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    Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New! Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New! Quick View
    • Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New!

    Vintage 1950s Pink and Orange Floral Cotton Dress- New!

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    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 34 - 35 inches + 86 - 89 cm

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Waist: 25 - 26 inches + 64 - 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  40 inches + 102 cm 

    Hem Length: 3 inches + 8 cm

    Zipper Length: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inch+ 1.3 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Stunning 1950s white background cotton dress

    * Fabric design features large flowers in shades of pink and orange with sage leaves

    * Classic silhouette with a cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with wide squared neckline

    * Full skirt with straight centre panel with knife pleats either side of that

    * Unlined, raw seams with hand-sewn hem

    * Back metal zipper

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see fr its age, has been worn but presents beautifully.


    Comment 

    Beautiful colourful print in this dress. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. This option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from collection.

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

     

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New! Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New! Quick View
    • Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New!
    • Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New!
    • Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New!
    • Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New!

    Striking 1950s B&W Plaid Taffeta Dress- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 90 cm

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Waist: 26 - 27 inches + 66  -69 cm

    Hips: Free

    Natural Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15.5 inches + 39.5 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107 cm 

    Hem Length: 3 inches + 8 cm

    Zipper Length: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inches + 1.25 cm per side

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s white taffeta commercially made dress

    * Fabric features large black and grey plaid design

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with deep oval neckline

    * Ruching across entire bodice and dropped waistline

    * Top part of bodice is trimmed in black taffeta with self bow at centre

    * Very full skirt with side metal zipper

    * Fully lined bodice, raw seams and hand sewn hem

    * Label reads Jean Allen - Fifth Avenue

    Jean Allen

    Jean Allen was a London-based fashion house operating in the 1950s through to the  High Street boom of the 1970s. The company produced fine quality fashion items. Sue Irving, an employee of the company in the 1970s recalled that “there was an actual Jean Allen who controlled the fashion house, at Cavendish Square London, she was married to a Mr Parry Billings who was instrumental in the day to day decisions. I only know this as I worked there in 1975. They used to source models from the London College of Fashion, Mr Billings always said that their girls knew how to walk properly!  They operated a factory in Italy where their designs came to life.” Pierre Balmain in Paris also supplied his models to Jean Allen designer House in London.

     

    Condition 

    Gorgeous designer dress, typical of the Jean Allen label. The ruching actually minimises the waistline and is beautifully executed. The dress is in excellent condition too, free from any notable flaws. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD) 1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD) Quick View
    • 1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD)

    1950s Feather Print Black & Bronze Jacquard Dress- New! (ON HOLD)

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    This product is sold out

    This dress is now sold

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 27 inches + 69 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 16 inches + 41 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  47 inches + 120 cm 

    Sleeve Length from Outside Shoulder: 23 inches + 58 cm

    Hem Length: 3 inches + 8 cm

    Zipper Length: 16 inches + 41 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inch+ 1.25 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Stunning 1950s back and bronze jacquard fabric

    * Design features a feather pattern

    * Classic silhouette with a cinched waist and full skirt

    * Bodice with low squared neckline

    * Long sleeves that taper at the wrist and decorated with two covered buttons

    * Full panelled skirt, ballerina length

    * Unlined, pinked seams with hand-sewn hem

    * Back metal zipper

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No wear to the dress itself, it's in fabulous condition.  However, the back has an added panel, near the zipper, to make the waist bigger. Enlarge the photo of the back view to see. It's not particularly noticeable or, if you prefer, can be disguised with a little ingenuity.  It's an absolutely stunning dress

     

    Comment 

    A classic beauty with great depth to the fabric. It really shimmers and the jacquard has a good weight to it that makes it fall beautifully.  It is difficult to come across sophisticated evening dresses with long sleeves and this one rings all the bells. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. I understand that this option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from collection.

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

     

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New! Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New! Quick View
    • Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New!
    • Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New!
    • Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New!
    • Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New!

    Late 1940s Black Velvet & Silver Taffeta Dress- New!

    $210.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust:  34 inches + 86 cm

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder : 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length: 44 inches + 112 cm 

    Hem: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length 10 inches + 25 cm

    Please note: Measurements are taken flat and stretched to maximum size

     

    Description

    * Late 1940s to early 1950s velvet and shimmery taffeta dress

    * Black velvet bodice with contrasting striped fabric

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full  gathered skirt

    * Short sleeves with contrasting silver trim and bow

    * Velvet on bodice has a corset effect with a low contrasting surplice effect neckline

    * Back is low with silver peaked collar effect

    * Side closed in metal zipper

    * Label reads "Harco Originals"

     

    Condition 

    Lovely dress with the velvet bodice providing a vest effect that is rather fetching. In excellent condition for its age with no notable flaws that I can see.  Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance if this rare circumstance arises.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New! Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New! Quick View
    • Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New!
    • Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New!
    • Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New!
    • Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New!

