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1950's Period, U.S., Commerically Made, Pink and Silver Color, Woman's, Long Length, Cocktail Dress, with Extras
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This long length, cocktail dress is believed to be of the 1950's period, but we leave that final determination to the buyer. This dress is untagged inside, but is believed to be of U.S. origin. The halter top is indicative of womens "chick" style(s) of the 1950's period. The pink and silver (is it lame?) material is also a popular 1950's fashion trend. This cocktail dress is heavily gored throughout it's waist line area giving this long dress quite a beautiful hip flaring appearance. It's bust line seams are also quite magnificently curved inward at the breasts, just as you would expect to find on a garment that was to exude some sex appeal to the opposite sex. The halter top just adds magnificently to it's sexy look as well. This dress is straight but at the hem, and which has about 3 inches of inside material left to spare if one wants to lengthen its hem length some more. It is back zippered with a proper all-metal, "Talon" brand, pink color zipper. There are also some back hooks as well. There are no hem line slits cut into the dress hem, which is a shame for leg lovers! This cocktail dress has a matching material, removable waist belt with matching cloth covered, metal buckle. Overall the dress is probably in a small/medium size range. But as always, all of our garments are being sold for historical pruposes only, and not to wear. In this case this dress could probably still be worn as it is constructed out of very durable material, but that is the buyer's decision. In looking over this cocktail dress we could find no defects which would mean that we could rate it in the MINT CONDITION category. However, we always prefer to under-rate our condition quality observations so that if we ever err, it is to the buyer's advantage. Thus we very conservatively rate this ensemble in the HIGH EXCELLENT CONDITION-------WOW!
This dress came from the same source as for item U682, however, it did not come from the same estate sale. To help complete this dress we have added a 2nd item of a magnificent pair of high heeled, soft pink color pumps. They have 3 3/4 inch high heels and are in the usual, small size range. They were made by "Delmanette", and are of the very expensive, all-leather construction. They are in fantastic shape, so we rate them in EXCELLENT CONDITION. If they fit any of us here we would never have put them up for sale as they are really sexy. The 3rd item included is a pair of MINT CONDITION, taupe color, thigh high, full fashioned, seamed stockings. They have no manufacturer's logo. They have the proper "key hole" in the top welt, and full length seam, with both hand knitting needle mark lines found running in parallel to the main seam. There is also the really sexy toe and heel, hand knitting, reduction mark lines that were so coveted by the "knowing" girls of the 50's, who really appreciated the details of finely coutured stockings. The taupe color, which is kinda like a mid-brown color, goes just perfectly with the color of this great looking cocktail dress, and they make a very sexy duo indeed. These stockings come with the top half of an original period stocking box, with lining paper. The box is marked: "* Star Full Fashioned* Hosiery, Made Of Dupont NYLON". Since the stockings are unmarked we do not know if they came from this same box brand or not.....and we are stocking experts when it comes to such details.
The 4th item(s) included are a nice pair of women's, 1950's period, "cat's eye" style of eyeglasses. They include a blue color, leatherette case as well and both rate in EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION. The glasses are of the bi-focal style, and are marked "American Optical". There are also a few other tiny markings found, that are the norm on such pieces. But you will hafta know just were to look for them as these markings are of a very small size. The blue color leatherette case is unmarked. The "cat's eye" style of these glasses goes just perfectly with this cocktail dress as both are of the same period. However, somewhat incongruously, we have added a heavy, long line girdle (or "corset"), with garters. This girdle is in the salmon-pinkish color which hides well under the cocktail dress. This girdle is in VERY GOOD CONDITION, with the usual tiny snags, stains, repairs, etc. It is of the 6 garter style, and all of the garters are of the proper construction for the period. This girdle is the only one that we have ever seen (and boy....have we seen a great many over the years of collecting them), that is manufactured more like a military booby-trap then a woman's girdle. It has more adjustments built into it then is imaginable. This makes it quite a rare piece for the discerning collector. There is a bevo style "Dora Miles, Branford, Conn., Custom fitted, Cotton And Rayon" brand of a cloth tage found sewn in at the hem. And now we get to the really cool part-----on the back side of the bevo tag are some patent numbers of "2,080,240" and "2,367,675", which we believe are for the years 1937 and 1945 respectively! It is amazingly rare to find such tags with so much valuable information on them these days. It would take the likes of a Harry Houdini to get a woman peeled out of this complicated girdle/corset contraption, due to it's many built-in adjustments........but then again......I bet that the woman wearing it really looked good in the peeling process!
Comments from the Curator:
This cocktail dress is impossible to improve upon. This grouping is as good as it will ever get for any collector. I can find nothing to say negatively about this dress, as it is just that good. We had a yound lady try it on for us a while ago, and was it ever a beautiful sight! Yes, the girdle may be a bit too "retro" for such a 1950's dress that was made for a trim woman. But if the gal needed a bit of sucking-in or tucking at the tummy/waist, then such a girdle/corset was just the right ticket. If you can beat this grouping then let me know as perfection is hard to come by these days. Priced according to popularity AND rarity.
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