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Cheers to the unique charm and allure of vintage fashion! Hard to find vintage textiles essentially turn each dress into a piece of wearable art and you, in turn, turn them into a thriving piece of fashion history. Have Some Fun, Turn Some Heads….Wear Vintage…

Here's a Marvelous and Rare vintage 1940's going on 1950's purple Bird of Paradise hand painted Hawaiian ALFRED SHAHEEN cotton sun dress. Enjoy!

Measurements of Dress:

Bust: 28”-30” (14”-15” one side of bodice to to other.)

Waist: 26”-27”(elasticized smocking at sides of bodice)

Hips: Open

Length: Approximately: 45 1/2”

Center Back Metal Zipper: 13 1/2”

Label: Alfred Shaheen

Fabric: Cotton

Vintage Condition: Very Good/Good. A fab piece with some flaws, there is wear/some tiny tearing to top edges of bodice, seems like the straps were attached or re-attached, at inside boning, one bottom bit is peaking out, there was tape over it, I suppose so that it wouldn't poke the prior owner when wearing, perhaps. There is a light linear swath of fade down right side of skirt which doesn't pop out of you when wearing because of drape and the nature of print. Some lightness/discoloration at top area of underarms that doesn't pop out at one when wearing. This piece presently has a 1/4” like hem with a raw edge on inner edge of inside. I think someone took in, or made adjustments, to the two front seams at either side of bodice, running down from the top edge of the bodice through bust to waistline. The elastic at sides of bodice has slackened, but does not look terrible by any means and will not stand out, if it fits one's figure tautly. A few little ghostlike stitches at lower bodice at those seams I mentioned above, primarily for a small bit at lower portion of right seam near waistline.

*Corsages/Flowers, crinolines, belts and jewelry, sometimes used in photos, are not included, unless stated otherwise.


*Vintage clothing is worn/pre-loved and has sometimes been in storage for a number of years or around the block, a launder/cleaning before wearing is always recommended. I clean some items, but ultimate launder or dry clean, before wearing, is the buyer’s responsibility. Vintage clothing has often had a long and varied life that I am not privy to. (Ahhhh, the stories some of those dresses could tell…wouldn’t that be great if they came with a little recording in the pocket of where they’ve been and what they’ve seen.) I digress, that being said, vintage clothing should be cleaned before wearing, items are sold estate fresh/as is. *I will describe any flaws that I notice. All vintage clothing is bound to have a trivial flaw here or there. Most of the pieces I list are between 25 and 60 years old and will have normal wear indicative of their age. If you have any questions, please ask before bidding. We, being, me, myself and I, mention anything obvious that we notice and TRY our “BEST-US.” I may miss something super minor that does not effect the overall look of the piece in any way. *Colors may vary from computer monitor to computer monitor and digital cameras sometimes pick up colors differently depending on color and lighting, so if you have specific questions about color, please ask. *We, want YOU to enjoy the unique and lovely pieces, that we carefully hand select, and have a MARVELOUS TIME IN THEM. That’s our goal, plain and simple, nothing more complicated than that. Let’s Be Marvelous, Let’s Have Fun! Why not? Sounds like a plan to us…ME!

Vintage ALFRED SHAHEEN 1950's 50's Rare Purple Blue Bronze Metallic Bird of Paradisae handprinted sun dress


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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