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vintage 1940's dress ...amazing couture designer HATTIE CARNEGIE blue & white polkadot WWII iconic pin-up dress with fishtail bustle

-1940's couture designer hattie carnegie iconic blue and white polka dot pin-up dress with 2DIE4 details throughout! (reddish cast on fabric is due to lighting only)

Hattie Carnegie (1889-1956) was born as Henrietta Kanengeiser, in Vienna, Austria in 1889. In 1900, she immigrated to the United States, and settled with her family in New York City. By the time she was a young teenager, Hattie was already working. She worked at various millinery establishments, and at Macy’s. But in 1909 she, along with friend Rose Roth, opened her own business, a tiny hat shop. It was called “Carnegie – Ladies’ Hatter” - where they sold hats and dresses.

In 1919, Hattie bought Rose Roth’s share of the business, and Hattie Carnegie, Inc. was born. This was also the year of her first buying trip to Paris. She bought French Couture dresses to take back to New York to both sell, and to use to make adaptations.

Until 1928, all the dresses at Hattie Carnegie were made to order, but in that year she started her first ready-to-wear line with Norman Norell as the designer. By this time, Hattie’s business had grown to be the size of a small department store. In 1929, before the Stock Market Crash, she did $3,500,000 worth of business!

In spite of the depression, Carnegie’s business thrived. She opened even more departments in her store. It was said that a lady could be dressed from “Hat to hem” at Hattie Carnegie (the one item she did not have being shoes!) By the 1940s, Carnegie’s store was actually a department store. She also began selling her ready-to-wear dresses, hats and accessories in stores around the country in the late 1930s. Her clothes were particularly popular in California, and many Hollywood stars were known to wear Carnegie’s clothes. This helped spread her reputation and helped establish her as a taste-maker across the country.

Carnegie became known as a woman of taste and during the War, she continued to be a leader in the American fashion scene. During the 1950s, Carnegie continued to make the types of clothes that women across the country had come to expect from her – chic but conventional dresses and suits.

One of Hattie Carnegie’s most important legacies to American fashion was that her workrooms were a sort of fashion designer incubator. Starting with Norman Norell in 1928, there is a long and impressive list of noted designers who passed through the Carnegie organization. These include Claire McCardell, Jean Louis, Gus Tassell, James Galanos, Travis Banton, Pauline de Rothschild and Pauline Trigere.

(courtesy of vfg)

-classic forties silhouette with a fitted bodice, narrow shoulders, puffed sleeves, and a curve skimming skirt

-squared neckline and little tucks at the bust

-the border trim at neckline and her bow belt are made from the fabric pieced together so that the polka dots are in a line - amazing detail.

-diagonal button holes and fabric covered buttons where again, the dots are lined-up

-diagonal shaping seams at hips

-TWO metal zippers! the top one zips down, and the bottom one zips upwards to meet at the waist where there are snaps inbetween

-dramatic swishy FISHTAIL mermaid BUSTLE

...the ultimate pin-up dess.

*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)

bust-34", waist-25-26", hips-free due to fishtail bustle back, shoulders-14", length-45 1/2"


very good with a few very minor notes as follows: a couple tiny faint spots on skirt, stitch marks at waist, and some of her dots at the back of the bodice have slightly darkened and may brighten up with a cleaning. price adjusted accordingly.

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-make the purchase and checkout with “other”

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-we’ll send you a pay pal invoice for the down payment and schedule you for future invoices.

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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.

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.

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