nat kaplan

1950s Nat Kaplan Pleated Bodice Insanely Pretty Floral Print Dress

Nat Kaplan was a dress manufacturer that opened in 1935 and produced well-made mid-range garments for about 50 years. They tended to use great fabrics and the pieces were finely tailored. Fit was paramount and they did not skimp on details to give their clients amazing value for their money.

This dress is darling and for the girl tiny enough to fit into it, it is a beauty. The bodice is very  fitted with light boning inside for support. It has tiny straps in that same lovely fabric and then the entire bodice is finished with a series of vertical knife pleats. These go all the way around the bodice and are set on a slight angle instead of a straight up and down line. The waist is cinched and then the skirt opens out from there and is quite full. The fabric is a lovely semi-sheer light silk-cotton voile with a gorgeous bright floral print that covers every square inch. The skirt has a second layer of organza under that top layer and then a lining under that to keep it from being see-through. It is just lovely. Excellent condition. 

Full interline though the bodice in an ivory silky rayon and the skirt has a silk crepe inner lining and then a layer of ivory silk organza under the top printed layer. It closes with a painted metal zipper at the back and the the skirt overlaps and snaps to close along the waist over the lower portion of the zipper.

Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 38" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3286

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

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