Vintage 1930s Black Taffeta Designer Gown and Jacket - NEW!

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Size: Small


Bust: 34 - 36 inches + 86 - 91 cm

Waist: 26 - 27 inches + 66 - 68 cm

Hips: 36 inches + 91 cm

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 16 inches + 39.5 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 60 inches + 152 cm 

Zipper Length: 10 inches + 25 cm


Sleeve Length from Outside Shoulder: 10 inches + 25 cm 

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 24 inches + 63.5 cm 

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.



* Mid to late 1930s black taffeta gown with matching jacket

* Classic silhouette with a defined waist and long draped skirt

* Dress has a sleeveless bodice with thin cream velvet straps

* Shelf gathered bust with velvet ribbon threaded through

* Skirt is narrow at hips and flares towards hem 

* Closed-in side metal zipper

* Jacket is hip length with attached self ties - not meant to meet at the bodice area

* Cream soutache braidwork on entire jacket

* Short puff sleeves

* Unlined, raw seams with hand-finished hem

* Label reads Dress Originators Guild of America

The Fashion Originators Guild (FOGA) was formed in 1932 to protect its members from piracy - a practice that was disturbingly rife during this period. The Guild and its members refused to sell any apparel to retailers who purchased dresses that the Guild found were direct copies or contained important elements of their members' designs. The Guild was particularly concerned with medium and high–priced, fashionable women's dresses and approved retailers were able to select their purchases from exclusive showrooms in New York. Although this system was effective in stemming the theft of garment designs, the Guild ran into trouble with the Federal Trade Commission in 1936 and in 1941 the Supreme Court held that the Guild’s practices violated the Sherman Antitrust Act, thus ending the use of self-help trade restrictions.


Excellent vintage condition.

It's in great condition for its age, a tiny bit of seam stress and the bottom of the zipper has a very slight nick hardly seen.

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 will be highlighted here.



A beautiful and sophisticated ensemble of the period.

The listing is for the dress only and does not include any other accessories that may have been photographed with the item. 

This item has not been pinned to the dress form.


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