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This sophisticated and glamorous Vintage 1940's Cranberry Red Crepe Gown sparkling with beaded and rhinestone sleeves captures the subtle elegance allowed during WW2. American flag colors in variations of red, white and blues reflected patriotic support for our boys and girls in the war effort and were popular in clothing, hats and costume jewelry.

This gown is a chameleon of color being quite a luminous cranberry red in the sunlight (as shown in the photo) and a much darker cranberry red inside under artificial light. The bodice is a very classic mid-1940's style with; sweetheart neckline, short full sleeves that gather at the top adding some extra shoulder width, a slightly full blouse-n style that ends at the natural waist. There are lovely accents at each shoulder where the material is belted and gathered, and then gathered again in the same area at the waist to produce the popular 40's ruching effect. The back of the bodice has 2 pleats on each side at the top and the waist to give some curvy shaping. The sleeves have gorgeous double spirals and waterfalls of hand beading, faceted clear bugle beads interspersed with clear rhinestones in pronged settings.

The skirt has three panels that form a columnar effect with a slight flare at the hem, accented by a short slit in the front center. The gown has the classic 1940's heavy metal side zipper for easy access as it slips over your head. There are 2 pin holes you can see in photo 3 front center where I would guess a huge glamorous brooch was placed. Perfect for you luminous ladies who want to show off your 1940's costume jewelry brooches in vintage style. There are belt hoops and no belt, which is so often the case for these WW2 dresses where belts were multi- purpose as were buttons. A ribbon belt would be gorgeous! There are a few condition issues that I mention below, but for the most part this dress is in great wearable vintage condition. In this election year, a perfect dress for vintage style 'political parties' or holiday celebrations! (va 0108)

shoulders 16 1/2"
bust 42"
waist 36"
hips 40"
length 55"
sleeve length 9 1/2" arm hole circumference 18"
Excellent (There may be a few rhinestones missing on each sleeve, it is hard to tell because the design has them scattered here and there amongst the beading. There are a few beads missing on each sleeve (see photo 5, I have photo close-up's of both sleeves if you want to see them) and I left the loose threads for you to work with if you want to repair that, though there are so many beads you don't really see it and may just want to tie them off. There is a 1/16" hole on the back of the skirt that you can only see if you hold it up to the light. Pin hole next to left sleeve.)

Vintage 1940's Cranberry Red Gown Rayon Crepe Beaded Rhinestone Sleeves Patriotic WW2 Color Goddess Plus Size


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: rayon crepe fabric, cranberry red color, short sleeves, sweetheart neckline, faceted clear bugle beads, prong set clear rhinestones, double spiral waterfall design, metal side zipper, full length skirt, ruched bodice accent, hand beaded, classic 1940s design, slit skirt
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