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

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SKU #1842


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.



* 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.



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.


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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.

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.

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 :)

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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