Spectacular 1930s Unlabeled Red & White Striped Cotton Strapless Sweetheart Dress

This is a spectacular dress from the late 1930s or early 1940s. It has no label and it is just one of those things that you will only ever find in the vintage world. It is the type of dress that literally makes you happy and puts a smile on your face the moment you see it. The dress is made from a beautiful vintage cotton that has a slight textured feel to to it. This fabric choice keeps the dress light and easy to wear while still holding the lines and volume of the dress. A stunning striped red and white pattern covers the entire dress. This contrasting to colours combined with the stripes gives it an amazing impact when you see it. Added to that is the way that the skirt's volume has been created by triangle shaped panels that are set all the way around the dress. You can see the care that was put into dresses from this time period when you realize that every stripe matches with its neighbor whenever possible. The dress is strapless and the bodice is fitted with internal boning built in for structure and to hold the dress in place around you. The bust is shaped and the bodice is cut to curve around you and then it nips in at the waist. Did you see is all created with vertical seaming so there is no horizontal waist seam to break the pattern. You could easily add a belt or tie to really emphasize the waist too if you wished. The skirt is fantastic. I photoed it without anything underneath so you can see how it falls on its own and then for the majority of the shots I photoed it with a long crinoline underneath so you can get an idea of the volume and the way the pattern sets. If you were to lay it out on the floor this would be a full circle skirt if not more. The skirt is cut on a curve and is slightly longer then the sides so you get a beautiful line. It is a gorgeous dress and such a rarity to find such a spectacular sample from this time period anymore and in this condition. Excellent condition with a small note to review below

The dress is unlined and closes with a side set metal zipper. Built in boning through the bodice. There is some slight yellowing to some of the white areas on and around the hem. I photoed one of them so you can see. There's a tiny area of discoloration at the top of the edge of the bodice and minor yellowing here and there on the interior. Please see the final two photos here. With the amount of fabric in the dress you would never notice this once it's on. Given that the dress is almost 100 years old at this point I would easily still rate it as excellent condition. It is an amazing dress.

Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam with up to about an B cup of added room at the front
Waist: 12-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 54.5" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent:XXS-XS

Item# DD4187

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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