    Vintage 1950s Gardenia Novelty Print Cotton Dress - New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 34 -36 inches + 86 - 91 cm 

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm cm

    Waist: up to 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 42 inches + 107 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: 13 inches + 33 cm

    Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side) estimated only due to lining

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Late 1950s pink cotton background dress with grey pinstripe

    * Fabric design features large white gardenias with green leaves and dew

    * Classic silhouette with a cinched waist and full skirt

    * Short puff sleeves bodice with oval neckline

    * Sleeveless bodice with squared neckline

    * Full skirt with double box pleats

    * Fully lined bodice in white acetate

    * Hand finished serged and hem

    * Side closed-in metal zipper

    * Label reads Prinny Hamburg

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see, other than a few stitches have come underdone at the second line of the back waist - an easy fix. You can see it in the last photo.

     

    Comment 

    Such an eye-catching and fun dress and in my favourite colour too!  A truly flattering design. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. I understand that this option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from collection.

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

     

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    As these are one-off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New! Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New! Quick View
    • Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New!
    • Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New!
    • Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New!
    • Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New!

    Late 1950s Faux Cheetah Cape- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: One size fits all but best for small - medium

    Shoulder Width: 16 inches + 41 cm

    Length: 35 inches + 89 cm

    Hem Length: 3.5 inches + 9 cm

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous late 1950s early 1960s faux fur cape

    * Fabric design resembles cheetah fur 

    * Classic silhouette that falls loosely from shoulders

    * Stand up collar with button at side

    * Fastens with black buttons down centre front

    * Slit openings for arms

    * Fully lined in gold satin

    * Hand sewn hem on both lining & fur fabric edged in gold & black lace respectively

    *No label but looks commercially made with high quality fabric

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see. A couple of faint smudges in lining but nothing to detract.

     

    Comment 

    High quality faux fur cape that imbues sophistication ad style. One of the best I've seen. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

     

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New! Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New! Quick View
    • Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New!
    • Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New!
    • Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New!
    • Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New!

    Quality 1940s Deep Navy and Herringbone Designer Suit- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Jacket

    Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm

    Waist: 29 inches + 74 cm

    Hips : 36 inches + 91 cm

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 24 inches + 61 cm

    Sleeve Length from Outside Shoulder: 22.5 inches + 57 cm

    Skirt

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: 38 inches + 96.5 cm

    Length from Waist to Hem:  29 inches + 74 cm 

    Zipper Length: 9 inches + 23 cm

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Stunning 1940s designer suit in deep navy gabardine wool

    * Classic silhouette with shaped waist and straight skirt

    * Collared long-line jacket with long sleeves

    * Sleeves are in contrasting navy and white herringbone fabric

    * Horizontal herringbone piping at bust level at front and back of jacket

    * Pockets on each hip with contrast trim

    * Dark navy buttons for fastening with decorative smaller buttons at the wrist

    * Skirt has herringbone piping at hipline and slit at front hemline

    * Jacket lined in cream crepe 

    * Side metal zipper and hook & eye fastening

    * Early black label  Lilli Ann Californian Original

    Lilli Ann
    This famous American label was registered in 1933 by Adolf Schuman. Fabrics were specially imported from France and Italy, many made expressly for Lilli Ann. These fabrics were bought from mainly small textile companies that were in dire financial straits after the war and in danger of closing. As a result, Schuman was credited with saving many of these from financial ruin and in official recognition for his services was awarded Medals of Honour from both France and Italy.  On the other hand, the Lilli Ann customer knew that their suits, coats and dresses were made of the highest quality, hand-loomed fabric. Lilli Ann was also recognised for its innovative designs and quality construction. The label received the Gold Medal in Fashion Design, America's highest award in fashion. Nowadays, there is a high demand for this label from collectors and fashionistas from around the world. It must be said that this label is one of my all-time favourites as many of my customers know...:)

     

    Condition 

    Excellent +

    No notable flaws that I can see, a couple of minor scuffs to the lining. Hardly worth mentining

     

    Comment 

    Lilli Ann's black label is rarer than the later versions and this is an excellent example of an early design. Ultra smart silhouette with clean straight lines and superb attention to detail.  A very fine and eye-catching suit, that can be easily dressed up or down.  The spider brooch is available separately. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us before checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

     

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes, we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    As these are one-off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour, drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD) Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD) Quick View
    • Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD)
    • Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD)
    • Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD)
    • Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD)

    Gorgeous 1950s Black Velvet Princess Coat- New! (ON HOLD)

    Sold Out

    This product is sold out

    This coat is sold and no longer available for sale 🌹

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 44 inches + 112 cm 

    Sleeve Length From Shoulder to Wrist: 22 inches + 56 cm

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Vintage 1950s black velvet princess coat

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Elegant long sleeved bodice bodice with turnover collar neckline

    * Button through to waist with black buttons with diamonte centres

    * Tapering sleeves with slit at wrist

    * Very full skirt with inseam pockets

    * Fully lined in dusky pink satin

    * No label remains but looks to be commercially made

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. No notable flaws that I can see. Velvet is soft and plush.

