This is a rather sophisticated 1950s vintage party dress made of black taffeta with decorative black satin bow and trim. The dress is made with a bateau or “boat” neckline, raglan style 3/4 length sleeves and has a dropped waist defined by a black satin band with side bow. It is constructed with an accented waistline and a full skirt. The side of the skirt, below the bow, is made with the a box pleat with satin lined overflaps. The dress closes at the back with a Lightning metal zipper and is lined beneath the bodice with black acetate. The skirt is lined in black pellon and has a tulle support slip. The dress, because of the full skirt, might look good with a crinoline underneath it in order to create a 50s fashion effect, although, due to the dropped waist, looks perfect as is.
Label: No label, probably couturier made. This is very well made - the use of Lightning zipper indicates that it was most likely a Canadian couturier.
Material: Lightweight knit wool over acetate and pellon. Pellon is a non-woven paper based synthetic interfacing that was used in the 1950s to stiffen and support dress fabrics. If you want to dry clean the dress, you may have to remove it and then replace it as dry cleaning can disintegrate it.
Sizing: No size is indicated, but this should fit a medium size - please rely on the following measurements for fit:
Bust: 36” around, taken under the arms
Natural waistline: 25”-26” around
Overall length: 43"
Condition: It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odor. This dress looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years.
This is a wonderful 1950s era party dress - beautifully made with quality fabric in a sophisticated 50s style...sure to noticed!
Vintage 1950s Party Dress Black Wool and Satin Size Medium