1980s Does 1940s Velvet Trim Laura Ashley Style Floral Dress
This dress could easily be mistaken as a Laura Ashley piece, due to its mid-80s style that has become landmark for the brand.
From the boutique Kerena label, its quality is equally as good; featuring a muted floral print with a tapestry effect and sumptuous velvet trim in the cuffs, collar, and buttons. Artfully double-breasted with eight buttons, it can be worn either closed or open for a revere-style look. The long sleeves show off gathering and a subtle puff at the shoulder, harking back to 1940s glamour, and the double-breasted design nods to the 80s power dynamics, while also evoking the 'make-do-and-mend' ethos of the 40s when women transformed mens suits for themselves. A downward pointing waist again echoes the 80s influence, and the pleated skirt adds a fullness to complete the look.
It is the perfect seasonal transition dress.
Excellent condition, no flaws or issues of note.
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.
There is approximately 1-2" of comfort stretch in the fabric, but the waist is fixed.
Bust: 37 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Sleeve length: 24 inches
cuff circumference: 8 inches
Length from shoulder to waist: 17 inches
Length from waistband to hem: 26 1/2 inches
Fabric: Acrylic with cotton velvet trim
Alterations: There is approximately 1/2" of useable allowance in each internal seam and a 2 3/4" hem and a spare velvet button on the inseam.