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50s Vintage Black Satin Strappy Draped Cocktail Dress S

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Dating from the late 1950s to early 60s by my estimate, this simple, elegant dress has no label and I can't tell if it was commercially made or expertly homemade. It is constructed of weighty black satin which a thread-burn test makes me believe is rayon. It is not lined. The fitted bodice has narrow piping around its top and there are pairs of black velvet ribbon straps. I believe the dress could be worn strapless, and may have originally been...by the way they are sewn in, the straps seem to have been added later. The bodice has two lower front (under bust) bones and two back bones. There is a side covered metal zipper. Narrow piping is at the waist, and the skirt front has beautiful asymmetrical draping. It can be arranged in a couple different ways; I show it how I liked it. There is an overlapped 6" slit on the side front at the hem.

Condition: Very good. There are spots of shine (beyond the satin's shine), the fabric either having been pressed or in some other way flattened. This does not spoil the dress, but it does take away from its excellence a bit. In the last square I show two photos that are an attempt to give an idea of this. The larger shot is of the hem in back, the most obvious area I could find.

Size: Small, about a US size 6 by my estimate.

Bust-about 35" (19.5" across the front, 15.5" across the back)
Hip-39" (with some extra room by the way the front of the skirt is cut)
Top of strap to waist-16"
Waist to hem-27"

Please note: I measure the dimension of the item itself, and you will need to consider what size you would want the item to be to fit well on you.

50s Vintage Black Satin Strappy Draped Cocktail Dress S


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
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