From the early 50s era here's a dress influenced by the "New Look" style that was introduced by Christian Dior in 1947. The New Look was an attempt by Dior to offer the public something different, after the austerity experienced during WWII. Because use of fabric had been restricted during the war, Dior used yards of fabric to make a fuller skirt, and a woman's silhouette was emphasized by accenting the waist. This dress is made of silk taffeta with small "puckers" over the skirt made with the use of small metal rings. The bodice has a V shaped neckline with raglan cut mid-forearm length sleeves. The center of the bodice has a V shaped panel that forms two wide pleats at the shoulder. The skirt is cut long and full, like a circle skirt. The dress does up the side with a fine tooth brass metal zipper. There are two loops that would accommodate a belt, but no belt is provided. The dress is unlined. The dress came from the estate of a wealthy 106 year old woman, so, despite the missing label, I am confident that this was made by a very good maker.
The label has been removed - one can see where it had been stitched at the back of the neck
Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a large size, please note the following measurements for fit, taking into account the style of the dress:
Shoulders: 18" wide, from the ends of the pleats on the shoulders
Sleeves: 17" long from the shoulder pleat
Sleeve inseam: 15 1/2"
Bust: 36"-38" around, taken at the underarms, difficult to ascertain due to slight batwing shape of sleeve
Waist: 28" around
Hips: Full - 62" around, but meant to fall loosely
Hemline: 208" around - this is truly a fully cut skirt
This dress does have a few small condition problems. There is a pinhead sized hole and some picks to the fabric near the neckline, probably caused by wearing a pin (see last close-up photo). The damage looks worse than it is due to the extreme close-up and lighting of the photo. There is also one teensy hole in the skirt of the dress. It appears that the original owner may have sewn up the neckline somewhat, probably due to modesty. In addition, some of the "puckers" have become undone from the ring stud and there are about five rings missing from the upper back of the skirt, probably due to being sat on. Finally, there is a mend to the back of the right armpit, just off the seam (see second to last close-up photo). Despite the small problems, this is a still a gorgeous dress that with a bit of work will be perfect to wear.
This is a wonderful quality dress with attractive style - great New Look period piece.
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Vintage 1950s Black Silk Taffeta Dress - Ring Puckered Skirt - M