     

    Comment 

    An absolutely stunning princess coat wit fabulous lines designed to add fullness but eliminate bulk. A true beauty. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

     

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 27-28 inches + 69 - 71 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  41 inches + 104 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: 20 inches + 51 cm

    Seam Allowance: 2 inches + 2.5 cm (per side)
    Could easily be enlarged or reduced for that matter

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s nobby mid-weight cotton commercially made dress

    * Fabric design features an abstract atomic print in black, white and grey

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Bodice with Nehru collar and bracelet length sleeves

    * Sleeves edged in black braid

    * Matching black braid down centre front with self bows

    * Full box pleated skirt with cotton attached crinoline

    * Unlined, raw seams, hand sewn hem

    * Back metal zipper

    * Label reads A Wendy Dress

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. No notable flaws that I can see.

     

    Comment 

    Love the design features in this dress, it is so elegant. An ideal colour to accessorise with, here I've used red but so many other colours would provide an excellent foil to the dress. Rose corsage for photographic purposes only. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albiet with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Late 1950s Garden Theme Novelty Print Dress- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm (cinched tighter with belt)

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 16 inches + 41 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  44 inches + 112 cm 

    Hem Length: none

    Zipper Length: 14 inches + 38 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inches + 2.5 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous late 1950s white cotton background commercially made dress

    * Fabric design features large straw sun hats, flowers & bees in purple, yellow &    green

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Bodice with shelf bust, sweetheart neckline and wide shoulder straps

    * Straps and neckline edged in purple rick rac braid

    * Gathered skirt, not ultra full, featuring border print with self fabric half belt

    * Patch pocket added to right front

    * Unlined, raw seams, machined hem

    * Back metal zipper

    * Label missing, only size label remains

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see, unfaded and the fabric is crisp.

    Dress may have been let down at one stage 

     

    Comment 

    What a beautiful novelty print dress, just perfect for Summer. There is something about this dress that, although simple in construction, really packs a punch when worn.  Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albiet with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    • 1950s Red & White Trompe L'Oeil Novelty Print Skirt- New!

    1950s Red & White Trompe L'Oeil Novelty Print Skirt- New!

    $180.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Extra Small

    Waist: 24 inches + 63.5 cm

    Hips: Free

    Total Length:  28 inches + 117 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches

    Zipper Length: 8 inches + 34 cm

    Note: Measurements taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. 

     

    Description

    * Eye-catching 1950s mid weight ivory pique cotton skirt

    * Amazing trompe l'oeil designed to look like macrame work with tassles

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full knife pleated skirt

    * Side metal zipper and button closure

    * Unlined, pinked seams and hand sewn hem

     

    Condition 

    This skirt is in excellent condition for its age.  No notable flaws that I can see, apart from the slightest bit of colour variation in the red print but you would have to look up close to see it, not noticeable at all when worn.  Inside seam fraying a bit but again just mentioned for full disclosure only. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Vintage Early 1960s Black Wool Dress with Rhinestones- New!

    $298.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust:  34 - 36 inches + 86 - 91 cm 

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm (can stretch more)

    Hips: 38 inches + 96.5 cm

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: 13.5 inches + 34 cm

    Note: Measurements taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. Please allow for fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Striking late 1950s to early 1960s black wool blend dress

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and curvy skirt

    * Cap sleeved bodice with bateau neckline

    * Bodice has shelf bust and is decorated with prong set rhinestones

    * Skirt is straight with a kick pleat at back

    * Skirt is scattered with smaller rhinestones all in a geometric pattern

    * Fully lined in black satin with hand finished hem

    * Low back with metal zipper

    * Label reads "Harco Original "

     

    Condition 

    This dress is in great condition for its age.  It presents beautifully and has fantastic styling. The rhinestones are really brilliant but don't show up as much in the photos.  The fabric has some stretch and could accommodate an extra inch or so. No notable flaws that I can see, apart from one tiny pin hole on lower skirt where a rhinestone might have once been. Rhinestone spider for presentation purposes only. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust:  34 inches + 86 cm 

    Waist: 25 - 26 inches + 64 - 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  40 inches + 102 cm 

    Hem Length: 1 inch + 2.5 cm

    Zipper Length: 18 inches + 46 cm

    Note: Measurements taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. 

     

    Description

    * Striking late 1950s crisp sky blue and white diamond print background cotton dress

    * Fabric design also features paisley border print in sky blue, gold and navy

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with broad rounded neckline

    * Neckline and shoulder edge finished with self fabric piping

    * Very full gathered skirt that features deep border print

    * Unlined, serged seams with hand finished hem

    * Scooped back with metal zipper

    * Label reads Victor Josselyn

    Victor Josselyn is a British label that produced quality garments that rivalled Horrockses. All of the Victor Josselyn dresses I have seen feature gorgeous fabrics, mostly cotton, along with wonderful prints. The cut and finishing of the garments also reflects high production values.  The Victor Josselyn label is keenly sought out by collectors because of these attributes. This dress is no exception and I believe it dates from 1959 -1960.

