vintage 1940s black crepe & rhinestone gown, old hollywood glamor formal dress, womens size small

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vintage 1940s black crepe & rhinestone gown, old hollywood glamor formal dress, womens size small

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$120.00

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Vintage from the 1940s

HAS A FEW IMPERFECTIONS> PLEASE READ ALL.
This gown is gorgeous - a true Old Hollywood glam showstopper. The long, black crepe dress is covered with rhinestones on the front. It has a high neckline and long sleeves, covered buttons down the back and a gathered bow asymmetrically placed by the derriere. Truly stunning.
Damage to note - some of the buttons have lost part of their crepe coverings, or are showing light wear. Wearable as is, but replacing the buttons would really elevate the gown. There is a very small area just above the bow that shows fraying. It is along the outer button placket, so it does not affect the structural integrity of the dress. There is a wee seam split at the front center of the neckline- see my photos. The dress is overall still in amazing condition- all rhinestones are present. Hand cleaned (I gave it a light soak in Retro Clean) and ready to wear. Has shoulder pads (how else do you get that strong 40's shoulder) and short zippers at each wrist cuff.

Measurements:
chest- up to 35"
shoulder seam to shoulder seam, across the top- 15.5"
sleeve length from shoulder seam- 23"
waist- 24" to 26" max
hip- 38" plus a pinch of stretch
length from shoulder to waist seam in front- 16" (the back dips down about an inch)
length from waist to hem in front- 31"
Fabric has minimal stretch, please allow for "wiggle room."
Approximately a size small, shown on a US size 4 model, 5'5" tall.

I combine shipping on multiple items.

*MEASURING TIP*
My clothing measurements are taken with garments laying flat. Chest and hip measurements are doubled. The best way to utilize this is to take a similar garment you own and measure it laying flat, then compare your numbers with mine-they do not need to be exactly the same, just similar. If you know your body measurements, remember that some garments (especially non-stretch fabrics) require a few inches of wiggle room in areas such as the hip. See my "About" page for a tip on determining your body measurements.
Need help? Send me a message.
HAS A FEW IMPERFECTIONS> PLEASE READ ALL.
This gown is gorgeous - a true Old Hollywood glam showstopper. The long, black crepe dress is covered with rhinestones on the front. It has a high neckline and long sleeves, covered buttons down the back and a gathered bow asymmetrically placed by the derriere. Truly stunning.
Damage to note - some of the buttons have lost part of their crepe coverings, or are showing light wear. Wearable as is, but replacing the buttons would really elevate the gown. There is a very small area just above the bow that shows fraying. It is along the outer button placket, so it does not affect the structural integrity of the dress. There is a wee seam split at the front center of the neckline- see my photos. The dress is overall still in amazing condition- all rhinestones are present. Hand cleaned (I gave it a light soak in Retro Clean) and ready to wear. Has shoulder pads (how else do you get that strong 40's shoulder) and short zippers at each wrist cuff.

Measurements:
chest- up to 35"
shoulder seam to shoulder seam, across the top- 15.5"
sleeve length from shoulder seam- 23"
waist- 24" to 26" max
hip- 38" plus a pinch of stretch
length from shoulder to waist seam in front- 16" (the back dips down about an inch)
length from waist to hem in front- 31"
Fabric has minimal stretch, please allow for "wiggle room."
Approximately a size small, shown on a US size 4 model, 5'5" tall.

I combine shipping on multiple items.

*MEASURING TIP*
My clothing measurements are taken with garments laying flat. Chest and hip measurements are doubled. The best way to utilize this is to take a similar garment you own and measure it laying flat, then compare your numbers with mine-they do not need to be exactly the same, just similar. If you know your body measurements, remember that some garments (especially non-stretch fabrics) require a few inches of wiggle room in areas such as the hip. See my "About" page for a tip on determining your body measurements.
Need help? Send me a message.

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Size estimates provided in titles are approximations only. Please compare the actual garments measurements with something you already own. Please ask questions prior to buying.

I do not accept returns for fit, feel, weight, shade of color... I take pride (and gobs of time) in accurately describing each item. Buy with confidence, as I have been selling here over 10 years with great feedback. Don't hesitate to ask a question before buying.

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Please use the measurements and info provided in the item details. Letter and number sizing is an approximation. There is no industry standard on sizing, so it can be subjective. (This is why you might wear a 2 from one big box store and a 6 from another.) I urge you to use the measurements provided to determine your best fit.
My prices are fair and firm. Sorry, I don't give discounts.
When buying multiple items, shipping will auto-combine in your cart. On the rare occasion there will still be an overage. I refund overages exceeding $3.
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