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1950's Alfred Shaheen Hawaiian Purple Print Cotton Halter Circle-Skirt Dress


Alfred Shaheen was the most creative and prolific Hawaiian designer in post-WWII fashion. Shaheen pioneered Hawaii's vital garment manufacturing industry by stretching beyond the limits imposed by the isolation of the Hawaiian Islands. His team of local artists and designers reflected a blend of Japanese, Hawaiian, Chinese and other ethnic groups. Those who worked in the House of Shaheen were encouraged to research, explore and incorporate cultural motifs in fabric design. Shaheen sent his designers outside the Islands on international trips to gather new ideas. These were combined to create Shaheen’s “fashion fusion” style. This beautiful royal-purple cotton sundress is a perfect example of his genuis. The print is unbelievable; Chinese motifs with incredible iridescent shimmer. I adore the low-cut plunge, sweetheart shelf-bust complete with a removable halter strap. The sides of the bodice are stretchy and the bust is lined so it can be worn without a brassiere. The hourglass nipped-waist full circle-skirt finishes this garment off with an iconic "femme fatale" vibe. A rare piece of wearable art. Measurements Bust:33-35 inches (due to elastic stretch) Waist:25-27 inches (due to elastic stretch) Hips:Free Sweep Total Length:42 inches This vintage designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips,stains or holes. Silkscreen print fade from age. This item is over 50 years old and is truly stunning!


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