     

    Condition 

    This dress is in excellent condition for its age. In fact it looks hardly worn and is beautifully crisp and vibrant. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm ( gathers in bust can accommodate slightly larger size)

    Under Bust: 29 inches + 74 cm

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm (adjustable due to halter)

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107 cm 

    Hem Length: none

    Seam Allowance: none

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Recreation of an 1950s dress worn by Marilyn Monroe

    * Milton Greene photographed Marilyn in January 1957

    * The shoot was aptly titled Red Sitting

    * Dress is made of red crepe chiffon with red taffeta lining

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    *Deep halter neckline with back tie and shelf bust

    * Back nylon zipper

    * Made for a Marilyn Monroe Exhibition over ten years ago

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see.

     

    Comment 

    A gorgeous and eye-catching dress styled after the one Marilyn Monroe wore in her now famous photoshoot. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albiet with a noticeably longer timeframe. Please note that they are giving priority to express parcels.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Hawaiian Print Dress- New! Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Hawaiian Print Dress- New! Quick View
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    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Hawaiian Print Dress- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Hawaiian Print Dress- New!

    Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Hawaiian Print Dress- New!

    $290.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 17 inches + 43 cm (straps can be shortened)

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107 cm 

    Hem Length: 3.5 inches + 9 cm

    Zipper Length: 14 inches + 36 cm

    Seam Allowance: none

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Lovely late 1950s early1960s blue cotton background commercially made dress

    * Fabric design features floral and scroll pattern in dark blue, aqua blue and white

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with deep oval neckline and spaghetti straps

    * Bodice features vertical stripes with waist trimmed in rolled self piping trim

    * Full gathered skirt which displays the stripes horizontally

    * Bodice self fabric lined at front, raw seams, hand sewn hem

    * Scooped back with metal zipper

    * Label reads "Sun Fashions of Hawaii" and "Made in Hawaii"

    Sun Fashions of Hawaii was listed as a clothing manufacturer in 1953 and was based in Honolulu. The company produced apparel for both men and women. The label design used in this dress was active up until the late 1960s when the company introduced a modernised version of their logo. 

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see- some fraying to inner seams but not visible from outside nor does it impact on the integrity of durability of the item. 

     

    Comment 

    Beautiful dress with an eye-catching print! Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    COVID-19

    Unfortunately the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. But our Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albiet with a noticeably longer timeframe.

    We are also in the process of offering an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. We will update you when this is finalised.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    • Vintage 1950s Purple and White Stained Glass Print Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Purple and White Stained Glass Print Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Purple and White Stained Glass Print Dress- New!

    Vintage 1950s Purple and White Stained Glass Print Dress- New!

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    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Waist: 27 - 28 inches + 69 -71 cm (cinched in with half belt)

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  41 inches + 104 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: 19 inches + 48 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inches + 1.3 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s white cotton background commercially made dress

    * Deadstock with original swing tags

    * Fabric design features abstract pattern almost like stained glass in purple & charcoal

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with square neckline

    * Shelf bust with slit petal shape (can be worn up or down) and solid purple insert

    * Centre of bust decorated with purple bow

    * Full knife pleated skirt with attached ties that can be secured front or back

    * Unlined, serged seams, hand sewn hem

    * Back metal zipper

    * Label reads Lavinia Fashions

     

    Condition 

    Excellent. 

    No notable flaws that I can see. Never worn


    Comment 

    Spectacular print and strong crisp, unfaded fabric. Gorgeous bodice treatment. This dress has not been cleaned due to its swing tags and deadstock condition. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New! Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New! Quick View
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New!

    Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue Plaid Cotton Dress- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Medium

    Bust: 36-38 inches  inches + 91 - 96.5 cm

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Waist: 28 -29 inches + 71 - 74 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  40.5  inches + 103 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: 22 inches + 56 cm

    Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Striking 19560s blue cotton dress looks commercially made

    * Fabric design features blue and white plaid stripes

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless all blue bodice with jewel neckline

    * Armholes and neckline trimmed in white cotton with self bow at centre neckline

    * Full plaid skirt with knife pleating

    * Unlined, serged seams, hand sewn hem

    * Back nylon zipper

    * Without label but remnants of a size label remain

     

    Condition 

    Beautiful dress with great presence. Love the contrast between the bodice and plaid skirt!  No notable flaws that I can see, looks in great condition for its age. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New! Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New! Quick View
    • Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New!
    • Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New!
    • Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New!
    • Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New!

    Late 1930s Russet Brown Crepe Dress - New!

