Vintage late 1940s dress is an eyeful of babe. I've never seen a cut quite like this, and the bold print only emphasizes the drama of it. The bodice is bias cut, draping to a fitted natural waist, then curving low and a modified basque line. The neckline is wide, the sleeves short with gussets for mobility. The skirt is perhaps best appreciated in photos, and it's clear how sexy this will be on a human body, with the skirt draped in close to your legs. The gathered skirt literally blooms away from the dropped waistline at each side of the hips, creating an extreme hourglass shape that is also effortlessly light. The bodice uses a single rose on the back left shoulder, but the skirt is cut with a half dozen of them - three on each side. The dress closes up the mid back with a metal zipper, which does not reach the top of the rear neckline.
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Condition: Good, as is, with repairs.
This dress wears and displays beautifully. It's such high impact. I bought this online myself, though, and the previous seller neglected to mention the repairs they had made to it. I am selling it for the price I paid. Both shoulders have a sturdy but lightweight fusible backing, securing broken silk near the shoulder seam, and along the neckline at the left. There was a small hole in the bodice about 1/8" by 3/8" that I used self fabric, and a lightweight fusible knit to repair. These flaws are carefully photographed and are the last images in this listing. There's some mild darkening at the underarms, but it doesn't stand out with this busy print. I've hand washed the dress, and found no futher issues with dry rot at all. A stunning piece for high impact entrances and exits.