This vintage Chantilly Lace dress has the original sales tags still in tact and the seller gave the exact date she purchased it as 1959! The style is typical of this period so I tend to believe that this date is very accurate. A V-neckline and elbow length sleeves give an air of evening elegance to this wonderful dress and it would look marvelous with a pair white gloves of any length, but especially longer elbow length gloves. There are no defined seams at the shoulders. The waist is fitted and has a generous red satin band and beautiful buckled bow detail at the front just under the figure molding bodice(darts in the front and back of the bodice). The previous owner had placed a gorgeous clear rhinestone brooch in the middle of the buckled bow and I have left it as found.....this attractive brooch will be included in the purchase of the dress! The waistband goes slightly upward on each side of the dress and peaks just under the underarm area. The skirt is a full circular skirt and can certainly be poofed out even more with a larger crinoline if so desired.....the original red net crinoline is attached at the waistline with safety pins under the skirt of the dress......again, left as found. This dress is made from red acetate taffeta (underskirt, bodice and sleeves) and completely covered with a layer of brilliant red nylon Chantilly Lace. There is a metal zipper closure at the back of the dress with a hook and eye at the top of the zipper. The inner seams of this dress are NOT finely finished as you may see in more expensive garments of the day and you will see lots of edges left completely unfinished on the inside of the dress. This does not detract from this fabulous brilliant red dress....just wanted the buyer to know this before purchasing. This dress was not inexpensive in 1959 as the original tag gives the price as $19.98 and the average price for a formal in 1959 most likely would have been around $15.98! Of course, it goes without saying that the color of this great vintage party dress totally lends itself to any Christmas party and it can be worn again for Valentines Day affairs!
******Please note that the Rhinestone Brooch on the belt does go with the dress and is included with the purchase, but the Rhinestone necklace shown with the dress is NOT included with the purchase and is for display purposes only.
This dress appears to have been unworned (Deadstock), but does have several scuff marks on the satin waistband....several on the front right side and one on the left back side. These could be shop worn issues that occurred while the dress was on display in a store. There are some pressure marks on the material which covers the buckle. As previously mentioned , there are unfinished edges on most of the inner seems. I have tried to check the lace as carefully as I could for tears or pulls, and have not detected any.....same goes for the net crinoline. If there are any, they are very slight and will never be noticed by anyone when the dress is being worn! None of these issues take away from this special find.
No maker's label is present. There is a Union Label sewn into an inner seem of the acetate taffeta skirt.
The original paper tags are attached to the right sleeve and give the contents of the materials as Nylon & Acetate and a green style tag gives the size as 13/14. There is a size tag on the crinoline (13) and a paper label attached to the back of the inner bodice which reads 13 and there are some other numbers present, but are faded with time.
This dress by today's standards would most likely be a Size 8......definitely not a 13/14. The bodice is fitted and the dress is a smaller size, but as always, I ask you to refer to the Measurements below to assure a proper fit.
Shoulder to Shoulder (Approximate because of no seams at shoulders): 16 ½"
Shoulder to Bottom of Waist Line: 17 ½"
Inner Arm: 7"
Circumference of Arm Opening: 12"
Skirt To Bottom Hemline: 28"
Total Circumference of Inner Acetate Taffeta Underskirt:87"
Total Circumference of Nylon Chantilly Lace Overskirt:97"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).