From the 1950s here's a lovely quality dress - it reminds me a bit of Ceil Chapman design with the draping below the waist, the open panel swag skirt and the high wide neckline, very Marilynesque. The dress has 3/4 length sleeves and does up the back with a metal zipper. The dress is fully lined with gray rayon fabric. There are loops for a belt, but none is present - I'm sure that one could easily improvise something appropriate.
Manufacturer's label: Koupy Reg'd Model Made in England
Retailer's Label: Simpson's Salon Vendome. During the 50s and 60s, Canadian department stores would have a boutique within the store that carried higher end fashion, including haute couture, and catered to a wealthy clientele. The Salon Vendome at Simpson's was such a boutique within a store and its competitors in Montreal would have been the Ensemble Shop at Eaton's, Le Petit Salon at Dupuis Freres and the Fur Salon at Ogilvy's and Holt Renfrew.
Color: Deep teal blue
Material: Wool. This is a very fine wool with a smooth finish that I think may be cashmere, although there is no content label identifying it as such
Sizing: Size 12 is indicated - it should fit a medium to large size, but please rely on the following measurements for fit:
Shoulders: 16 1/2"
Sleeves: 17 1/2"
Sleeve inseam: 12 1/2"
Waist: 29" around uncinched
Overall length: 44" measured laying flat
It's in very good condition with no wear, tear, pulls, stains or odors - this dress looks like it saw little use and was well cared for over the years.
This is a beautiful quality dress.....beautiful fabric, expertly styled and a lovely understated color, not often seen.