A truly special 1950s party dress by Claudia Young, a label that is always hard to resist. I think what I love most about this printed treasure is that it isn't pink, even though it FEELS like it is from a distance. The cotton is ribbed and the print is a wild black midcentury swirl on a mocha colored ground. While this was definitely originally strapless, someone in the era added velvety ribbon straps that flatter the velvet wings of the bust. You can remove or keep them -it wears beautifully either way. The bodice is made up of 8 bias cut panels, each turned so the ribs of the cotton meet as chevrons. This actually gives the bodice a little bit of flexibility in fit. The skirt is cut full, a true circle onto which two silk roses are appliqued, then outlined with sequins. The dress bodice is lined in acetate and the skirt has a starched organza lining. There's room for a large crinoline underneath. The dress closes with a sturdy metal zipper.
Bust: 33"-snug 35"
Label: Claudia Young
Material: Acetate lining,organza, cotton
Condition: Good plus,
This dress is clean and ready to wear. It has been washed in the past, and it seems clear the acetate lining caused dye travel that stained the tag and darkened the white areas of the roses - however, there's no uneven coloration to the cotton, except a little darkness at the underarms. The back of the skirt, however, has a few points of a faint blueish color transfer down along the center back seam area - these wouldn't be noticed when worn, but are photographed for clarity. I found one little pinhole in the front of the skirt. There are some sequins missing from the leaves of each rose. This dress wears beautifully, and is a high impact piece. It has been priced with mild imperfection taken into account.