High-quality dress with glimmer and shine to spare. Beautifully textured metallic fabric in a pattern that reminds us of criss-crossed bamboo. Roll-over neck extends to ties at back. Figure-flattering shirring at bodice. Shift ends in large hem of bias-cut self-fabric. Gorgeous coordinating belt of textured patent faux leather with elongated gold metal buckle. Fully lined. Union made in the U.S.A. in the 1960s. From the living estate of our friend, Mary S.
Labels: only the 1963-'74 ILGWU tag and a size/style tag remain, but WPL#3395 tells us the manufacturer was Don-Ell Fashions Inc., which appears to have been in business from at least the early 1950s through the 1970s. Here are some of their advertisements from the 1950s:
top photo courtesy Vintage303
Fiber/Care: unmarked, Lurex metallic on rayon or a blend, dry-clean
Condition: as is typical with metallics, you may find some loose Lurex strands popping up here and there (just snip them off, carefully. it will not diminish the gleam of this gorgeous dress).
*This dress came to us cleaned, fresh, and ready to wear.*
- labeled a vintage size 14, but please go by measurements below-
shoulders: 15.5"/39cm to seam, plus 1"/2.5cm of "cuff"
bust: 39.5"/100.25cm plus a bit of room from the gathers
waist: 38"/96.5cm maximum unbelted,
to cinch in as much as you like
length: 40.75"/103cm shoulder to hem on front
belt: .75"/2cm wide x 37"/94cm long,
buckle is 3.5"/8.5cm long
(BDV SKU: 00442-006)
☞ Our items are not newly manufactured "vintage style" pieces. They are true vintage, at least 20 years old. Please read condition report provided above. ☜
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