Vintage 1950's Designer Lilac Hydrangeas Cotton Dress - New!

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SKU #1589


Size: Small 

Bust: 34 inches +  86.36 cm

Waist: 26.5 inches + 67.31 cm

Bodice Length: 15 inches + 38.10 cm (shoulder to natural waist)

Top Length: 18.25 inches + 46.35cm (shoulder to dropped waist)

Width at Dropped Waist: 32 inches + 81.28 cm (point where top joins skirt)

Total Length: 39.5 inches + 100.33 cm



* Late 1950s wonderful lilac and purple hydrangea print on ivory cotton dress

* Classic silhouette with fitted bodice and full skirt

* Show-stopping diagonal scalloped neckline with single shoulder strap

* Row of cut-out self-fabric appliques adorn neckline 

* Single pocket set in side seam

* Long side metal zipper

* Label reads Carolyn Schnurer

Carolyn Schnurer's fashion career spanned twenty years, lasting from 1944 until her retirement in 1964. Her popular casual clothing designs encouraged leisure time activities for the American woman. She also encouraged American fashion designers to take influences from cultures outside of America and to a lesser extent Europe. 

Schunrer was noted for her culturally-inspired resort collections. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art ,her globally inspired designs  "typically featured one or two understated thematic details in the cut or fabric, while maintaining a classic American silhouette".

In 1956, Schunrer's fashion line was reportedly making seven million dollars a year in sales. She was equally successful in textile design, as well as fashion design because of her unique textile prints. Examples of her work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's archives.


The photos can attest to the stunning presentation of this dress, not only in colour, design and cut but also in its excellent condition. The only issue of note that I can see is that the hem may have been shortened at one point from the original length. Apart from that it is a quality, well-constructed dress.

Shown with a crinoline which are not included.

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