Here is a fabulous vintage early 1950s fitted dress that has a drop waist and circle skirt. The color of this fitted dress is Cardinal Red and the material is a cotton/rayon blend. A very striking element of this dress is the lovely contrast afforded by the jet black trim that is made to resemble tatted lace with braid and a slim center band of black velvet in between. The fitted sleeves are elbow length and at the bottom there is the same cream faille material as is used in the collar and trimmed with the black braid. The cream colored faille rounded Mandarin Style collar is surrounded by the braid trim. The bodice of this dress if very tailored and has two seams that run from the bust area to the trim at the drop waist. There are also two similar seams on the back of the bodice. There are very small pads in each shoulder. The skirt is full but does have nice pleats just under the braid at the drop waist front and back for a fitted hip area. There is a metal zipper closure at the back of the dress with a metal hook and woven thread loop at top of the zipper opening in the inner collar. Some inner seams are finished by pinked edge and some are plain seamed. And, there are some unfinished seams that will be apparent in the photos of the inside of the dress. The bottom hem is finished with tape.
The outer red material has a nice bit of soft sheen and crisp feel to it. It’s more of an Autumn or Winter weight material, I would say. And, you may notice from the photo of the inside of the dress, it appears to have a black lining. This is not a separate lining but actually is woven into the material. I put a question out to my fellow members of Vintage Fashion Guild to see what there thoughts were regarding the type of material this dress is made from. After some discussion, I decided to list it as a cotton/rayon blend because fo the way the material appears and reacted to a burn test.
Condition: Very Good
This dress is really in great condition with no holes or staining in the outer red material. The only issue to note is the slight mellowing of the white faille material that is used in the collar and sleeves. It was once white and is now “mellowed” to a lovely cream material. This is more noticeable on the inner collar and can be seen in the photos of the label. This dress was apparently well cared for and stored well over the decades since it was first purchased.
Label: Parklane Juniors Original
There is no size in this dress, but please note that it was originally made under a label for “Juniors”. That would mean that the dress was targeted to fit a young high school or college age woman. By today’s size standards, I would say that this dress would be approximately size 6, but as always, please refer to the Measurements given below to make sure that you will get a proper fit. It is a small dress and it is fitted.
Taken with the dress laid out flat and zippered zipped closed.
Waist Area: 26”
Hip Area: 36”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 14”
Neck Opening: 12”
Outer Sleeve From Shoulder Seam to Bottom Opening: 16 1/2”
Inner Sleeve: 10 1/2"
Sleeve Opening: 9”
From Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 45”
Total Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 127”
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA).
Vintage 1950s Parklane Juniors Red Dress Drop Waist Circle Skirt