Vintage 1950s Checkered Koret of California Dress- New!

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SKU #1842


Size: Small

Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

Under Bust: 33 inches + 82 cm

Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm (suitable for 26 inch waist as you need room to manoeuvre)

Hips: Free

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  41 inches + 104 cm 

Hem Length: 2 inches + 5 cm

Zipper Length: none

Seam Allowance: 0.75 inches+ 2 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.



* Beautiful 1950s cotton blend commercially made dress

* Fabric design features large squares in pinks, golds and orange

* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt

* Sleeveless bodice with turnover collar and shirt front opening

* Wooden buttons secure the opening at front

* Full knife pleated skirt with slightly elasticised waist

* The shirtfront opens to waist only and the elasticised waist helps with dressing

* Unlined, serged seams, hand sewn hem

* Label reads Koret of California

Koret of California was founded in 1939 by Stephanie and Joe Koret. Joe was a traveling salesman when he married Stephanie and she often traveled with him, modeling the sweaters he was selling. When customers began asking for skirts to match the sweaters, Koret began making a style they called the Trikskirt. The Trikskirt used a drawstring and a series of stitched pleats to create a well-fitting skirt that was adjustable. In only two years Koret made over a million dollars.

Koret went on to develop other products including pants that had a better fit (Slim Hip Slax) and permanently pleated skirts (Pleetskirt). They developed a full range of sportswear and even more formal attire such as suits. They were a leader in the separates market, producing lines with many different coordinating pieces. They also became known for a special no-iron fabric they developed called Koratron.

In the 1979, a year after Stephanie’s death, Koret was bought by Levi Strauss and in the early 1980s Joe passed away. Koret continued as part of the Kellwood Corporation until 2012. Today the line is sold at mid priced stores like Macy’s. (Courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)



I really can't emphasise how lovely this dress looks. Everything comes together perfectly to present a dress with exceptional style and one that you can easily accessorise to showcase different looks.Its in excellent condition too. The only evidence of being worn is that a side seam needs a couple of stitches - an easy fix. If you need more room to slip dress on or off a side zipper could be easily installed. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.


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