An extraordinarily wonderful authentic 1940's elegant black pleated and beaded evening / cocktail dress with cap sleeves. Its form fitting with pleated front with embroidered beaded sides to accentuate and highlight the female form. The dress is beautifully tailored w/ seams along the back and fully lined to the hem. Back doesn't have a split but rather its pleated. It is An Original Du Rite Dress Toronto and I believe its crepe. I wish I had someone to help model my clothes but alas I don't. So many wonderful accessories would really bring them to life. I am not an expert on vintage clothes or fabrics. Everything listed I bought for myself because I loved it and describing to the best of my ability based on research. Please ask any questions BEFORE PURCHASE. Great selection of Vintage Clothes and some beautiful Mid Century Jewelry or Vintage Mexican Jewelry
SIZES APPROX: There is no size label but I would say this is an S to S/M. My measurements are across the front with the dress hanging. The mannequin is sized to 34 bust, 29 waist and 35 hips and 60 inches to shoulder
Shoulder/Sleeve to Shoulder/Sleeve: 22 inches
Underarm to Underarm: 16 inches - across back 15 inches
Waist: 14 inches
Hips: 17 1/2 inches
Length: 42 inches
As with all used items, please expect the normal wear that is the hallmark and authentication or preowned vintage and antique clothing. Sizes are approximate. Our opinion regarding era, age, genre, style, material, medium, maker, technique, color, condition, origin, history, etc., may differ from yours and is offered without guarantee.
PLEASE NOTE: Bust waist hip measurements are the maximum body measurements that will fit the item and will be form fitting. Can't go up in size but if you're somewhat smaller garments would have a comfortable fit. Hope this makes sense. Vintage label sizes will generally differ from modern sizing.
Andrea, your store is a wonderful treasure trove and your knowledge and class are of a scholarly collector.
I am a university research professor with an eye for detail. I have never seen any vendor with your level of exquisite scholarship. Just like your fine objets d'art, your descriptions are crafted with masterful finesse; it is such a pleasure reading them and it is also a great learning experience. Thanks again! Patrick
Downsizing was inevitable and I've done it several times already. This is the big one, and I am still unboxing treasures retrieved from storage after decades.
All pieces are one of a kind handpicked by yours truly over 40 years to add texture, style and story to your authentic style.
My collecting story starts after watching Astaire and Rogers float across a dance floor as a young girl, I have loved art deco design, art, fashion and jewelry. So bold and beautiful, and so different from anything that came before it. Art deco changed social and design sensibilities forever. A lifetime collector of high quality antiques and vintage, I started by making contacts, researching and learning. Picking the best of the best, I live with art deco and vintage decor and used to wear the fashions of the day. To say that I feel in love is an understatement. I reveled in the fact that I was able to reflect my unique style and sensibilities with a marriage of old and new.
Since I was in my teens I have bought what pleases me, what I find beautiful and unique, and the things that speak to me on a creative level. I hope that you can see and feel the passion and love that I feel for antiques and vintage pieces and share with you. You will find art deco, collectible and vintage fine art paintings, original illustrations and magazine covers, home decor, marble, alabaster and metal lamps, nude flapper table lamps, sterling silver decorative accents and tableware for the home and entertaining, designer and estate jewelry and fine vintage watches in my shop.