Black cocktail dress and matching jacket with the substantial feel and figure-flattering lines of skillfully crafted, made to last, mid-century clothing.
The dress's curve-enhancing, princess-seamed bodice extends upward on either side to form the nonadjustable halter neck. Glass beads are handsewn at the sweetheart neckline. Boning at bodice back, small hip pleats below waist seam, pinked seams, metal Conmar side zip with top hook&eye.
The jacket is even more glorious, with a no-waist seam peplum that gets its iconic, slightly belled shape from its internal construction. More sparkly beading around the entire modified-shawl collar. Bracelet length sleeves have elbow darts and notched, turned-back cuffs. Yummy bound buttonholes. Typically soft, slightly puffed and padded shoulders extend out from narrow shoulder seams to complete the New Look silhouette. Superlative.
From the late 1940s or early 1950s, and the living estate of Mary S.
Labels: none - looks to be home sewn with skill and care
Fiber/Care: unmarked, fabric feels like an acetate blend with a slight sheen and subtle faille-like stripe, dry-clean
Condition: the skirt has been let out a smidge at both side seams. there are small repairs at the bottom of those seams, just above the small slits at either side above the hem. there are a few small roughened areas (see photos), very slight underarm whitening (may lift, but we can't be sure). one bead dropped off (we can't figure out where from, but will include it), belt is missing (our too-wide replacement is not included)
*This dress came to us from a personal friend. It had been cleaned before storing.*
~ dress not clipped on model or mannequin, but mannequin bust padded to fill out the bodice ~
(live model - b: 35.5"/90cm 32D bra, w: 27"/68.5cm, h: 36.5"/92.5cm;
Lola the mannequin - b: 32"/81.25cm, w: 24.5"/62cm, h: 35"/89cm)
bust: 32"/81.25cm plus additional room
for breasts (at least 3-4"/7.5-10cm) from seams
hips (9" below waist): 38.5"/97.75cm
skirt: 28"/71cm from waist seam to hem
length (on side seam from
underarm to hem): 35"/89cm
bust: 34"/86.25cm plus room from seams
length (shoulder to hem on front): 22"/55.5cm)
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(BDV SKU: 00442-001)
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