1950s Velvet & Taffeta Prom Cocktail Dress
This outrageously charming 1950s Little Black Dress is the find of a lifetime. So timeless, so elegant, so wearable!
The contrasts in texture give it so much interest. First, the gorgeous sweetheart neckline, embellished with metallic studs, faux pearls and diamanté paste in swirls, and the lovely short sleves with subtle notched detail. Then, the flattering shape: it has a waist line centre, but gives the impression of a dropwaist/godet effect. The velvet of the top of the skirt forms into triangular points onto the taffeta lower skirt which features horizontal velvet stripes of different widths. These catch the light: particularly bewitching out on the dance floor. The dress closes with a side metal zip fastening and proudly boasts a union label.
Speaking of the skirt, this one rates very highly on the swish-o-metre. There's the wonderful volume and rustling character of the taffeta, to begin with. It's also very very full, and can accommodate the fluffiest petticoat you can find (or even several at the same time.) You can see our selection of petticoats here.
Exquisite, barely worn condition
MEASUREMENTS & 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: 44 inches
Waist: 36 inches
Hips: 62 inches
Length from shoulder: 42 inches (with additional 4 inches available in hem)
Sleeve opening: 14 inches
Hem: 4 inches
Our Model, Miss Darcey, normally wears a VV Size Faye.
Please note our Authentic Vintage items are not held at the boutique location as it's just too small! We're able to arrange for items to be sent there if you wish to try them on, however this will need to be requested - drop us a line via our contact page to arrange!
Less than 1/2" seam allowance for alteration
4 x 1/2" darts to bodice front and 2 x 1/2" darts to bodice back