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This magnificent vintage 1940s - 1950s evening gown looks like it belongs in a Rita Hayworth or Elizabeth Taylor movie: it sparkles with pure Old Hollywood glamour. Tailored from sheer, shimmery grapefruit-coral pink organza, the dress has beautiful couture shaping: the shelf bust shows off eye-catching diagonal pleats, and the expertly fitted waist is pieced from twelve tapered gores that flare out into an elegant angel-trumpet-shaped skirt. The fabric catches the light in amazing ways and seems to glow softly: this is the perfect dress for a ballroom entrance worthy of Cinderella.

The lightweight top layer of organza fabric is sheer but has a slightly crisp, starchy feel to it. The dress is fully lined with shiny, rustly acetate, with a tulle ruffle sewn around the hem of the inner layer. A metal zipper closes the garment at the side (the side zipper is a sign of an older dress - 1940s or perhaps early 50s). The inner seams are pinked. There are no designer tags inside this dress, but it is definitely a professional-quality piece.

It isn't every day that you find a vintage dress this glorious! This coral-colored mid-century gem has ooh-la-la factor to spare.

For details on size, condition, and shipping, please read the sections below. For more wonderful vintage and antique fashions, gifts, and treasures, please visit aquamarinedream.etsy.com! Here are links to my clothing section, and to some other dresses you might like:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/aquamarinedream?section_id=7375633
https://www.etsy.com/listing/104854586/indigo-amethyst-chiffon-swirl-vintage
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154707510/vintage-50s-60s-chic-tuxedo-cocktail
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154577360/coral-creamsicle-vintage-50s-prom-dress

**PRICE REDUCED from $204 to $160 - 2015-07-24


{{Measurements}}

This dress has no size tags, but will best fit a modern size extra small to small. The fabric has no stretch, so please pay close attention to the measurements below:

Bust – 16 1/4 inches flat from underarm to underarm (32 1/2 doubled), plus an inch or two of extra room created by the seam shaping
Waist – 13 inches flat (26 doubled)
Hip - Free
Length – Full dress measures approximately 48 1/2 inches.


{{Condition}}

This dress is in very good to excellent vintage condition. It looks seldom worn and has no flaws that would be obvious to a casual observer. It does have a number of very tiny imperfections – there are a few strained stitches at the top of the gore seams in the back, and a number of tiny holes (nothing larger than the head of a pin). One or two tiny, faint smudges. Photo #4 shows closeups of all the imperfections I could find.

As you can see from the photos, the dress *looks* flawless unless you're scrutinizing it with a magnifying glass, and even then it still looks great! The fabric is bright and crisp. I steamed it, but it will look even more perfect after a professional cleaning.


{{Shipping}}

I live in Canada, and will be shipping via Canada Post. I apologize for their high rates! I will refund any overcharge on shipping over $1 -- I'm not out to make money on shipping fees.

US BUYERS: By default, I will use Expedited mail for this package. It is more pricey but it includes coverage and a tracking number, and is usually pretty fast. I will charge a flat rate of $20 and cover any additional amount. The delivery estimate is 4 to 6 business days. Express and Priority mail are also available for an additional charge. I am happy to combine shipping on multiple purchases whenever possible!

CANADIAN BUYERS: Expedited parcel post within Canada will be a flat rate of $20 (I will cover any additional amount). This service includes tracking, coverage and delivery confirmation. I am happy to combine shipping on multiple purchases, and within Canada, you can probably get quite a big box full of goodies for not too much extra shipping money.

OVERSEAS: I can ship this to the U.K. by XPresspost International mail for $90. This service is pricey, but it includes full insurance coverage and tracking. There is also a delivery guarantee of four business days (this does not include any time the package spends in customs, however). I will combine shipping for multiple purchases wherever possible - this could be a good way for you to save on postage. In certain cases I may consider sending this by Tracked Packet mail, which is less expensive at $58; this service includes tracking but only $100 CAD worth of insurance. The delivery estimate for Tracked Packet is 7 business days (this is only an estimate, not a guarantee).

Thank you! :)

Vintage Coral Grapefruit Organza Prom Dress 40s 50s Long Gown Wedding Shimmery Formal Princess Romantic Sweeping Shelf Bust Orange Evening

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