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Welcome to The Vintage Vortex! We are proud to be a member of the Vintage Fashion Guild, www.vintagefashionguild.org, and as such strive to provide our customers with great service, an accurate depiction of our items, honest condition report and correct dating. Please shop with confidence.

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We are delighted to present this sophisticated late 1950's to very early 60's silk dress from high end department store I.Magnin. This really is a lovely dress. It features a deep navy background with white and emerald green hued blossoms scattered about. The design features a fitted bodice, piped neckline, 3/4 sleeves, piped waistline and gently flared skirt with two deep pleats on either side of the front creating the look of a front panel. The dress closes with a metal zipper.

Silk or a silk blend. The fabric has a lovely subtle sheen and a pretty slubbed texture here and there.


"I. Magnin was a legendary San Francisco department store that was founded in 1876 by Mary Ann Magnin and named for her husband Isaac. Originally, the couple sold baby clothing, which Mary Ann made, and Isaac sold as a peddler. The following year they opened a store that sold the clothes along with ladies’ toiletries. They soon expanded their offerings with a selection of bridal fashions, lingerie, and trousseau items, all made from beautiful but expensive European fabrics and laces. I. Magnin developed a reputation for selling only the highest quality goods.

In 1906 their store was leveled by the Great San Francisco Earthquake, but that did not stop the Magnins. They continued to sell from their home until a new store could be rebuilt. In the next ten years the family began opening branch stores all over California. The Magnin’s four sons were also involved in the stores, with son Joseph eventually opening his own store, Joseph Magnin.

In 1944 the family sold their interest in the stores to Bullock’s, a Los Angeles department store and in 1964 Bullock’s became a part of Federated Department Stores. Then in 1988, Macy’s gained control of Federated. By 1994 the last I. Magnin stores were either closed or changed to the Macy’s name. Today, Macy’s has a house line called I. Magnin."

Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com
Courtesy of the the Vintage Fashion Guild, www.vintagefashionguild.org.

Bust~42 inches Waist~ 29 inches Hip~42 Length~41 inches

This dress is in Near Mint condition with no holes, rips, tears, stains, fading, insect damage or smells, or obvious signs of wear. It comes to you from a smoke free environment , although as with all items that have been stored for long periods of time, we recommend dry cleaning before use.

Please review our policies on our Policies page before buying for important information and condition chart

Vintage 1950's Silk Dress in Navy with Emerald Green and White Flowers, from I.Magnin &Co. MINTY. Medium to Large.


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