Off-Shoulder Cutaway Front Jacquard Party Dress, 1950s For Sale
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Off-Shoulder Cutaway Front Jacquard Party Dress, 1950s


From the estate of a mid-century opera singer comes this New Look party dress, which looks like it might have stepped out of a Henry Clarke fashion shoot. High fashion touches like a cummerbund waist and cutaway skirt are complemented by thoughtful details like elastic bodice loops (to keep the neckline from falling open) and an attached crinoline. Sweetheart surplice bodice party dress with short sleeves and inset cummerbund waist; low scooped back. Cutaway front petal skirt with voluminous waist gathers (especially at rear); ornamental center back bow. Rear metal zipper closure with hook and eye at zipper top and mid-back; additional hook and eye beneath one side of rear bow. Self-covered lingerie snaps at shoulders; heavyweight jacquard fabric backed in nylon, plus attached tulle interior crinoline. fabric: heavyweight silk jacquard, nylon, tulle noteworthy: dry clean only repairs: reattached uppermost hook and eye condition: excellent measurements: neckline opening: 12 ½” across neckline drop: 6” from shoulder at front, 7” at back sleeve length: 1 ½” from underarm, 5 ½” from shoulder sleeve circumference: 11” bust: 38” underbust / ribcage: 29” waist: 25” hips: free bodice length: 8” from underarm, 15” from shoulder skirt length: 30” total length: 38” from underarm, 45” from shoulder sweep: 239” (crinoline), 140” (skirt) label: House of Fashion (Portsmouth, Ohio) size: no size tag present; comparable to modern size small


  • Designer
    House of Fashion
  • Brand
    House of Fashion
  • In the Style Of
    New Look
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Altered (not by designer).
  • Marked Size
    none; comparable to size S (US)
  • Seller Location
    Phoenix, AZ
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