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A rare style coming from the 1940's to early 1950's. Fabric is a very sheer white nylon blend. Bodice is smocked running down to the hip area where the skirt becomes full, crystal pleated. Collarless and sleeveless with a side metal zipper and a back neck keyhole opening.
Very small in size with no give to the fabric. Bust is 38, waist is 27, bodice length 18, hips are 65+, skirt length 24 and hem circumference is 125 inches.
Very delicate condition. There are some holes, especially a small cluster near the hem and a very areas that have age darkening. It has been given a gentle handsoak and I think it is as clean as it can get. This is probably something for a collector more than something to wear.
Label is Henry Rosenfeld.
The following information is provided courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource.
Henry Rosenfeld was a budget label starting in 1942. The dresses were well cut and simply tailored, which gave them an expensive look. His spare, casual dress styles, priced from $8.95 to $25, swept the country in the 1940's. During his heyday, he was called the Henry Ford of the dress business, as well as the Christian Dior from the Bronx. Represented Good Value In 1945 Rosenfeld grossed $8,000,000 on sales of 2,000,000 dresses to 12,000 stores, including Lord & Taylor. His signature symbol was a red rose, which was found on the hang tags of his dresses. Because he did not want anyone else to run it, he liquidated his company in 1964.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: white, Size: XS
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Vintage 1940s Dress Sheer White Smocked and Crystal Pleated by Henry Rosenfeld Sz XS
$14 USD SOLD
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