1950s Gold Maple Leaf Flocked Cocktail Party Dress
A darling cocktail dress from the 1950s!
The base is an acetate rayon that has hand-painted gold Japanese maple leaf throughout, and black flocked "shadow" leaves all over. She has a grown on cap sleeve and a shallow V neck with asymmetric seam across the front of the bodice like a faux cross over, and a squared off neckline to the back. This beauty was made for sipping martinis into the wee hours.
The skirt is full enough to accommodate a petticoat for additional fullness if desired.
There is some fading to areas of the flocking as is commensurate with flocked dresses of this age, mostly around the middle areas but as the flocking is black on black it really isn't very noticeable and the shadow of the flocked leaves are still visible created a consistent aesthetic throughout. The painted leaves are all in remarkably good shape with no fading and the structure of the dress and fabric is sound and strong.
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: 42 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Hips: 54 inches
Length from shoulder 45 inches
There is 1.5" useable hem, around 1/2" in each of the seam allowances in the skirt and 1" in the bodice seams for alterations.
Our model Miss Tanya normally wears a VV size Esther and is 5'6" tall.