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Alfred Shaheen 1950s Aquamarine Hawaiian Cotton Sundress With Novelty Fish Print


This lovely 1950s Alfred Shaheen cotton sundress in aquamarine features some wonderful construction details and is an excellent example of this flamboyant fabric designer at his best. Renowned for his timeless halter neck sundresses made exclusively in Honolulu Hawaii, Shaheen sourced, designed and manufactured all of the unique textiles used in his garments. The evocative contrast of aquamarine, cobalt blue, navy and gold in this piece are beautifully combined in what is a truly exquisite print. Deceptively floral looking at a distance, the print is in fact oceanic and depicts angel fish swimming in clusters over a coral print background, capturing the spirit of the stunning natural beauty of the island as intended. The classic silhouette would well suit an hourglass figure. Shirring on the bodice ensures a comfortable fit and defined waistline showcasing the full circle mid calf length skirt. The skirt is gathered at the front on either side of the hip to create dynamic in the movement, leaving a smooth panel of fabric from below the breast to continue over the navel. Fabric is skilfully gathered in a fan shape over the bust, with additional petal shaped pieces stitched into the bodice on each breast with a gentle sweetheart neckline that is complemented beautifully by the halter neck strap. There is a central zip fastening at the reverse. In excellent condition with bright intensity of colour, would best suit US size 4, UK size 8.


  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 37 in.

    D 93.98 cm

  • Marked size
    4 (US)
  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Hip
    36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Length
    37 in. (93.98 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
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