Vintage 1940s cocktail dress in a superbly rich, plum purple rayon crepe, bound to turn some heads! I am ever so smitten with the color - the 40s did autumnal tones like almost no other era. The cut is quintessentially 40s, and the details are wonderfully textural. The neckline is a sheer purple lace, backed with a nude illusion mesh. Carnival glass beads embellish appliques made up of the lace, in the shape of flowers and long leaves. Pleats at the shoulder pair with darts at the waist to create drape over the bust. Each three quarter length sleeve has four darts to shape it perfectly to the curve of the elbow. The rayon drops with a sawtooth shape to the top of the hips, then the front of the skirt is covered by a layer of that same lace that accents the neckline. This beauty closes with metal zipper up the side, and another at the back of the neck. It still has its original self-fabric belt.
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Condition: Good plus, as is
This dress is clean and ready to wear. There is subtle, graduated fade throughout, a little more notably at the center back and on the sleeves, but general enough that the dress still wears very well. The fade is a bit brighter at the underarms. There is a small break in the lace at the far right of the neckline, hidden by the mesh backing, and one 1.25" split in the lace of the skirt, which if feel would stand out more obviously if repaired. The dress is sturdy and wears beautiful. I find no other issues to note