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An absolutely stunning 1950’s party/prom dress in a wonderful deep purple chiffon ! The style typifies the 50’s - oh so feminine and figure flattering – narrow draped bodice, designed to enhance the bust and accentuate a tiny waist – with a twirling full skirt. The color is fabulous – it reminds me of a mouthwatering grape crush. No maker’s label remains, but a vintage union label confirms this dress was professionally made. No fabric contents label but this is synthetic - likely a nylon blend.

Note the details on this striking dress – flattering sweetheart neckline, ruched chiffon bodice, tapered shoulder straps, fabulous heavily beaded cummerbund, rear double sashes, and especially the full chiffon skirt. There are four layers to the skirt – a muslin underskirt to give the skirt extra body, a middle single layer of purple tulle, a plum acetate lining, topped with a floating overlayer of purple chiffon. The dress is photographed using a crinoline to show the skirt to full advantage – the crinoline is not included.

The dress closes down the rear with a hidden metal zipper. The entire dress is lined in plum satin acetate.

No vintage size label, so please see measurements below for proper fit. This is an extra small size which would only fit a modern size 0 or 2.


Bust – 31-32”
Waist –23-24”
Hips – full
Length – 40.5”
Torso length – 15.5” (natural waist to top of shoulder strap)
Skirt length (waist to hem) – 25”


This dress is in excellent vintage condition. No holes or tears and underarms are clean. Beading decoration appears intact. There are of course numerous snags and picks typical of chiffon skirts of this era. No significant defects to note.

See my other listings for more stunning 50’s party/prom dresses, including several similarly sized gowns. Combination shipping is available at cost.

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