Shimmery vintage 1950s evening ensemble pairs a halter-backed, circle-skirted gold lamé dress and cropped bolero jacket.
The dress nips in under the surplice bodice to hug the torso before flaring out in 8 glorious, light-catching gores. Two modesty straps connect the straight cut back of the dress with the halter strap behind the neckline, and the dress closes with a side metal zipper. It is lined in brown satin in the bodice only. The 2” hem is finished with ribbon tape, and the seam allowances are oversewn with a machine straight stitch.
The short, kimono-sleeved jacket has a small wing collar and closes with 3 decorative buttons of gold-painted black plastic with a pretty floral molded design. It is shaped with vertical waist darts front and back, and self-faced so that the inside of the jacket looks as neatly finished as the exterior.
No labels; this was the handiwork of a professional local seamstress. (Please see my other listings for fabric as well as several sewn garments from the same estate). The heavyweight fabric appears to be a rayon and metallic weave.
Measurements are as follows: Dress bust to 36”, underbust (at bottom of bodice) 31”, bodice length (from shoulder seam to bottom seam) 14.5”, waist (measured 4” below bodice seam) 26”, hips 38” and overall length shoulder seam to hem 50.5”).
Jacket bust approx. 36”, shoulders approx. 15.5”, width across bottom 32”, and length (shoulder to hem) 15.5”.
Excellent condition. Only issue is that the zipper was sewn into the dress upside-down (perhaps explaining why it appears little to never used!) My seamstress has removed the piece of metal keeping the zipper from opening at the top (to permit entry into the dress), and then added a hook and eye to keep the dress from gapping there (see photos #3 & #4).
Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild