Vintage 1960s De Weese Bright Floral Sundress- New!

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Size: Extra Small - Medium

Bust:  34 - 38 inches + 86 - 96 cm 

Waist: 24 - 28 inches + 71 cm

Hips: Free

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 16 inches + 41 cm (adjustable)

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  39 inches + 99 cm 

Hem Length: .75 inches + 2 cm

Zipper Length: none

Note: Measurements taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. 



* Wonderful 1960s textured acrylic dead stock designer sundress

* Fabric design features bold large tiger lilies in multi hues

* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and wide skirt

* Sleeveless sweetheart bodice with piping at neckline that doubles as thin straps

* Smocking at sides and back

* Built in bullet bra

* Very full skirt with inset pockets at each hip

* Lined bodice, serged seams with hand finished hem

* Low back with adjustable straps

* Label reads De Weese Designs

In 1934 Mary Ann Deweese entered the California clothing industry by designing for Los Angles Knitting Mills. She left to design sportswear for Sandeze, another California clothing house. She designed there for three years. Mary Ann then spent twelve years as head designer for Catalina, where she received world-wide acclaim as a designer.

She worked with top studio designers on suits for the stars and for many years designed the swimsuits worn in the Miss America pageant. She also worked with Schiaparelli. Mary Ann was credited with such innovations as texture use, including Jacquard knits and appliquéd stretch cottons. She also introduced “sweetheart” matching swimwear and sportswear for men and women.

Having reached peaked success with Catalina she decided to launch her own company in 1951, called “DeWeese Designs,” turning out high-fashion swimsuits and sundresses. Her early swimsuits were often decorated with fanciful appliques and rhinestones. In 1961 she designed the official U.S. team suits for the World Water Team Championships and the Olympics in 1960. Thelabel lasted until 1984. (Courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)



This dress is in mint condition for its age.  No notable flaws that I can see, dead stock with original swing tags. I have displayed the dress on two dress forms to show fit. The full version with petticoats is on a 2 - 4 US size dummy and the straight version without petticoats is on a 6 - 8 size dummy.  Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.


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