1950s Australian Designer Black & Gold Polka Dot Dress- New!
Bust: 36 inches +91 cm
Under Bust: 32 inches + 81 cm
Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm
Length from Outside Shoulder: 19 inches + 48 cm
Zipper Length: 12 inches + 30 cm
Waist: 26 inches + 66cm
Total Length from waist band: 27.5 inches + 70 cm
Hem Length: 3.5 inches + 9 cm
Zipper Length: 7 inches + 18 cm
Note: Measurements taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam.
* Striking 1950s quality crisp black cotton dress set
* Fabric design features gold polka dots
* Painted swirl embellishment in gold paint
* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt
* Sleeveless bodice with notched neckline
* Bodice shoulders are also notched
* Bodice top can be worn under or over skirt
* Circle skirt with pellon stiffening for structure and fullness
* Unlined , raw seams with hand finished hem
* Back top with metal zipper, skirt with size metal zipper
* Label reads John J Hilton Individuals
Gyula Heitler, born in Bratislava in 1912, learnt from a young age how to buy and sell in his parents’ general store. Arriving from Europe in 1947, Gyula changed his name to John J Hilton and worked for his sponsor Alexander ‘Gigi’ Schwarz at Olympia Fashions, a dress shop in Pitt Street, Sydney. Then, together with his elder brother Emil, he started a business manufacturing ladies knitwear. Adopting the trading name, John J Hilton, they looked around for Australian creative-fashion opportunities and decided to focus on women in their mid-twenties and older, offering them elegant and durable dresses at a fair price. The business grew to 100 employees, with showrooms around Australia and representatives in Paris, New York and London. It was, in fact, one of Australia's largest women's fashion houses during the 1950s and '60s. The company's slogan was "It's a Honey, it's a Hilton". Hilton clothes were sold in all department stores. At its peak it made made more than 300,000 garments a year and Hilton was regarded as a doyen of the industry. John J Hilton was one of the first to export Australian fashion to Japan, as well as to Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and United States. A pioneer in the use of wool in women’s dresses, John J Hilton was the recipient of fashion awards, including the Australian Wool Award. Hilton ran the company until the 1970s, when it was taken over by Osti, in turn taken over by the Dunlop group. Hilton continued to run the John J. Hilton division of Dunlop until he retired from the business in 1978. (Courtesy of Design and Art Australia Online and SMH)
This dress set is in excellent condition for its age. No flaws that I can see, absolutely gorgeous!!! Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.
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