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We are delighted to present this saucy little black velvet dress from Lanz! This dress is fantastic! It's a cocktail dress and it's also a dirndl style dress as the lace inset panel is removable. It features a fitted, hourglass silhouette, wide set straps, lace inset panel, and pencil skirt. It's made of lush black velvet and is magic to the touch. Closes in the back with a metal zipper.

Cotton Velvet


"Lanz was started in Salzburg, Austria in 1922, by Josef Lanz and Fritz Mahler. They supplied traditional folkwear costumes for Austrians attending the Salzburg music festival (remember The Sound of Music?). They noted their costumes were also bought by tourists (Americans) traveling to Austria in the 1920s and early 1930s.

In the mid 1930, Josef Lanz left Austria, leaving the company there in the hands of other family members, and went to New York, where he opened a new branch of the business in 1936. About this time the hallmark Lanz heart appeared on Lanz labels.

At the beginning of WWII, the label included “Vienna” when they relocated their HQ there in 1939. After the war, Lanz began to expand their business by creating fashions that were inspired by traditional Austrian folk-wear, but followed the lines of current fashions.

Lanz of California was established in the 1940s, and they began to manufacture Austrian-inspired clothing in the US. By the early 1950s, the Lanz of California label was owned by Nornie and Werner Scharff, and the European and American companies were totally independent of one another.

Lanz of California may have been a different company, but the designs still had a strong Old World influence. The chief designer was Nornie Scharff, and she and Werner spent a great deal of time each year in Europe buying fabrics ."
~ Courtesy of the Vintage fashion Guild; www.vintagefashionguild.org.
Written by kickshawproductions and Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

Bust~36 inches Waist~26 inches Hip~38 inches Length~45 inches

This dress is in Excellent condition with no holes, rips, tears, stains, fading, insect damage or smells. It comes to you from a smoke free environment and has been dry cleaned.

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Vintage 1950s Cocktail Dirndl Dress in Black Velvet with Detachable Lace Inset by Lanz. Small.


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: cotton velvet
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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