40s/50s New Look Party Dress - sm

SKU: 00362-005

Wow! Late 1940s or early 1950s New Look party dress is perfection in black velvet atop silk organza. Bodice has a face-framing, wide-set roll neck that continues into a deep, open V at back. Kimono-cut short sleeves. Acetate lining at top bodice only. Nipped waist with notched peplum. Seams provide shaping front and back. Semi-sheer, full-circle skirt is flat beneath the peplum to flatter the hips, then pleats and a super-soft built-in crinoline create fullness (we show it with and without an additional crinoline, not included). Three bands of silver metallic stripe add subtle shimmer. Metal Lucky back zip with hooks&eyes at top and waist. Just exquisite. From the Shields estate.

Labels: none - looks to be home sewn with skill and a whole lot of work

Fiber/Care: unmarked, feels like silk velvet and organza with metallic, dry-clean

Condition: there are two repairs at back right (see photos), there are a few areas of very minor discoloration on the velvet, the zipper is a bit sticky

*This dress has been professionally dry-cleaned and is ready to wear.*

Garment Measurements:
~ For best fit, your body should be a bit smaller than these measurements ~
 bust: 35"/89cm plus seams
  (Bebe is 35" around, and it fits her fine)
 bodice: 16"/40.5cm to waist seam,
  plus 3"/7.5cm peplum
  waist: 26"/66cm
  skirt length: 27"/68.5cm
  hem sweep: just shy of a full circle

Coordinates perfectly with this New Look black sinamay and velvet pancake hat, available here:

Our items are not newly manufactured "vintage style" pieces. They are true vintage, at least 20 years old. Please read condition report provided above.

Note to International Customers: Significant overages in shipping fees (where applicable) will be refunded. You are responsible for any taxes or import fees.

~ Proud member of the Vintage Fashion Guild ~ 


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