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-1940's nettie rosenstein couture black cocktail dress (feels like a very fine matte silk taffeta)

Nettie Rosenstein (1895?-1980) started making clothing professionally in 1919. She worked throughout the 1920s in various design jobs and in 1931 she started her own label.

Rosenstein became known for her Little Black Dresses and for her evening gowns. Her dresses were fitted on models of the correct size, rather than on a very small model and graded up. For that reason, her clothes were flattering to many figure types. She also was interested in the complete ensemble and had hats, to wear with her designs, made by Mme. Pauline and gloves and handbags made to accentuate the designs.

She was the designer of both of Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower’s inaugural gowns.

(courtesy of vfg)

Nettie ,one of Americas top designers, was highlighted in 1937 in Life Magazine where they described her as one of the most highly regarded American designers. In the next few years she won the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award and sold out in over 92 shops across the USA.

Her designs influenced a wide range of designers from this era… and although her dresses were seldom bought by the average woman, copies of her designs were sold throughout her career.

This Jewish/American designer Nettie Rosenstein famed for her little black dress and stunning costume jewelry is certainly one of the most collected names in vintage clothing.

-classic forties silhouette with a fitted bodice and a full skirt

-exquisite couture details throughout... dramatic pleated waterfall hip swags and flattering stitching details through the waist and hips

-structural details and some hand stitched finishing

-bodice lined in crepe

-inside waist belt

-fabric covered buttons and single rhinestone button at top

-period shoulder pads

-vintage rhinestone brooch NOT included

...much better in person!

*i upload large pictures, so please use the zoom feature at the bottom right corner of each picture for a closer look. and then click picture again for a super sized image.c


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

bust-38-40", waist-30", length-47"


very good. normal/light wear. price adjusted accordingly. could benefit from an initial cleaning due to light storage dust. price adjusted accordingly.

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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 ...rare exquisite designer couture NETTIE ROSENSTEIN black silk full skirt pleated swag shirtwaist cocktail dress


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