1950s Dramatic Sailor Cotton Designer Dress - New!
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As a guide we provide general sizing categories as well as actual bust waist and hips sizes. Our general sizing guide is as follows:
- Extra Small US size 2, AUS size 6, UK size 4
- Small US size 4-6, AUS size 8-10, UK size 6-8
- Medium US size 8-10, AUS size 12-14. UK size 10-12
- Large US size 12, AUS size 16, UK size 14
- Extra Large US size 14-16, AUS size 18-20, UK size 16-18
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Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm
Waist: 26.25 inches + 67 cm
Bodice: 15 inches + 38 cm ( adjustable due to halter)
Total Length: 42 inches + 107 cm
* Vintage 1950s French blue crisp cotton sundress
* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt
* Strapless bodice with inset colour block panels in red and white
* Bodice is boned for support
* Three self covered large buttons below bust
* Bib can be attached via buttons to transform it into a halter - one side is red and other is French blue
* Gathered full skirt
* Working back metal zipper
* Label reads: Donovan Galvani of Dallas
On graduation from university in 1933, Albert Galvani worked in the local fashion industry for close to twenty years. Starting out as an assistant controller, he ultimately worked his way up the ladder to become vice president of the Reliance Manufacturing Company. In 1953 he moved to Dallas to take up a position as executive vice president of Justin MCarty Inc. Just two years later he purchased Donovan Manufacturing Company, renaming it Donovan-Galvani of Dallas.
The company marketed its products initially to small-town dress shops and later, as the business grew, to more exclusive boutiques. The label promised to provide 'champagne styling at working-girl prices' producing quality garments for a range of clientele and budgets. His success was assured, so much so that he was one of the first to introduce profit-share arrangements and pension plans for his dedicated and talented employees.
For each of the succeeding 23 years, Donovan-Galvani exceeded planned increases in sales and earnings, rising to become one of the leading manufacturers of women's apparel in Texas. Albert was proud of the fact that when he sold the business in 1980, both the profit sharing and pension plans remained in tact and were received in full by his dedicated employees when the company was subsequently dissolved ten years later.
This exceptional dress is in excellent vintage condition for its age, and free from any notable flaws. The versatility of the design is shown in photos 4, 5 and 6.This is a rare opportunity to purchase such a beautifully tailored and unusual design. Shown with a crinoline and ribbon belt for presentation purposes only and not included in the sale. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.
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.
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