Vintage Late 1950s Designer Cotton Sailor Dress - NEW!

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Size: Extra Small


Bust: 32 - 34 inches + 81  -  86 cm

Waist: 24-25 inches + 61 - 63.5 cm

Hips: Open

Outside Shoulder to Outside Shoulder: 14.5 inches + 37 cm

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder to Natural Waist: 14.5 inches + 37bcm

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder to Dropped Waist 17.5 inches +44.5 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 41.5 inches + 106 cm 

Hem Length : 3 inches + 8 cm

Zipper Length: 23 inches + 59 cm

Seam Allowance: Minimal

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.



* 1950s navy, good quality cotton, commercially made dress

* Classic silhouette with a fitted waist and full skirt

* Sleeveless bodice with jewel neckline

* Dropped waist but defined at the natural waist for shape

* Navy and white piping at armholes and neckline

* Bodice has an embroidered red, white and blue anchor at centre bust

* Dropped waist us decorated with white MOP buttons

* Back with metal zipper

* Unlined, raw seams with hand-finished hem

* Label reads  Mr Mort

Mr Mort

Mr. Mort was founded in 1952 by Mortimer Goldman. The ready-to-wear company was based on 7th Avenue, New York and produced mid-priced but very fashionable dresses. Stan Herman, who had worked as a designer at various other clothing companies, was appointed the head designer at Mr. Mort in 1959. Herman’s designs were at the cutting edge of fashion - he was one of the first to show dresses over pants. During his career, Herman won three Coty Fashion Awards and was also awarded the Geoffrey Beane Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Mr Mort ceased production in the early 1980s. All of the dresses I have seen of this label have been fabulous, stylish well-made pieces. And  this is an excellent example.



Excellent vintage condition.

No notable flaws that I can see, it is in great condition for its age. 

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.



Fabulous documented designer dress.  Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.

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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