1950s Asymmetrical Marilyn Wiggle Dress
An exquisite Marilyn-influenced wiggle dress from the late '50s, featuring a very contemporary asymmetrical design. She boasts a classic hourglass form in a mid-century modern print of tonal squares and blocks. With short sleeves and a round neckline, the dress features press studs at the waist and top neck, preventing gaping.
Oversized fabric-covered buttons take centre stage; offset and heading downward to a modest split, providing ease of movement. Crafted from a lightweight, almost semi-sheer cotton fabric, you may wish to add a slip to this piece.
There are no labels in this dress to give us an indication of commercial construction but it is finished to a commercial standard for the era, so it's feasible any labels have been removed. If it was made by a home sewer, they did so to an exceptional level.
Good condition with very minor issues. There are 4 pin holes (approx 1mm in size) and 2 nibbles (approx 3mm in size) but all are hidden in the pattern of the fabric and not noticeable when worn. We have super zoomed in/macro on these to show the flaws but they are very small indeed. Nevertheless, this is reflected in the price. The whole garment has been properly treated by us and is otherwise in great condition.
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: 38 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Cuff circumference: 12 1/2 inches
Length from shoulder to waist: 16 inches
Length from waist to hem: 24 inches
Alterations: There is no useable seam allowances but there is a 2" hemline for alterations.
Model Details: Our model, Miss Ruth, is 5'3"/160cm tall and normally wears a VV Size Bette (one size larger than this dress).