Vintage Late 1950s Sundress and Bolero Jacket Ensemble - New!
Bust: 34 - 36 inches + 86 - 91 cm
Waist: 27 inches + 69 cm
Shoulder Edge to Shoulder Edge: n/a
Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 16.5 inches + 42 cm
Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 43 inches + 109 cm
Hem Length : 2 inches + 41 cm
Zipper Length: 16 inches + 41 cm
Seam Allowance: 1 inches + 2.5 cm (per side)
Bust 36 inches + 91 cm
Length: 15 inches + 38 cm
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.
* Late 1950s white background crisp cotton dress and jacket ensemble
* Fabric design features la rose theme set in squares in fawn, mulberry and green
* Classic silhouette with a fitted waist and wide skirt
* Dress bodice is sleeveless with a sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps
* Skirt features wide box pleats at front and double-boxed pleats at back
* Self-fabric belt with a metal stay on each side of bodice
* Back with metal zipper
* Jacket has turnover notched collar, open front and short sleeves
* Bodice partially lined, serged seams and hand-finished hem
* Label reads Southwell of Auckland
Southwell of Auckland was formed in December 1953 by Travis Southwell, who was a travelling salesman who saw a gap in the local market for sophisticated apparel for young women. He employed Alma Kimber as his fashion designer. Travers solved the manufacturing issue by contracting his work to cut-make-trim businesses - small manufacturers who were able to undertake all the steps needed to produce the Southwell ranges ready for sale. Alma Kimber became known for her ability to interpret top fashion looks into a particularly wide range of styles: including young sophisticated casual wear and more formal day and evening wear, The garments were advertised in Vogue New Zealand and sold in retail and department stores across the country. Travers introduced additional labels, several that he made under licence, during the three decades he owned his business. Kelly Arden, Anjon Originals, Minima, Young Sophisticates, Sunseekers and American Cotton were also made by T G Southwell. Travers closed T G Southwell in 1986. The New Zealand Fashion Museum hold examples of this label in their own collection. (Information courtesy of the New Zealand Fashion Museum)
Excellent vintage condition.
No notable flaws that I can see, it is in fabulous condition for its age. One of the bone supports inside the dress has broken but does not affect the presentation of the dress. Fabric is unfaded and crisp.
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 above and beyond this will be highlighted here.
A fabulous ensemble from this noted New Zealand fashion house. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.
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