1950s Edith Small Lace Rhinestone Dress

Rare Edith Small dress that is a beauty from the late 1940s, early 1950s and a testament to her skills as a dressmaker. Edith Small was perhaps not as well known as some of her contemporaries of the day but she produced well made pieces and used high end fabrics. This is a very wonderful example that would make a fantastic cocktail dress or evening a less formal wedding gown. It is constructed of a off-white lace that is on a net base and backed by silk crepe. Onto the lace are hundreds of hand applied paste rhinestones so the dress has a bit of glitter and glitz! The skirt is very full and cut on the bias so it actually skims over the hips and then flares out to all that wonderful fullness! The bodice is pure bombshell vixen - it has a shaped, boned halter with a deep scoop and the strap goes up and around the neck. The back is left quite bare. It is gorgeous! Excellent condition

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: approx 16" from top of bodice to bottom waist seam
Skirt: 29" from waist seam to hem

The dress is fully lined in white silk crepe with a built in layer of tulle in the skirt. No additional crinolines where used in the photos. It closes with a side painted metal zipper that looks like a replacement but its well done and definitely still an older zipper. . Hand finishes. There are a couple f faint discolorations in the skirt here and there but due to the volume it very minor - priced accordingly. The bodice is lightly boned and all the edges are finished with an edging of netting.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS

Item# DD865

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

Setting up a layaway is super easy and we are happy to provide this service!

Here's how deposits work on a standard layaway:

  • We require three equal payments of the layaway total. You will be invoiced for the first amount upon request
  • payment two of the remaining balance will be billed two weeks from the date of the initial deposit.
  • The final payment is due two weeks after the second payment and shipping will be billed on this invoice as well.
  • items less then $500, or that are on sale, require a 50% deposit with the final payment due in two weeks from the date of deposit 

Read More

We offer flat rate Standard UPS shipping worldwide. All shipping options are displayed at checkout in the pull down menus provided.

Want it faster?

We offer flat rates for expedited and express shipping options - these will also display at check out and can be selected with the drop down menu during the checkout process.

Read More


Please review all measurements carefully. More often than not, vintage garments do not fit any size category exactly. If in doubt, measure a garment of your own that fits and is a similar cut and compare it's measurements to the listed measurements below.