This great early 1970's evening gown (or Maxi-Dress) designed by the "Master Printer", Alfred Shaheen, exhibits his distinct flair for Hawaiian motifs....flowers in all their glory! The background material for the yellow rose print (accented with green leaves, blue and white paisley type border) is a very soft pastel yellow polyester material, which, is conveniently hand washable according the care label. A shirtwaist style dress with a V-Neckline and nice broad collar, long sleeves and long skirt give this dress a "dressy" appearance without being so formal. There is an opening in the front which extends to the bottom of the long skirt and closes with ten small round fabric covered buttons. There is also a hook and eye closure at the front of the dress at the middle of the waistline. The bodice is fitted with darts at the bustline and two seams on the front ( the one seam on the front left has slightly "stressed" stitches at the very bottom of the seam) and back of the bodice. The design is generously displayed at the cuff on the bottom of each long slightly full sleeve, as well as on the skirt, both on the front and the back. The belt is a fabric covered board (fabric has the same lovely design pattern that is present at the bottom hemline and cuffs of the dress) belt (somewhat stiff) and it has a two hook closure which is adjustable (three sets of round openings to hook into). The bodice and skirt are fully lined with a soft yellow synthetic material....the sleeves are not lined and are made of a shear material and close at the wrist with two fabric covered buttons. The entire dress is made from a material that is not smooth, but grained horizontally with a material which is intended to resemble shantung silk. Very feminine and tropical!
Condition: Very Good
I have detected several very faint stains on the dress....mostly on the skirt. Good news here is that I really believe with a good gentle hand washing, they would disappear completely! As is often the case with this type of material, there are several minor pulls that are not badly noticeable at all. The beauty of the material used, which stated previously is not totally smooth, is that it does not show these pulls as much as if the fabric was smooth and these small issues are difficult to view in photographs. I believe this dress could have been shortened....when you look at the inside hemline, you can see evidence of this. The belt has several creases in the board that is fabric covered. When being worn, this is totally undetectable.
Label: Alfred Shaheen, California, Hawaii ("Shaheen" is incorporated into the print on the front bottom of the skirt, as well as on the back bottom of the skirt.)
Made in USA, 91% Polyester, 9% Nylon, Style 594-16
Hand Wash Only, Do not dry clean, Mild soap, Warm water, No cold water, soaps or bleach, Do not soak, Drip Dry, Cool Iron
Size: 10, but I would say by today's standard's most likely a generous size 8. But, please refer to the measurements.
Hip: Approximately 48" (allow for the slightly gathered skirt at the waistline)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"
Inner Sleeve: 17"
Outer Sleeve: 22 ½"
Circumference of Wrist Opening Measured with Buttons Fastened: 8"
Shoulder to Waist: 16 ½"
Waist to Bottom Hemline: 39"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 66"
Belt Width: 2 1/2" Length: 32 1/2"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).