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    Measurements

    Size: Extra Small to Small

    Bust: 34 - 35 inches + 86 - 89 cm

    Under Bust: 30 inches + 76 cm

    Waist: 25 - 26 inches + 63.5 -  66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  44 inches + 112 cm 

    Hem Length: 1.5 inches + 4 cm

    Zipper Length: 11 inches + 28 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inch+ 1.3 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Sensational late 1930s to early 1940s dress

    * Fabric is russet brown crepe

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and draped skirt

    * Oval neckline with elbow length sleeves

    * Bodice has asymmetrical  pleating on left side

    *Self bow on left shoulder

    * Skirt continues the asymmetrical look with darts that open at the hips on left side

    * Self belt trimmed with bow

    * Unlined, pinked seams, hand sewn hem

    * Side closed -in metal zipper

    * Back has self covered buttons 

     

    Condition 

    This is a beautiful dress with so many fetching design features. Love the asymmetrical detailing and the silhouette which is so reminiscent of a Hollywood film costume. It's in excellent condition too for its age, with only a couple of very minor flaws. There is a tiny hole on the back of one sleeve just above the elbow, and a couple of pin dot spots, hardly wort mentioning, and someone has used black thread to sew a seam and the top stitch is just visible but again only mentioned for accuracy. For a dress that is over 80 years of age, it is in wonderful condition. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New! Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New! Quick View
    • Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New!

    Vintage 1950s Coral & White Stripes Embroidered Dress- New!

    $290.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Extra Small

    Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Under Bust: 28 inches + 71 cm

    Waist: 24 inches + 61 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15.5 inches + 39 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  39.5 inches + 100 cm 

    Hem Length: 2.75 inches + 7 cm

    Zipper Length: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s seersucker cotton dress

    * Fabric design features coral and white narrow stripes

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with scooped oval neckline

    * Shelf bust with vertical stripes on upper bodice and horizontal on lower bodice

    * Bodice trimmed with orange trim under bust and wist with centre bow at front

    * Full skirt with gorgeous orange embroidery border print

    * Three self covered buttons with embroidery decorate centre front bodice

    * Unlined, raw seams, hand sewn hem

    * Scooped out back with metal zipper

    * No label but I think commercially made

     

    Condition 

    Utterly beautiful dress in excellent condition. Love the seersucker fabric and the embroidery on this beauty, plus the eye-catching bodice treatment! Only point to make is that the cotton thread on the hook and eye above zipper needs to be restitched. Other than that minor issue the dress is flawless. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New! Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New! Quick View
    • Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New!

    Vintage 1950s Striped Floral Cotton Dress- New!

    $270.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm 

    Waist:  26 - 27 inches +  66 -69 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length From Outside Shoulder:  16 inches + 41 cm

    Total Length:  43 inches + 109 cm

      

    Description

    * Vintage 1950s cotton dress

    * Stripes in white, teal, mustard, orange and light blue

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with squared neckline

    * Bodice has shelf bust with pin tucks at centre panel & decorative rhinestone         buttons 

    * Flap at neckline with large self bow                           

    * Back metal zipper

    * Label reads "Cardinal Cottons"

     

    Condition 

    This highly sought after novelty print dress is in excellent vintage condition for its age with no flaws that I can see. Looks hardly worn -the print remains vibrant and unfaded and the fabric is still crisp. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • 1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case -  New! (ON HOLD) 1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case -  New! (ON HOLD) Quick View
    • 1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case -  New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case -  New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case -  New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case -  New! (ON HOLD)

    1950s Volupte Minaudiere Compact Evening Case - New! (ON HOLD)

    $185.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Length: 4.5 inches + 11.5 cm

    Width: 3.5 inches + 9 cm

    Depth: 1 inches + 2.5 cm

     

    Description

    * 1950s evening makeup set known as a minauderie

    * Original black faille carry case

    * Interior case lifts out of the carry all

    * Case has enamel front with painted flowers

    * Inside compartments include a mirror, lipstick receptacle, powder compartment with original mesh, and a compartment for notes or cigarettes

    * Label reads Volupte

    Founded in 1920, Volupte was a leading costume jeweller noted for elegant, functional compacts, cigarette cases, purses and costume pieces. Among the most popular were shaped, portable vanity items advertised as “small enough to carry in the pocketbook.” These captured the interest and dollars of prominent fashion leaders, including glamorous movie stars, who found such portable fashion accessories to be “must- have” essentials. Produced in sterling silver, brass, aluminium and nickel often decorated with enamel, gilt or artwork, Volupte purse items became the company’s top sellers worldwide. By the 1960s ,when Volupte closed, demand for heavy purse compacts had faded as lighter, disposable plastic versions became popular. Nowadays, there has been a resurgence in popularity thanks to avid collectors and vintage enthusiasts.

    Condition 

    Wonderful example of the sought after Volupte carry-alls. This one features a gorgeous enamelled front with a painterly florals. This purse looks unused and is in excellent condition with only a few marks and scratches that are barely noticeable. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New Quick View
    • Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New
    • Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New
    • Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New
    • Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New

    Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New

    $180.00 AUD

     Measurements

    Size: Medium

    Bust: 38 -39 inches + 96.5 - 99 cm

    Waist: 28 -29 inches + 71 - 74 cm

    Sleeve: 24 inches + 61 cm

    Length: 19 inches + 48 cm

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous black cashmere wool cardigan

