Late 1950s One Shouldered Abstract Floral Cotton Dress - New!

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Size: Small

Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

Hips: open

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 40 inches + 102 cm 

Hem Length : 2 inches + 5 cm

Zipper Length: 12 inches +30 cm

Seam Allowance: Minimal

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.



* Late 1950s ribbed glazed cotton commercially made dress

* Fabric design features diagonal rows of an abstract floral pattern in grey, yellow. orange and brown

* Classic silhouette with a fitted waist and wide skirt

* Bodice features a single shouldered design 

* Skirt is gathered at the waist and quite full

 * Open side metal zipper with self-fabric belt

* Unlined, machined seams and hand-finished hem

* Label reads Sue Brett American Maid

Sue Brett Inc was established in August 1947 by Jack Baker, after trading under his own name for just over a year. He decided to change the name as people confused it with another Jack Baker also in the dress trade at that time. He chose Sue Brett, derived from the French “soubrette,” a theatrical term for a vivacious, flirty girl.  After all, his primary market for this label was the younger woman. Jack Baker built Sue Brett into one of the key labels for popular-priced dresses during the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies. Its lines were available at such major stores as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Dayton’s, Hudson’s, Marshall Field’s, and Ohrbach’s.  Based on 7th Avenue, New York, the company had grown so large by the 1960s that it required additional capacity in other parts of New York State and Pennsylvania. Sue Brett Inc owned a 160, 000‐square‐foot warehousing center in Secaucus, N.J., where merchandise was inventoried and from which shipments were made. In addition to its showroom and headquarters in New York.,Sue Brett has offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C. It ceased to operate by the mid-1980s.




No notable flaws that I can see, it is in great condition for its age. 

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.



Fabulous silhouette on this beauty coupled with an unusual colour combination. A real stunner. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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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.

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