Vintage 1940s cocktail dress is one of kind, likely made at home by a skilled seamstress or custom made by a local dress maker. I believe the material is somewhat earlier than the dress itself, and so likely a wartime sacrifice of fine curtains or drapery for the purpose of a new dress. The color is a pale blue with lustrous silver lame throughout, making a very detailed and elegant floral motif. The dress is pieced very carefully, and uses the border patterned floral to perfection. There are four pleats at the neckline, echoed by four chevron darts below the waist. The shoulders are heavily padded, the sleeves full length with covered buttons at the fitted cuffs. This striking piece closes with a side metal zipper.
Label: None Present
Material: Rayon Crepe
Condition: Good, as is with noted flaws and repairs
This dress is clean and ready to wear. There is peachy hued fade at the front of each arm (there is more solid fabric at the front/underside of the arms than the back, which is heavily patterned) and some on the back, although it's largely concealed by the lamé. There are two frayed holes at the right underarm that I have patched with self-fabric from the internal selvage, and one thin spot at the left that I have similarly reinforced. There is mild fade to the skirt, and about eight spots on the skirt, five at front and three at back. One is darker than the others, the only one that really stands out, shown in photo #4, is about 1/4" diameter, at the mid right front. One button is missing from the top of the left cuff. I find no other issues to note! It is a very special and truly one of a kind piece, and flaws have been taken into account in the price.