    * Removable honey coloured wide mink collar

    * Rhinestone clasps secure at waistline

    * Pearl decorative buttons on each sleeve sleeves

    * Interior body fully lined in black lace with chiffon overlay

    * Label reads Bernard Altmann

    Bernhard Altmann founded his knitwear manufacturing business in Vienna in 1919. . His company was very successful and it grew to employ 1000 people by 1938. But in that year the German Anschluss put his business under pressure, and he fled to London. His brother was taken prisoner by the Nazis and Altmann was forced to sign over the business in return for his release. Altmann started a factory in Liverpool in 1938, which he had to abandon in 1939 as a result of the U.K. Enemy Alien Act of 1939 in which all nationals of enemy countries had to withdraw from coastline cities in three days after the declaration of war. They did not distinguish between Germans and displaced Austrian Jews, whose country had been absorbed into Germany. After Liverpool, he immigrated to the United States and started the cashmere business in 1947. After Bernhard Altmann’s retirement in 1955, his successor eventually sold off the U.S. operations to McGregor-Doniger in the 1970s. Bernhard Altmann was famous for his cashmere lines, but also produced clothes in Shetland wool and a lambswool/fur fibre blend called ‘Bernamere’. A 1960s advertising tagline for the company ran, ‘The Legend of a Great Knitter’. (curtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)

      

    Comment

    High quality cashmere cardigan. The cardigan is in excellent condition with no damage, holes or flaws that I can see. The only thing to mention is extremely slight pilling but not anything to detract from thhe beauty of this piece.. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.


     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.


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    Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New! Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New! Quick View
    • Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New!
    • Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New!

    Vintage 1950s Black Cotton Velvet Rose Applique Slacks- New!

    Sold Out

    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: 38 inches +96.5 cm

    Outside Seam from Waist to Hem: 39 inches + 99 cm

    Inside Seam:  27 inches + 69 cm 

    Rise: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Zipper Length: 8 inches + 20 cm

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Super 1950s black cotton velvet commercially made slacks

    * Classic silhouette with high waist with band and tapering leg

    *  Large applique crewel work wool rose on left leg in shades of pink and green

    * Slacks are darted for fit

    * Back metal zipper fastening and black button

    * Unlined 

    * Label reads Made in Italy - Sir James

     

    Condition 

    Gorgeous and hard to find black cotton velvet slacks with the most wonderful crewel work applique. The slacks are in excellent condition for their age with no flaws to note.  Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New! Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New! Quick View
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New!

    Late 1950s Early 1960s Red Poppy Jacket- New!

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    Measurements

    Size: Medium

    Bust: 38 inches + 96.5 cm

    Under Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Waist: 36 inches + 81 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  17.5 inches + 44.5 cm 

    Sleeve Length: 17 inches + 43 cm

    Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous late 1950s to early 1960s white linen commercially made jacket

    * Fabric design features vivid red poppies with green stems and leaves

    * Sleeves are inset ¾ length

    * Jacket with turnover notched collar

    * Front two button closure

    * Unlined with serged seams

    * Label reads Hi-Lady Model

     

    Condition 

    Fantastic little jacket in fabulous condition. The print on this is truly lovely. Such a versatile in-between seasons jacket. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Early 1960s Red Samsonite Travel Makeup Case- New! (ON HOLD) Early 1960s Red Samsonite Travel Makeup Case- New! (ON HOLD) Quick View
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    • Early 1960s Red Samsonite Travel Makeup Case- New! (ON HOLD)
    • Early 1960s Red Samsonite Travel Makeup Case- New! (ON HOLD)

    Early 1960s Red Samsonite Travel Makeup Case- New! (ON HOLD)

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Length: 14.5 inches + 37 cm

    Width: 7.5 inches + 19 cm

    Depth: 7.5 inches + 19 cm

     

    Description

    * Red early 1960s Samsonite hard shell makeup travel case

    * Plastic lift off compartmentalised tray

    * Underneath storage includes two fluted long pockets and two short pockets

    * Original Keys

    * Label reads Samsonite Silhouette

     

    Condition 

    Great colour on this case, probably the hardest one to find. This particular case is in fabulous condition with ony a few minor scuffs. The interior is in wonderful shape. No notable flaws that I can see, other than af ew stitches have come underdone at the second line of the back waist - an easy fix. You can see it in the last photo. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Late 1950s Early 1960s Pink & White Gingham Cotton Dress  - New! Late 1950s Early 1960s Pink & White Gingham Cotton Dress  - New! Quick View
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    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Pink & White Gingham Cotton Dress  - New!

    Late 1950s Early 1960s Pink & White Gingham Cotton Dress - New!

    $340.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Extra Small 

    Bust: 32 -34 inches + 81 - 86 cm

    Under Bust: 28 inches + 71 cm

    Waist: 24- 25 inches + 61 -63.5 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  39 inches + 99 cm 

    Hem Length: none

    Zipper Length: 14.5 inches + 37 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inches + 1.25 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous late 1950s pink and white gingham cotton commercially made dress

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with shoulder straps and squared neckline

    * Shelf bust with cummerbund waist

    * Skirt and bust of bodice consists of stiffened tulle with self ribbon soutache work

    * Straps, bodice flap and cummerbund are made up of gingham cotton

    * Fully lined in pink taffeta

    * Back metal zipper

    * Label missing but size label remains

     

    Condition 

    This is an exquisite dress and beautifully made. It's an eye-catcher for sure and equally at home as a party or day dress. It's in fabulous condition too, I cant see any flaws that could possibly detract from the presentation and wearability of this beauty. In fact, it looks hardly worn at all. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Vintage 1950s Lilli Ann Designer Wool Princess Coat- New! Vintage 1950s Lilli Ann Designer Wool Princess Coat- New! Quick View
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    • Vintage 1950s Lilli Ann Designer Wool Princess Coat- New!

