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1980s 1940s Dress - Vintage 80s 40s Dress Black Red Rayon Designer Novelty Print Swing Peplum L - Beaucatcher

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♛The Details

SO well-done! This retro 1940s style dress threw me for a loop...when I purchased it during a Boston, Mass dealer buy-out, I was sure it was older. Now that I'm home, careful inspection of some of the inner seams, the back zipper, and the label have convinced me it's a 1980s dress put out by this venerable old clothing company.

Slinky, shimmery rayon or rayon/acetate blend with superior draping qualities. Jet black with novelty print of tiny deco scarlet red bows. It was difficult to get it to look right on my dress form as she has no arms, but on a real figure it's going to be a knock-out. A shirred bodice with dolman-cut sleeves, bust shelf seaming, fitted waist, and a slim-fitting skirt with a super-flirty ruffled double-peplum and a back slit. Closes up back with an older nylon Talon zipper.

Get the 1940s femme fatale look without paying a high price or worrying about wardrobe malfunctions; this dress is as sturdy as the day it was made!

Designer label is R&K Originals.

All accessories (belts, jewelry, crinolines, pins, etc.) are for style inspiration only unless indicated.

♛The Measurements

About a modern size L
Bust (underarm area measured flat then doubled): to 40"
Waist: 30"
Hips: to 40"
Length, shoulder to hem: about 43"

♛The Condition

Excellent shape. Recently dry-cleaned, it's ready to wear. I could find no flaws or issues; it's crisp and pristine.

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1980s 1940s Dress - Vintage 80s 40s Dress Black Red Rayon Designer Novelty Print Swing Peplum L - Beaucatcher


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Material: rayon or rayon blend
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 1778 reviews
  • Favorited by: 16 people