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Sweetest 1950s Party Lines by Emma Domb Pansy Print Strapless Dress w Full Skirt

The Emma Domb company was launched in 1939 by Emma along with her daughter Lorraine. From the beginning they specialized in party dresses at reasonable prices. When Dior launched his 'New Look' they took that concept and ran with it, producing a myriad of dresses with full skirts for all occasions. The Party Lines label was launched on the 1950s to specifically go after the young adult/teen market. They duo produced the dresses themselves in their own factory and the dresses are well made and well designed. The last Emma Domb dress was made in 1974 when the factory was shuttered. The company officially dissolved a couple of years later. Her dresses were an American staple and they are a very beloved collectible in the vintage world.   

This dress is just so pretty. I am in love with it. It is really a beautiful example of the kind of dreamy dresses the Emma and her daughter were making. The print on the silky rayon is a lovely pansy design that covers the entire surface. I love how the flowers are mixed with the green on the backdrop. The print is screened onto the fabric in a way that makes it look like a painting. The strapless bodice is very pretty with a curved sweetheart neckline. There is a little panel of fabric that follows the edge of the curve and the fabric crosses over itself. The interior is lightly boned for support and it is fitted to the bust. The waist nips in and then the skirt flares out under that. The skirt is quite full with lots and lots of fabric. I photoed it with and without a crinoline so that you can see how you can wear it either way. I love the little detailing panel that crosses over the front of the skirt and runs down each side. This little extra touch is so pretty and feminine. This is really a wonderful fifties dress. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes with a side painted metal zipper. Light boning through the bodice. The crinoline used in the photos is not included

Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam and generous cups - maybe a B-C
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 11" from top of peak of the bodice to waist
Skirt: 32" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3886

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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