    Vintage 1950s Lilli Ann Designer Wool Princess Coat- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small - Medium

    Bust: 38 -39 inches + 96.5 - 99 cm

    Under Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm

    Waist: 30 inches + 76 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  39 inches + 99 cm 

    Hem Length: 2.5 inches + 6 cm

    Sleeve Length: 24 inches + 61 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5+ 1.25 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Outstanding 1950s wool commercially made coat

    * Fabric design features charcoal colour with cream flecks

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Wide pointed collar with button centre front opening

    * Long sleeves with huge adjustable turnover cuffs

    * Full skirt with side inseam pockets

    * Self fabric buttons with slanted button holes

    * Lined in dark grey satin

    * Label lost but 100% Lilli Ann

    Lilli Ann
    This famous American label was registered in 1933 by Adolf Schuman. Fabrics were specially imported from France and Italy, many made expressly for Lilli Ann. These fabrics were bought from mainly small textile companies that were in dire financial straits after the war and in danger of closing. As a result, Schuman was credited with saving many of these from financial ruin and in official recognition for his services was awarded Medals of Honour from both France and Italy.  On the other hand, the Lilli Ann customer knew that their suits, coats and dresses were made of the highest quality, hand-loomed fabric. Lilli Ann was also recognised for its innovative designs and quality construction. The label received the Gold Medal in Fashion Design, America's highest award in fashion. Nowadays, there is very high demand for this label from collectors and fashionistas from around the world. It must be said that this label is one of my all-time favourites as many of my customers know...:)


    Condition 

    Sensational Lilli Ann princess coat, in one of the more sought after designs.!  The coat is a slight variation on the original Lilli Ann ad (buttons and fabric), but the design is identical. I have had two of these coats in the past with labels and this one is absolutely identical in construction, design, and fabric.  In excellent condition too, just the slightest bit of wear near where the label would have been on the lining and a couple of scuff marks below it. Shown in last photograph but really nothing to detract from presentation or wearability. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New! Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New! Quick View
    • Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New!
    • Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New!
    • Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New!
    • Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New!

    Beautiful 1950s Green Floral Plisse Cotton Dress - New!

    $280.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust:  36 inches + 91 cm 

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 43 inches + 109 cm 

    Hem Length: none

    Zipper Length: 9 inches + 23 cm

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. Please allow for individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Beautiful 1950s mint green plisse cotton dress

    * Fabric design features floral sprays in orange, lavender and ivory with dark green     leaves 

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Short sleeved bodice with deep V-shaped neckline

    * Bodice has shelf bust with gathers

    * Very full skirt almost full circle 

    * Dress has built in cream petticoat with sweetheart neckline and thin shoulder straps

    * Fully lined with additional gauze underskirt , raw seams, machined hem

    * Closed-in side metal zipper

    Plisse
    Cotton fabric with a puckered texture caused by a chemical treatment (with sodium hydroxide) is called plissé. The chemical is applied in stripes which causes the fabric in those areas to shrink, leaving the remaining area puckered. The puckered areas usually follow the warp of the fabric. The appearance is much like seersucker. (Courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)

     

    Condition 

    This dress is in excellent condition for its age.  No notable flaws that I can see.  One can easily replace the closed-in metal zipper with a longer zipper that opens higher, for added ease in getting it over the shoulders. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

  • Late 1950s Early 1960s Designer Blue Rose Brocade Party Dress- New! Late 1950s Early 1960s Designer Blue Rose Brocade Party Dress- New! Quick View
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    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Designer Blue Rose Brocade Party Dress- New!

    Late 1950s Early 1960s Designer Blue Rose Brocade Party Dress- New!

    $350.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm

    Under Bust: 31 inches + 79 cm

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Sleeve Length from Outside Shoulder: 16 inches + 41 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  40 inches + 102 cm 

    Hem Length: 1.5 inches + 4 cm

    Zipper Length: 20 inches + 51 cm

    Seam Allowance: 1.5 inches+ 4 cm (per side) more in darts

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s black background brocade commercially made dress

    * Fabric design features bright blue sketched long stem roses

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Bodice with elbow length sleeves and deep oval scooped neckline

    * Shelf bust with self trim and centre front bow

    * Waist has a similar trim ith bow at front that sweeps down to hem at the back

    * Full cone shaped skirt with additional tucks for fullness

    * Unlined, serged seams, hand sewn hem

    * Back metal zipper

    * Label reads Jean Allen

    Jean Allen was a London-based fashion house operating in the 1950s through to the  High Street boom of the 1970s. The company produced fine quality fashion items. Sue Irving, an employee of the company in the 1970s recalled that “there was an actual Jean Allen who controlled the fashion house, at Cavendish Square London, she was married to a Mr Parry Billings who was instrumental in the day to day decisions. I only know this as I worked there in 1975. They used to source models from the London College of Fashion, Mr Billings always said that their girls knew how to walk properly!  They operated a factory in Italy where their designs came to life.” Pierre Balmain in Paris also supplied his models to Jean Allen designer House in London.

