Vintage 1950s Plaid Woven Wool Designer Dress - New!
Bust: 38 inches + 96.5 cm
Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm
Bodice Length From Outside Shoulder: 16 inches + 41 cm
Total Length: 44 inches + 112 cm
* Vintage 1950s woven wool blend dress
* Plaid design in yellows, creams and black
* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and full skirt
* Sleeveless fitted bodice with V-neckline trimmed with self- bow
* Full skirt creates chevron design at front middle seam
* Bodice at back features low squared back
* Working side metal zipper with hip pocket on opposite side
* Label reads Wanalyn by John Wanamaker
John Wanamaker & Co was one of the first department stores in the USA. Founded by John Wanamaker in Philadelphia in 1861, the Grand Depot store showcased a multitude of goods, furnishings and men's clothing. Although several years later it expanded to include women's clothing. It even manufactured some of its own clothing lines directly at the facility.
A marketing pioneer, Wanamaker introduced the “Money Back Guarantee” and was also the originator of the “White Sale” He was also one of the first store owners to clearly mark the price on the item itself.
In 1902 the store was replaced by an extravagant new Wanamaker’s store complete with nine floors of retail space. The store's decor was lavish and expensive and so were the products that it sold. After his death, family members continued to run the business which eventually expanded to sixteen locations.
The Wanamaker name was synonymous with quality and showcased many high-end goods and designer labels from all over the world. However, the rise of budget retail department stores, eventually saw its demise as it couldn't compete with the lower prices of these retailers. In 1978, Wanamaker was sold to Carter Hawley Hale stores. Since that time the Philadelphia flagship store has changed names several times, and is now Macy’s.
This beautiful dress is in excellent vintage condition for its age. No notable flaws that I can see. This rare dress presents beautifully!!
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