This is a gorgeous black velvet party dress, beautifully decorated with crystal beading around the neckline, the edge of the low cut back and on the cuffs of the sleeves. The dress has small thin pads in the shoulders, above the wrist length sleeves, a rounded high neckline, and, of course, the aforementioned spectacular low cut back! It is cut to follow the body contour and is made in a below the knee length. It does up with a nylon zipper at the back and has a short slit at the back hemline. It is unlined except for black satin fabric across the upper bodice. The velvet is very soft to the touch, either a silk velvet or an excellent quality rayon velvet.
Age: most likely early 1950s. There is no maker’s label, but I believe that this was seamstress made. The nylon zipper is probably a replacement, as nylon zippers, in general, were used only starting during the 60s.
Sizing: No size label is present, and although this should fit a medium size, please rely on the following measurements for fit:
Shoulders: 15” across from shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeves: 21” from the shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeve inseam: 16”
Bust: 34”-35” around
Waist: 28” around
Hips: 36” around,
Overall length: 41”, measured flat
Condition: It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odors - there may be some slight matting/marking to the velvet, but this is not pronounced. The shoulder pads are attached only on one side of each pad, so you might want to better secure them. This dress was well cared for and stored over the years.
This is a striking party dress with just the right combination of glitz and sophistication - sure to turn heads!
Vintage 1950s Beaded Black Velvet Cocktail Party Dress w Low Back