     

    Condition 

    Absolutely stunning cocktail dress in such a wonderful colour combination. Fabulous design and presentation, and in excellent vintage condition too. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue and Green Tulips Designer Dress- New! Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue and Green Tulips Designer Dress- New! Quick View
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    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue and Green Tulips Designer Dress- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue and Green Tulips Designer Dress- New!
    • Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue and Green Tulips Designer Dress- New!

    Late 1950s Early 1960s Blue and Green Tulips Designer Dress- New!

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    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Extra Small

    Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Under Bust: 29 inches + 74 cm

    Waist: 24 inches + 61 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15.5 inches + 39 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  43 inches + 109 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches +5 cm

    Zipper Length: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Seam Allowance: None

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s white crisp cotton background commercially made dress

    * Fabric design features large blue and green tulips with black leaves and stems

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with low squared neckline

    * Semi attached suspender straps in a v-shape at front and back

    * Inset of pin tucked self fabric highlighted with shiny black buttons

    * Straps feature small tulip pattern

    * Full skirt with knife pleating and featuring border of large tulips 

    * Unlined, pinked seams, hand sewn hem

    * Side metal zipper

    * Label reads Vicki Vaughn

     

    Vicki Vaughn

    Vicky Vaughn was the junior division of R & M Kaufmann, Inc in Aurora, Illinois.  The Kaufman brothers began making ladies dresses in the 1920s. They built their business by producing high quality but moderately priced dresses and sleepwear.  The company was able to keep prices low by mass producing garments in their own factories.  In fact, their motto was "Only the LOOK is expensive."  Sales grew steadily through the use of full page advertisements in Seventeen, Mademoiselle and Charm magazines as well as the use of live television commercials on shows such as "Beat the Clock."  The Kaufmann's also produced the Toni Todd line for misses sizes.  The company was sold to Russ Togs in 1969.

     

    Condition 

    Absolutely stunning novelty print dress with a fabulous tulip border. The bodice is amazing with so many features. It obviously was a quality dress as the contemporary advertisement shows.  It's in excellent condition too, looks hardly worn. Unfortunately missing the cute belt featured in the photo. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD) 1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD) Quick View
    • 1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD)
    • 1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD)

    1950s - 1960s Lilac and Chartreuse Floral Print Dress- New! (ON HOLD)

    Sold Out

    This product is sold out

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

    Under Bust: 33 inches + 84 cm

    Waist: 27 inches +69 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  41 inches + 104 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: 16 inches + 41 cm

    Seam Allowance: 0.5 inch+ 1.25 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous late 1950s-1960s  lilac background cotton commercially made dress

    * Fabric print features floral design in yellow, chartreuse and purple

    * Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Sleeveless bodice with deep oval neckline

    * Princess seamed to below hipline with large gathered panel to hem

    * Self fabric ribbon winds through the entire circumference with bow at left front

    * Unlined, serged seams, hand sewn hem

    * Low back with metal zip closure

    * Label reads: Lee Jay Models, Made in England

     

    Condition 

    I don't know about you but I absolutely adore the colour combination of purple and chartreuse!! This combination is particularly fetching with different hues. It's in excellent condition too with no flaws of note. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.

     

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    • 1950s Rainbow Striped Taffeta New Look Dress- New!
    • 1950s Rainbow Striped Taffeta New Look Dress- New!
    • 1950s Rainbow Striped Taffeta New Look Dress- New!
    • 1950s Rainbow Striped Taffeta New Look Dress- New!

    1950s Rainbow Striped Taffeta New Look Dress- New!

    $290.00 AUD

    Measurements

    Size: Small

    Bust: 34 -35 inches + 86 -89 cm

    Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm

    Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

    Hips: Free

    Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15.5 inches + 39 cm

    Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107 cm 

    Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

    Zipper Length: none

    Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side)

    Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.

     

    Description

    * Gorgeous 1950s black back ground taffeta dress

    * Fabric design features stripes in all colours of the rainbow

    * Classic New Look silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

    * Bodice with square neckline and cap sleeves with peaks

    * Fully buttoned at centre front with black shiny buttons with rhinestone centres

    * Full panelled skirt with wide sweep

    * Unlined, raw seams, hand sewn hem

    *Unlabelled but expertly made 

     

    Condition 

    This spectacular dress is in excellent condition for its age, iin fact it looks hardly worn. No issues of note. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

     

    Shop Policies

    Availability
    This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.


    Postage
    We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

    LayBys/Layaways
    Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

    Alterations
    Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

    Special Orders
    If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!

    Photography
    Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.