Autumn in the tropics! Absoutely on of my favorite finds this year, a vintage gown that is a not a rayon or silk - but a soft-handed wool jersey with tropical weight wool skirt. This dress is a bold high-fashion 40s piece that features peaked shoulders, and a long purple bodice with clinging silhouette that fits sleekly along the waist with shirring each side, and still fits close to top of the hips, and curve low at back to define the upper curve of the buttocks. The crisp wool of the skirt is lightweight and has a deeply saturated print of large, long stepped flowers in richly autumnal tones. Cream and pink and celadon for the lighter tones, then orange to deep dark crimson ombré, all on an iris blue background. The tiny pinch pleats at the top of the skirt create fullness and drape - the skirt has graceful movement. Elegant, dramatic and saturated, this rare beauty will put every eye on you. The dress closes with metal side zipper.
Label: None Present, possible custom made
Condition: Good minus, entirely wearable as is
This garment has been dry cleaned and is ready to wear. It looks fantastic on, I find only one teeny moth nibble in the gorgeous wool jersey of the bodice. The shirring on the right had fallen out in the past and is put back in by hand.The skirt has several groupings of moth chews, and scattered individual chews throughout. About 6" down from the center of the skirt, there is a small curved tear with frayed edges that I bonded closed with fusible interfacing. There's speckled spots along the right side and the hem. There's a small water spot at the mid front, another at the left hem and three at the back left side. This all makes it sound worse than it looks when worn - because of the business of the print, the brightness of the colors, and the folds and drape of the cut, these flaws are minimized and don't stand out. The dress has been priced with them in mind, as well its rarity and excellence of presentation. It wears beautifully.