This is a wonderful 1950s vintage dress made of lightweight black wool, decorated overall with silver toned faceted metal studs. It has a sweetheart shaped neckline, raglan type mid-forearm length sleeves, and has a constructed cut with an accented waistline. The dress closes at the side with a metal zipper and is unlined. It has a mid-calf length
Label: Jerry Gilden Spectator. Jerry Gilden was a moderately priced manufacturer, founded by Gilden in 1945. He employed two designers - a lady named Giselle, who passed away in 1952, and who was succeeded by Sayde Weinberg. Both of these ladies were responsible for Gilden’s popularity - Gilden became one of the top 5 producers in the US by the mid-50s, producing over a million dresses per year. Jerry Gilden closed its doors in 1960. (information courtesy of Lizzie Bramlett, the VFG label resource and Theresa of the Vintage Style Files blog)
Sizing: No size is indicated, but this should fit a medium to large size, someone with a “bombshell” figure - please rely on the following measurements for fit:
Shoulder and sleeve: 19 1/2” from edge of neckline to sleeve cuff
Sleeve inseam: 13”
Bust: 40” around, taken under the arms, at the dart seams
Waist: 29” around, meant to be cinched with belt
Overall length: 46"
Condition: It is in very good condition with no wear, tear, stains or odor. This dress looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years.
This is a wonderful example of 1950s American fashion - sophisticated style, gorgeous on the right figure, sure to be noticed!
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