Detail: Classic late 1950s vintage cocktail dress with beautifully ruched bust-line construction and two tiered hemline. Pleated waistline to front and back. Built in tulle to separate the skirt's two layers to accentuate this typical period silhouette. Lovely abstract floral print. Fully lined.
Period: 1950s - late
Colour: Purples, blues and a hint of black
Sizing: Extra Small - Bust 32, Waist 24/5, Hips 36, Shoulder strap to neckline 5, Shoulder strap to waistline 15, Shoulder strap to first hemline 39 & second hemline 42 (Inches)
Fabric: Probably rayon that simulates a soft satin silk.
Condition: Very Good. One small hole to the left armpit. Not seen when worn.
Care: Dry Clean
Styling tip: Keep the accessories modern and subtle to maximize the elegance of this piece.
1950s: Femininity and grace were now predominant in the post-war fashion aesthetic. The glamour of Hollywood also had a profound effect on 50s styling which embraced elegant and sophisticated lines to emphasis sex appeal. (comment on print design that was driven more by product and interior design) The introduction of new and easy-care fabrics encourage fashion innovation that lead to the box cut and semi fitted 'sack' shapes that started to surface at the end of the decade.
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