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vintage 1950's dress ...iconic SHAHEEN PETAL BUST red & white graphic hawaiian full circle skirt conv halter pin-up dress

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-early 1950's shaheen's of honolulu made in hawaii PERFECT RED and white hawaiian print dress ...the fabric is gorgeous! true red saturated and vibrant as the day it was made (doesn't look like it's ever been washed) - amazing!

Alfred Shaheen is one of the best known of the Hawaiian garment and textile designers of the 20th Century. Shaheen was active from 1948 into the 1980s, but he is best known for his work in the 1950s.

He was the son of custom Hawaiian clothing manufacturer George Shaheen, and after college and serving in the military in WWII, he returned home to work in the family business. His plan was to expand into ready-to-wear, and in 1948 he opened Alfred Shaheen to make Hawaiian shirts for men and dresses for women.

At first he used fabrics brought in from the US mainland, but he soon realized that profits would be greater if he printed the fabric in Hawaii. He set up Surf ‘n Sand Hand Prints to print the colorful Hawaiian fabrics. His handprinted textiles were based on the flora and fauna of the Hawaiian Islands, along with Hawaiian traditions and authentic tapa cloth designs.

Shaheen produced not only the fabric, but they also manufactured clothing made from it. Shaheen was known for their sexy sarong dresses and swim suits, Hawaiian shirts and halter dresses with full skirts. The company closed in 1988 when Alfred Shaheen retired.

(courtesy of vfg)

-classic pin-up silhouette with a fitted bodice and a full circle skirt

-vavavoom bust is done in a white cotton waffle pique', as are the petals on the inside. the petals have a stiffer interfacing which allows you to sculpt them perfectly. the inside bust is shirred, double sided and boned for form. there is additional boning in the bodice as well as a stiff interfacing down the middle for form and structure

-side smocked panels are super tight and springy (again, like the day it was made) and hug your curves to perfection

-original coconut buttons at the inside allow you to adjust the length of the halter strap, or completely remove to go strapless

-back metal zipper

if you have to have only one shaheen, this is the one to have!

*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.


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

smocked panels allow for a wide range of measurements, but please consider your individual comfort when comparing the measurements.

bust-28-36", waist-18-30", length of skirt from waist to hem-25" +3" hem


excellent/mint - does not appear to have been worn much and the fabric is rich and saturated as if it has never been washed. very very light dust on bust and a tiny little mark at her zipper. price adjusted accordingly.

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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.

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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.

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vintage 1950's dress ...iconic SHAHEEN PETAL BUST red & white graphic hawaiian full circle skirt conv halter pin-up dress


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