Here’s a great black rayon crepe sheath dress from the late 1950s with lots of super detailing including a lovely scalloped Trapunto neckline that’s highlighted by cutwork and beadwork not only visible on the front of the dress, but also on the back neckline as well. The dress has short cap sleeves that have an attractive little notch detail. An empire waist displays a faux belt with a slightly offset bow accentuated with the same sparkling glass beads that were used at the neckline. All of the beads are glass and resemble hematite… with a silvery sheen. The dress is lined with black acetate and there are two kick pleats on each side of the back of the dress. There are very small shoulder pads in each shoulder and this pretty vintage dress closes on the left side with a metal zipper. This vintage Grace Taylor Original looks quite sassy and chic with a bit of class!

Condition: Very Good

The inside of this dress, even though it is lined does have some visible raw edges on seams that might be seen in the photo of the inside of the dress. The beadwork is in good condition as well as the dress material which is black with just the tiniest bit of fading. I mention this because I’m very critical when it comes to descriptions, but most would never notice this at all. One last thing to note concerning the two small inner shoulder pads….some of the seams on the pads have opened a bit and the inner padding is exposed in several places. Certainly not a noticeable issue that will be seen from the outside of the dress. This dress has just recently been professionally dry cleaned and is ready to wear.

Label: A Grace Taylor Original

Lot 6, Size 12 1/2

Size: There is a Size Tag in this dress which states the size to be 12 1/2 but I will tell you that by today’s standards it is not this stated size but instead most likely a small size 8. Please refer to the Measurements given below to make sure you get a proper fit.


Bust: 34”

Waist Taken at Natural Waist: 30”

Hip: 36”

Shoulder to Shoulder (No defined shoulder seams): Approximately 15”

Circumference of Arm Opening: 14”

Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 43 ½”

Circumference of Bottom Hemline Not allowing for Kickpleats: 45”

This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).


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Vintage 1950s Grace Taylor Original Black Dress Bead Detail

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