If you want a dress which is truly vivacious and alive with color....look no further....this is it! This long evening dress is made from a beautiful quality slightly polished cotton material which exudes the most brilliant jewel tones ever.....bright orange, hot pink, lipstick red, emerald green, deep purple, rich turquoise and midnight black. The pattern of the print is decidedly modern with it's block and cube design. Most of the blocks are detailed with "spongings" of black giving the dress another layer of depth. The neckline is scooped (finished all the way round with fabric detail) and the waist is slightly elevated....not by much. There are nice fabric covered buttons at the front closure with fabric loops and again these same buttons and loops close the wrist openings. The wrist openings are beautifully detailed by not only these pretty buttons, but, also, by matching fabric with an attractive indention. The skirt is slightly full made possible by the gentle gathers at the waistline and there are two seams on each side of the front of the bodice which are stitched from the waistline to the bustline. These seams give the bodice a more fitted appearance. Another fine detail of this striking dress is that it is fully lined with a deep turquoise soft and supple nylon fabric. The final touch is a matching fabric covered belt, the back of which is covered with an ivory colored vinyl. There are turquoise string belt loops on each side of the dress to hold the belt in place. This dress has many details which are a testament to the overall quality of this garment.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Dynasty label, there is some information available on Vintage Fashion Guild's website. Their label information resource guide tells us that this label was actually established in 1953 and the original salon was in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong....which then was a British Crown Colony. The company's original designer, Dora Sanders, started making clothing from beautiful Asian silks for Americans traveling in Asia. Eventually, the company expanded and it's garments were sold by 600 stores in the United States. Sanders, through smart marketing tactics, offered exclusive rights to the Dynasty designs for six months to such high end department stores as I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor before selling them directly to their customers at their salon in Hong Kong. In 1964, a new designer, Urleene Chaplain, was brought on board. She began using materials other than the original fine silk that the early garments were made from. In 1966, an Italian designer, Patrick de Barentzen, joined the Dynasty design team, bringing even more diversity to the creations! It's always interesting to know a little of the history of the label that is sewn into the vintage dress that you will own.....just, in case, someone asks you who made such a gorgeous dress!
Condition: Very Good
I could find only one very small issue to note....on the back neckline, the fabric trim has been hand sewn and just a small segment ( one inch) of this (on the inside where it is totally unnoticeable unless you hunt for it) has come unstitched. This can easily be repaired if the new owner desires to do so. Other than that, I can find nothing. Overall, an exceptional find!
Label: Dynasty, Made in The British Crown Colony of Hong Kong
Also, there is a label which specifies the cleaning instructions for the dress.
Hipline (allowing for the fullness of the skirt): 50"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"
Sleeve Measured from Shoulder to Wrist: 23 ½"
Inner Sleeve: 17"
Wrist Opening: 9"
Shoulder to Waist: 17"
Waist to Bottom Hemline: 39"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 60"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).
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