1960s King Cole Barkcloth Painted Rose Wiggle Dress

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This incredible wiggle/shift dress from the late 1950s/early 1960s features a green tonal barkcloth material with citrus lemon accents. Hand painted in turquoise with black stem and leaf detailing, the front and back of the garment boast a captivating rose design.

Its sleeveless, round neck bodice is simple in design, but allows the fabric to make a bold statement. The hand painted pattern repeats on the back of the dress.
An acetate facing encircles the neckline and arm holes, while a lapped side zip fastening with a nylon zipper provides closure. A true show stopper! Great for a cocktail dress but can also pass as daywear.


Very good vintage condition. The zipper has been replaced due to damage and a nylon zipper is in situ. There are a couple of tiny bobbles/pulls to the rear of the dress - please see photos. You need to look super close to see them. The rose is hand painted and as such there are a couple of turquoise paint dots, but this adds to it rather than detracts. 

Measurements and details

All vintage clothing is measured with the garment flat and measurements doubled for width. Please compare these measurements to a garment that fits you well as often there is very little or no give in vintage fabrics.

Bust: 36 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Hips:  38 inches
Length from shoulder: 36 1/2 inches

Fabric: Bark Cloth

Alterations: There is no usable seam allowances for alterations, but there is a hem allowance of 2" that can be utilised.

Model Details: Our model, Miss Victoria, is 5'4"/162.5cm tall and wears a VV Size Bette.