Vintage 1950s Purple Sharkskin Taffeta Cocktail Dress- New!

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$262.00 USD
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Size: Small

Bust: 34 - 35 inches + 86 - 89 cm

Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

Hips: open

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 45 inches + 114 cm 

Zipper Length: 14 inches + 36 cm

Hem Length: None

Seam Allowance: None

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.



* Stunning late 1950s commercially made cocktail dress

* Fabric is an iridescent wine coloured taffeta dress - also known as sharkskin

* Classic silhouette with a fitted waist and full skirt

* Bodice with a sweetheart neckline and halter straps

* Red saddle stitching along placket edge with red button closure

* Pleated shelf bust

* The straps are decorated with aurora borealis sequins

* Extremely wide skirt with pleating either side of the waist

 * Unlined, pinked seams and machined hem hem

* Side metal zipper and boning inside bodice

* Unlabelled but looks professionally made




No notable flaws that I can see - a couple of faint marks on the skirt but can hardly be seen when worn due to the iridescence of the fabric.

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.



Incredibly beautiful dress that really flatters the bust and waistline. So much movement to the dress too, courtesy of the reflective fabric and the crisp taffeta.


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Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. This option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from pick-up.

This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.

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Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

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