Vintage 1950s cocktail dress is a two tone frock, a fabulous garment in a black and white two tone I adore. Minx Modes are often very smart frocks, but the textiles in this surprised me, as it is rare to find cotton in a cocktail dress! The ivory base is a sturdy polished cotton, sleeveless, featuring a skirt made full with pleating at each side. The exterior is black nettted lace with flatting scalloped edges, which make up the wide straps, then fits over the dress with the appearance of a cocktail coat. The sleeves are short, and the neckline is a wide v trimmed with sheer brown cotton. The waistline is sleekly fitted. The skirt itself has a two part construction, with a center front piece that is separate from the outer shell that wraps around the front of the body. Gathered eyelet drapes around the hips and becomes a bold, asymmetric bustle bow at the back, which secures with snaps and hooks. This dress closes with a sturdy metal zipper up the back.
Label: Minx Modes
Material: Cotton Lace, Acetate
Condition: Good, as is
This dress is clean and ready to wear. Someone ironed on a truly horrible fringe trim at the hem that I removed. There is some dry residue of the fixative that I have colored with dye pens, that would never be seen when worn. The white has tanned a little with age, and there are a few tiny foxed marks in the bodice. It is sturdy. I find no other issues to note.