I am dating this gorgeous dress to the 1940-1950 period. I have concluded this because the dress does have a side zipper made of metal. This dress came with the Saks label sewn to the back which I removed to clean the dress. I will send it along.
When I purchased the dress it was very soiled. I soaked it repeatedly and I was able to remove 98% of the soil and marks. There are some yellow areas on the French insertion lace, mainly in the lower skirt. Also, there are some holes in one shoulder area only. This dress is very stable and I believe wearable if the shoulder is fixed or replaced with new organdy. The organdy is a cream color. The dress has a taffeta lining with crinoline netting. The skirt portion is very full and dramatic as opposed to the bodice which is very fitted. The bodice extends to the hip area.
I purchased this dress to make a fantastic outfit for one of my french boudoir dolls, but after cleaning this, I felt I could not cut it up. It displays beautifully! I have not stored it hanging because of the delicate shoulders. This will need pressing or steaming. It is rumpled from storing.
The dress came with the long satin peach sash. I am certain this is original to the dress. It has been soaked as well and has some light tiny marks, but looks fantastic with the dress.
The waist area on this dress is tiny. In present sizes, I would say this is a size 2 or 0. The waist measures about 24 inches, so I would say it will fit a waist of less that 23 inches. It appears to be a normal length that should fall to the mid calf. This dress is a knock-out.
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