Gorgeous 1940s Unlabeled Ivory Silk Twill Dress w Painted & Appliqued Rose Print
The three dresses I have for you today are more from that same single owner collection that I recently did two capsules from. Her collection was lovingly sourced over decades and she has decided that it is time let them back out into the world for others to enjoy. The first two drops centered around the 1930s but we have expanded into her collection to add some other decades this time as well. Outstanding designs from these eras are increasingly hard to find. Her collection represents some of the best of the era that I have seen in a very long time. Most are in excellent condition and the few included that do have some flaws are such outstanding designs that I feel there is still room for someone to love them and wear them as they are, or perhaps to put in the additional work to repair them.
This dress is from the late 1940s and is made from a ivory coloured silk twill. The silk fabric choice keeps the dress light and easy to wear while still holding the lines and volume of the dress. It is very pretty and might even make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any event. Wide straps curve from the back and are set so that they sit towards the outsides of the shoulder. This leaves the neckline set wider then normal before it dips down into a V at the front. It crosses over itself and is softly draped and gathers over the breasts. I love how one of the roses has been cut out and appliqued by hand onto one side of the bodice so that it sits perfectly rather then a print that would get lost in the folds. This attention to detail is what makes dresses from this time period so special. The bust is shaped through seaming and the bodice is cut to curve around you and then it nips in just underneath to form the waist. The skirt falls from under that point and widens out quite a bit by the hem. I photoed it without anything underneath so you can see how it falls on its own. If you wanted to add a crinoline underneath you could make it incredibly full from here. The back is cut longer then the front to give it a slight trained feel and the silk is fuller there so that the volume is greater. It is a gorgeous dress and such a rarity to find such a spectacular sample from this time period anymore. Great overall condition with a notes to review below
The dress is fully lined in an ivory silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Light built in boning through the back bodice. I see light foxing on the silk here and there but it is faint. I also see the edge just under the arm has a tiny bit of shattering and there is spot near the hem that has an area of shattering. The dress came through cleaning and these remained stable. Please see the final four photos here.
Bust: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 37" from waist to front hem, 44" to back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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