This A-Line dress with matching short jacket is what is commonly referred to as a "Mother of the Bride" outfit! Made from Silk Dupioni this ensemble was originally sold at Nachman's, once noted to be the third largest department store in Virginia. Located on 32nd. St. and Washington Avenue, it was founded by Sol Nachman in 1894 and offered a variety fine quality items for it's loyal customers. As a child, I remember the large portraits of the owners, Sol and Ida Nachman, that hung in the Newport News store. It was always such a treat to go to this fine department store where many ladies found their fashions for special occasions, including weddings and parties! Sadly, this downtown Newport News landmark was sold in 1972 and finally closed the doors to it's first store on Washington Avenue in 1975..... the end of an era for local shoppers. The dress to this two piece outfit is an A-Line. It is sleeveless and has squared off armhole openings which give a somewhat unique look to the dress. Darts at the bustline and seams that run from the armhole to the hemline both front and back give this dress a nice shape. The rounded neckline is encrusted with Aurora Borealis rhinestones and faux Baroque pearls for a truly regal V-Neckline effect. These faux jewels extend to the back of the neckline and there are two hook and eye closures at the back neckline. No jewelry is necessary with this dress....your bling is built in! There is a nylon zipper closure at the back of the dress and the dress is fully lined. As for the jacket, it does have a V-Neckline (no collar) and long sleeves. There are four cloth covered buttons with well finished button holes.....also, a hook and eye closure at the top and bottom of the jacket. The jacket is fully lined and has darts at the bustline and seams which almost resemble princess seams front and back. There are darts at the elbow area of each sleeve of the jacket and at the shoulder area on each side of the back of the jacket. The seams in the dress and jacket help to give a nice tailored look to the entire outfit. Add short white gloves, a chic pillbox hat and off white pumps and this lady is ready to make her entrance!
Condition: Very Good
There is the very faintest bit of wear on the inner front neckline, not noticeable at all to the front of the neckline....I promise you will only notice the jewels at this neckline! And, as shown in the photos, there is a streak across the back of the dress which most likely can be removed by a professional dry cleaners. Also, there is the slightest bit of soil at the very bottom of the hemline that is in the fold of the hemline....you have to pull the hem open at the bottom of the dress to see this. You have to work to see this issue....not visible when the dress is being worn. Just to be on the safe side, the buttons may need to be stitched again to guard against loss. The rhinestones are still bright and sparkly and the pearls are in good condition, though they may have had a little more lustre in years past....but still a very lovely bit of detail to a classic dress.
Label: Nachman's, Newport News
Size: Tag in dress says 14, but, according to today's standards, I would have to say this dress is more a size 8-10.
Armhole Opening: 20"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 37"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 47"
Inner Sleeve: 15 ½"
Shoulder to Cuff: 22 ½"
Circumference of Opening at Cuff: 11"
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 22"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16 ½"
Circumference of Bottom Hem at Hipline: 44"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).
Item ID: 302
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