Vintage 1950s Cole of California Designer Dress - New!
Size: Extra Small - Small
Bust: 32 - 34 inches + 81 - 86 cm
Waist: 22 - 25 inches + 56 - 63.5 cm
Bodice Length: 16 inches + 41 cm
Total Length: 42 inches + 132 cm
Hem Length: None
* Gorgeous 1950s quality cream background cotton sun dress
* Floral design with lilac, purple, light and dark blue flowers with green leaves
* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt
* Sweetheart neckline with single halter straps (adjustable)
* Bodice features shelf bust with elaborate draping
* Shirred fabric to sides and back
* Boning in bodice for structure
* Wide skirt, almost full circle
* Unlined, pinked and serged seams with machined hem hem
* Low back, dress pulls on over head
* Label reads Cole of California
Cole of California started as a swimwear division of the West Coast Manchester Knitting Mills. West Coast was a maker of men’s long knit underwear, owned by the Cole family. In 1925 son Fred Cole, who had been working as an actor, was convinced to join the family business. He did not find making underwear very interesting, so he decided to make bathing suits that had a glamorous, Hollywood edge.
From 1936 through 1972, the company’s head designer was former theatrical designer, Margit Felligi. Felligi was responsible for many innovations in the swimwear and sundress industry - such as the use of Lastex fabric, nylon and spandex. She was known for her creative use of fabrics.
The company is still producing swimwear, and there is a sister company, Anne Cole, Information courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild.
This highly collectable 1950s dress is in excellent condition for its age, with no faults that I can see. The hem may have been shortened at some point but it remains a good length. The shirring is in excellent condition and beautifully done, as only Cole of California can do. The draping on the bodice is a masterpiece! Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.
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