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DESCRIPTION: By design house Tabak of California and from the estate of its head designer, Irene Saltern, is this sleek desk-to-dinner dress, ca. mid 60s, early mod style. We believe this was a runway sample, worn only by the model. Made of mid-weight worsted wool in a rich cream or deep winter white, offers body-skimming fit with flattering princess darts and unusual shoulder seaming. Shaped waistline, slimmer than the typical 60s' shift dress, back nylon zip. Short length, slightly above the knee to mini length, depending on your height. The narrow collar "sash" is attached to the dress, but can be removed (removal should be considered permanent, as you'll have to snip the thread loops off the dress), leaving a simple jewel neckline. We're including the little brooch shown with the dress. Lined in high-quality, silky acetate taffeta.

SIZE: About a size 4, up to a 6 (depending on your hip measurement); shown on my 34 1/2" - 27" - 36" dress form. BUT, don't go by my estimate--use the dress measurements and yours. We suggest you measure a similar garment you own to determine fit. Since the fabric doesn't stretch, please leave room for your body--at least 1 to 2 inches over your own measurements.

Bust: 36 1/2" (accounting for ease; best for a B or C cup); Waist: 30 1/2""; Hip: 36 1/2"; Shoulder to Shoulder: About 14 1/2"; Length: 35 1/4" down center back; Hem Circumference: 36 3/4" (pencil or wiggle shape)

CONDITION: Excellent; would be near mint except that there were back waist darts, which were meticulously let out. This is why we feel the dress was a runway piece--it's a labeled production piece, but this estate includes many runway samples, and alterations were sometimes made to fit the particular model who wore them. The alteration is barely visible on the lining, and not noticeable on the wool shell.

Irene Saltern was for years head designer for Tabak of California. She was a film costume designer in the 30s & 40s, the favorite designer of actress Martha Scott and dancer Ann Miller. She started designing commercially in the late 40s. In addition to working for Tabak, one of the leaders of the California sportswear industry, she was head designer for Phil Rose and other firms, including her own label. Her apparel and sketches have been featured in the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she is widely credited for pioneering the separates for which the California sportswear industry was famous. I have a huge collection from her estate. Some of these are runway samples, spec or sample pieces, and pieces from her own personal wardrobe. Ms. Saltern's timeless designs, along with their exquisite fabric selections and execution, make them eminently wearable today.

SHIPPING NOTES: Shipping includes insurance. However, for some international locations, item must ship via USPS Priority Mail at extra cost. If you're outside the U.S., please contact us prior to ordering. We are not responsible for your country's duty fees, can can't mark the customs form as a gift.

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Vintage 60s Designer Runway PIece, Creamy White Secretary Wiggle Mini Dress, sz Sm


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: wool, acetate
  • Ships worldwide from Pennsylvania, United States
  • Feedback: 151 reviews
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