1950s Designer Red Silk Satin New Look Cocktail Dress New! ON HOLD

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$320.00 AUD
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Please note this dress is on hold and not available for sale


Size: Small

Bust: 34 - 35 inches + 86 - 89 cm

Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

Hips: open

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107 cm 

Hem Length: 1.5 inches + 4 cm

Zipper Length: 14 inches + 36 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.



* Stunning 1950s firebox red silk satin commercially made dress

* Classic New Look silhouette with a cinched waist and full skirt

* Dress is sleeveless with an inset oval notched neckline panel which widens at the back to form a collar.

* Faux opening down the front of the dress with decorative self-fabric buttons

* Self-fabric bow just below the notched collar and princess seaming either side

* Skirt is very full with wonderful drape

* Low v-shaped back with collar 

* In-seam pocket on right-hand side of the dress

* Back metal zipper, pinked seams, turnover hem (unstitched)

* Label reads Jonny Herbert Originals

The Jonny Herbert label produced sophisticated, junior-sized quality day, cocktail and evening dresses. The company was registered by John Buffa and Herbert Aptel in 1950 as a division on Sealove-Becker, Inc. By 1954 the company had expanded into the Midwest with a sales office in Chicago. Aptel later left the company but Buffa managed it until his death in 1973. I have not been able to track more detailed history of the company, although I must add that over the years I have owned a number of dresses from this label, and seen many more, and all are high quality, beautifully made and designed.




No notable flaws that I can see -  a sliver of thread can be seen on a couple of seams and stitching on hem a tad untidy but not visible at all from the front.

Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.



Simply gorgeous dress with some fabulous design details that really make it stand apart from the rest. One of the best Jonny Herbert dresses I have had the pleasure of owning. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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