot. This has been washed. The ribbon straps of the slip have losses and have been reinforced with silk. The attendant silk teddy has replacement straps, and a large hand sewn backing where the silk tore at the hem of the body where it snaps onto the crotch straps. There are holes are as shown. But as it appears to have been original with the dress, we will include it.

SOLD! 

1950s Multi Colored Print Silk Shirtwaist Vintage Dress
Order #D2413
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1950s Multi Colored Print Silk Shirtwaist Vintage Dress SZ S

This early 1950s shirtwaist dress is a 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
1950s Vintage Blue Velvet Party or Cocktail Dress SZ M
Order #D2581
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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
Vintage 1950s Coffee, Black and White Woven Striped Dress SZ M
Order #D2580 
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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
1950s Vintage Black Moirι Dinner or Party Dress
Order #D2586
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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 1930s Print Silk Chiffon Day Dress in Yellows, Red & Lavender
Order #D2570B
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Vintage 1930s Print Silk Chiffon Day Dress in Yellows, Red & Lavender
SZ S/M

The 1930s brought us the prettiest, softest chiffon dresses. This one has a charming floral pattern in red, aqua and lavender on a soft yellow ground. The dress has a caped collar with small ruffled edge, an easy fit waist, and a tired skirt. The top circular flounce is set on with a scalloped seam. The longer tier is full and softly gathered.   There are crocheted belt loops on the side, no belt. No closures. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 40”, Shoulders: 14”, Shoulder to Waist: 15.5”, Shoulder to Hem: 45”, Hem Sweep: 196”

Condition: No Spots or stain, no holes. The sash is missing. A ribbon would be lovely.

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

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

Label: none

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

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

Price: $85
 Vintage Late 1930s Black Crepe Evening Dress with Gold Sequins SZ M
Order #D2568
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Vintage Late 1930s Black Crepe Evening Dress with Gold Sequins SZ M

This very late 1930s to early 1940s dress is a beauty in black crepe with a sweetheart neckline, fitted body and dropped waist seam. The skirt is gored with a tulip flare at the hem. But what you are looking at is the cascade of gold sequined and glass beaded appliquιs down the shirred bust to about knee length. Very effective. This is a nightclub performance dress if ever I saw one. These are fabric appliquιs with sequins and beads, and the fabric matches the dress crepe. These are all hand sewn onto the gown. The side closes with a metal zipper.

Label:none

Size:Dress: Bust: 38”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 38”, Shoulder to Waist: 16.5”, Shoulder to Hem: 62”, Hem Sweep: 138”.

Condition: no spots or stains. As mentioned the appliquιs are all hand sewn on.

Price: $165
1940s Vintage Eisenberg & Sons Beaded and Sequined Crepe Dress
Order #D2559
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1940s Vintage Eisenberg & Sons Beaded and Sequined Crepe Dress SZ S

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

Label: Eisenberg and Sons Original

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

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

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1940s Vintage Yellow Cotton Floral Rose Print Evening Dress
Order #D2558
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1940s Vintage Yellow Cotton Floral Rose Print Evening Dress SZ XS

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

Label: none

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

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

Price: $125
 1950s Vintage White Shirtwaist Dress by Dorothy Hubbs
Order #D2565
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1950s Vintage White Shirtwaist Dress by Dorothy Hubbs SZ S

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

Label: Dorothy Hubbs Originals

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

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

Price: $65
1970 Vintage Abstract Printed Silk Twill Dress by B.H. Wragge
Order #D2546
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1970 Vintage Abstract Printed Silk Twill Dress by B.H. Wragge Sz S/M

I adore that Wragge actually dated their label. This 1970 dress is a marvelous , bold print in orange, yellow, aqua, rose and fuchsia. The style is simple - open shirt style collar, Ύ flare sleeves and tent silhouette. This is beautifully made, with a silk lining, handset metal zipper and hand sewn hem. And side pockets, too! Wragge made good quality ready to wear for the younger American market. And did it well.

Label: BH Wragge 70

Size: Bust: 36”, Waist: 34”, Hips: 40”, Shoulders: 15”, Sleeves: 20”, CB Neck to Hem: 38.5”, Sweep: 50”.

Condition: Excellent but for one stain as shown at left side back low waist.

Price: $100
1950s Vintage Black, Pink &Turquoise Atomic Print Dress
Order #D2540
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1950s Vintage Black, Pink &Turquoise Atomic Print Dress SZ S

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

Label: none

Condition: soil and fade on the interior neck facing. Belt shown is not included and 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
Order #D2544
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1950s Vintage Blue Roses Organza Print Dress SZ S

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

Label: Carol Craig New York and ILGWU 1955 - 1963

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

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

Price: $69
Vintage 1960s Mod Black and White Rayon Summer Maternity Dress
Order #D2531
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Vintage 1960s Mod Black and White Rayon Summer Maternity Dress SZ S-M

The perfect maternity dress for the vintage dress lover. This is a black and white dress - seamed fabrics, not print - with diagonal lines and a solid black back. There is a sweet bow on the right side. The sleeveless cut and wide neckline make it great for summer. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: Jamι Girl by Maternity Exclusives. 65% Rayon 35% Acetate

Condition: exterior is excellent, no spots, stains, wear or holes.

Size: Labeled a SZ 11. Bust: 38”, Waist: 39”, Shoulders: 14.5”, Hips: 40: CB Neck to Hem: 33.5”, Hem Sweep: 42"

Price: $60
1950s Vintage Cream Lace and Chiffon Party Dress
Order #D2533
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1950s Vintage Cream Lace and Chiffon Party Dress SZ S

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

Label: Velma’s Miami Beach Long Island

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

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

Price: $93
1960s Vintage Beaded Wool Tweed Top & Skirt Set
Order #D2532
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1960s Vintage Beaded Wool Tweed Top & Skirt Set SZ S/M

This 1960s top and skirt set has a great pocket detail plus it’s very nice black and white wool tweed. The skirt is a straight cut with side metal zipper. The top is sleeveless and V necked with a CB metal zip. As to those pockets: each is covered with black glass beaded braid with loads of drops. There’s a lot of movement here! Neat detail

Label: Arbe and ILGWU 1964 - 1974

Size: Both pieces labeled a 14. Bust: 40”, Waist: 33”, Hips: 40”, CB Neck to Waist: 17“,Neck to Hem: 22”
Skirt: Waist: 26”, Hips: 42”, Waist to Hem: 23”, Hem Sweep: 44"

Condition: Excellent, No holes, spots or stains.

Price: $55
1950s Navy Blue Silk Satin Vintage Dress by Maurice Rentner
Order #MB574
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1950s Navy Blue Silk Satin Vintage Dress by Maurice Rentner SZ M

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

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

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

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

Price: $125
1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress
Order #D2522
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1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress SZ M

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

Label: McArthur Ltd & ILGWU 1955 - 64 label

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

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

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

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

Label: none

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

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

Price: $75


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