1950s Larger Sequin & Pink Skirted Dress

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Hard to find larger sized fifties cocktail dress has a strong hint of the burlesque and saloon girls to it. The is a certain sauciness to it don't you agree? The bodice is cut in a style reminiscent of that corseted Maid Marion style with fabric covered buttons running down the front an a pretty curved neckline. Teeny single black sequins are scattered over this on the front and back. The skirt is really the masterpiece of this dress and I am glad they kept the bodice fairly simple so it does not detract form the skirt's glory! Its five full layers of fabric and the middle layer is a shocking Schiaparelli pink silk satin! This gets muted and turns to an undertone after three layers of tulle but shows in full strength when you dance or sit! The top layer is just stunning. Black silk taffeta is fashioned into bowed ribbons that circle the entire skirt and run in rows from top to bottom. Each row is edged and highlighted with glossy black sequins. What a fantastic piece!

Bust: 20.5” from side seam to side seam

Waist: 16.5” flat across the back from side seam to side seam

Hips: open

Bodice: 15.5” from top of shoulder to waist seam

Skirt: 30” from waist seam to bottom hem

The bodice of the dress is unlined and the skirt has five layers - the inner layer is black silk taffeta with a tulle edging, next is a shocking pink silk satin layer, also lined in pink. Over that are two later of black tulle and finally the outer layer of tulle that has silk taffeta ribbons and bows topped with sequins. It closes with a side zipper that looks to have been replaced at some point. the fabric f the bodice looks a teeny bit like it was washed once instead of dry cleaned but its still wearable. There is the occasional sequin missing. The belt is not original but is included. There is so much fabric and the dress is so pretty and unusual I feel all these small flaws are forgivable, hard to spot and do not detract. Priced accordingly. It should be dry cleaned when cleaned again in the future.
Marked Size
MED-LRG (0-8)
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
Number of Items
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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