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-1940's - 1950's early tina leser indian inspired design by foreman in a dan river fabric! ... the colors are more rich and saturated in person. (pictures look washed out)

Tina Leser (1910-1986) was born Christina Wetherill Shillard-Smith, in 1910. She was born into an affluent Philadelphia family that traveled the world. Leser attended first the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then the Sorbonne, in Paris.

In 1931, at the age of 21, Tina married Curtin Leser, and the two of them moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. It was here that Tina Leser began her career in fashion. She opened a shop in 1935, in which she sold clothing that she designed.

In 1940, Tina Leser went to New York on a buying trip and to try and sell her designs. Partly through the influence of Harper’s Bazaar editor, Carmel Snow, she placed an order with Saks for 500 garments. She continued to live and work in Honolulu, but in 1941 decided to open a business in New York. In 1942 she moved to New York. There she ran her company until the next year, when she became the designer at Edwin H. Foreman. It was at Foreman, that Tina Leser developed the international style for which she became famous.

In the postwar era, India was very much in the news, and in Tina Leser’s mind. Having spent part of her childhood in the country, it was natural that India’s move toward independence would inspire her to base many of her designs on the country’s ethnic clothing. She began the first of many designs based on the fabrics, colors and shapes of Indian traditional clothing. ...this dress is an excellent example of this!

Tina Leser left Foreman in 1953 to form her own company, Tina Leser Originals.

(courtesy of vfg)


-classic bombshell silhouette with a fitted bodice and a full circle skirt

-amazing designer details throughout... with tucks at the bodice that create diagonal pleats, sexy peek-a-boo cutout with additional tucking, and boning at the sides of the bust

-medium weight woven (not printed) cotton with the coordinating attached shawl in a lighter gauzy cotton

-the shawl has two loops that can be attached to a button at the inside of the bodice

-bodice lined in a coordinating sold gray cotton

-gorgeous gold embroidered waist band

-side metal zipper

*i upload large pictures, so please use the zoom feature at the bottom right corner of each picture for a closer look.


measurements:

(measurements given are ''actual'' measurements of the item. please consider your individual comfort and compare measurements accordingly)

bust-35-36", waist-27-28", length of skirt from waist to hem-26"


condition:

excellent- looks to have been worn little and well taken care of. could use an initial cleaning as she's a little musty from storage, but otherwise amazing! price adjusted accordingly.


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p a y m e n t: once a purchase is made, payment should be received immediately unless prior arrangements have been made. we accept paypal and postal money orders. traven7 also offers layaway if needed.

l a y a w a y : we like to have at least 20% down to start, if possible. if not, just convo us to work it out. here's how it works-

-make the purchase and checkout with “other”

-convo us immediately to let us know how much you can put down and also give us a schedule of dates with payments that will work best for you – we like to have it paid-in-full in about two months, but if you need more time – again, convo us and we’ll work it out.

-we’ll send you a pay pal invoice for the down payment and schedule you for future invoices.

If you have any questions, just let us know… hope this helps!


m e a s u r e m e n t s: measurements given are ''actual'' measurements of the item, taken flat on the outside and doubled. with clothing, please consider your individual comfort and compare measurements accordingly.

d i s p l a y: I use one form to display a wide range of sizes, so some items may be pinned for proper fit. Also, some items, such as crinolines and jewelry, are used for display purposes ONLY and ARE NOT INCLUDED with the item listed - unless otherwise noted. please note that colors may vary from one computer screen to another, contact us before purchasing, for a better description of color if it is important to you.

c o n d i t i o n: all items are sold in ''as found'' condition. due to the unique nature of vintage clothing, there might be the occasional slight or trivial imperfection. although we take great care of the used garment(s) once they reach us, they have had a previous life. vintage items are sold "as is". most items are previously owned/used. anything out of the ordinary will be accurately indicated in the item description. due to various storage environments, some items may benefit from laundering, or dry cleaning prior to use.

m i n t : pristine, no signs of wear.
 possibly deadstock/never worn w/original tags.

n e a r m i n t : like new, no notable flaws.

e x c e l l e n t : signs of normal wear/age, no notable flaws.

v e r y g o o d : noted minor flaws, easily repairable or already repaired, wearable as purchased.

g o o d : noted minor flaws, most likely repairable or already repaired, wearable with care or after repair.


f a i r : numerous noted flaws, some significant, possibly repairable/wearable.


p o o r : damaged beyond repair with value as a study piece, not wearable.


s h i p p i n g:

DOMESTIC shipping via priority mail with deliver confirmation. smaller items under $50 may ship via first class mail in order to save you money and this will be noted in listing.

INTERNATIONAL shipping must ship via international priority mail for items up to $250 USD as pay pal requires a tracking number. and international express mail for items over $250, as pay pal requires a tracking number AND a signature. sorry, these aren't our rules. and we know that some sellers are willing to incur the risks of using less expensive services, however we believe that these policies are in place to help protect both buyers and sellers and therefore help to insure a safe and pleasant transaction. we hope you understand.

we are always looking for ways to save you money on shipping, so if you have any ideas on services that are more cost efficient AND meet pay pal's requirements, please let us know and we'll be happy to look into it.



ALL SALES ARE FINAL - So please ask questions prior to purchase.

vintage 1940's dress ...most amazing rare early designer TINA LESER asymmetrical cotton full circle skirt pin-up dress with shawl

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