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[ORDER ITEM - #6234]
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#6234 - c. 1930's Plum Silk Velvet Bias Cut Gown with Open Sleeves!  Not absolutely perfect, so you get a great look at a great price!  Uniquely wonderful color is hard to give it a name, but the best I figured is "plum"... but depending on the light source it's either a red plum or a purple plum.  The silk velvet almost shimmers in the light.  So go to the supermarket and pick up a plum and imagine wearing it in a soft silk velvet skimming over your body in bias cut!  Fabulous very large ruched round chenille-like collar and gathered cuffs.  Then .. ooh... a long 14" open slit up the sleeves to show a hint of skin!  Tailored empire waistline at front to hug your shape. Matching velvet belt with rhinestone buckle (many stones missing).  Again, it's a great dress on, just has a few issues (see photos).  There are 4 pinholes (two double pinhead sized) and smidge of wear near the hem.  And there is a small repair in one sleeve and one pinhole in same sleeve. Snap side. Without any issues this dress is easily three times this price! So lucky for you I'm very picky about condition and the littlest pinhole will reduce the prices dramatically! Lucky you!  Measurements are nearly impossible on bias cut dresses, so just email your tapemeasure measurements and I will let you know how it will fit you. Basically it's a small size.  On the mannequin it fits her 33" bust, 25" waist, 34" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem.  Also listed in the 1850-1930s Category.

$ 245. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 0-4/6, fairly short
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)


SOLD

#6171 - c. late 1960's RARE MARC VAUGHAN, Paris Puffy Copper Silk Satin Dress!  This is totally unique in construction and fabrication! And then a "wow" color to top it off! (On some computer screens it looks too yellow from the lighting... but in person it's a classic copper color). I know very little about the Marc Vaughan Paris label, but it was obviously expensive when new!  As I continue to  learn a bit more, it seems that Marc Vaughan was around in the 60s and early 70s, and in one found article, a museum display showed a Marc Vaughan dress right next to Courreges and Balenciaga! The dress also includes a Julius Garfinckel  & Co, Washington label.  Wonderful "puffy", quite thick satin fabric in a simple "mod" shape with pretty little matching rose and bow at one shoulder strap.  Unique styling and closing at back with snaps (see photos of the dress opening at back. Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 42" hips, 39" long from shoulder to hem.  Extreme light minor spots blend in with the fabric.  These spots are lightly seen under the harsh photography lights, but I can't seem to find them under normal soft daylight or interior lighting.

$ 895. SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 6
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)


[ORDER ITEM  - #6208]
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#6208 - c. 1950's HAYETTE, New York Pink Linen Embroidered Sundress!  Sold at The Window Shop, Cold Spring Harbor, LI, NY.   Waaah!  Too small for me :(  Barely even fits onto the mannequin and she is 33" bust, 24" waist, so you will need to be one of those waif-like girls to wear this as is... OR... if you love it enough, get creative at the back with grommets and lacing (corset-like) or some other interesting back detail to make it fit. I lived in the next town to Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, NY growing up, so I remember this shop, I think.   Measures: 32/33" bust, 23" waist, 38" long from shoulder to hem, 23" long from waist to hem (slightly long-waisted).  Excellent condition.  Unlined to keep you cool (or as cool as you can be in a mid-weight linen). Back metal zipper. The embroidery is quite lovely.   You better buy it soon before my crash diet works and I fit into it! :) 

$ 485. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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[ORDER ITEM - #4829]
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#4829 - c. 1940's CLAIRE McCARDELL Black Cotton Dress! Let me start by saying that the black patent belt doesn't come with the dress, but there may have been some kind of similar belt originally.  I also show this dress worn in a few different ways!  I'm not sure what Claire had in mind, but I like my bow! :)  The ties are attached at the shoulders and just hang down, so can be worn crossed over the bodice (as she has done) and tied in front or back. Since Ms. McCardell prided herself in "easy to wear" dresses, perhaps this was ment to go from day to evening as I show it... could be worn with a rhinestone belt for even fancier look!  Has the classic McCardell brass hook at the neck.  Stitched down pleated skirt. Measures: 36" bust, up to 28" waist, 30" long from waist to hem, 18" long from shoulder to waist (long-waisted).  Excellent condition... with only a sticky metal zipper at side.   

$ 485. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 8
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#6546- c. 1990's BETSEY JOHNSON Black and White Cotton Strapless Sundress!  Yeah, OK.. so this isn't all that old.  Sue me!  No... on second thought... please don't!  Rather just try to understand that a pretty dress is a pretty dress of ANY era.  I just find those items I love, and hope you will love them too.  And to make it worse, I have a "thing" for Black & White that you may have noticed! :) So what have we here...  a great simple, but sweet strapless black pindotted white cotton dress with a tiny ruffle at upper bust, a wide plain waistband which gets tied up with the attached black sash, and full skirt with a great change up of material direction at the lower third!  Fully lined in cotton as well, with minor boning.  4-layers of skirting crinolines.  Comfy for those hot summer days. Back zipper.  Wear the sash a few different ways (as you see).  Mint condition.  Measures: 33/34" but, 25/26" waist, 21" long from waist to hem. 

$ 235. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #6546]
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#6546- c. 1990's BETSEY JOHNSON Black and White Cotton Strapless Sundress!  Yeah, OK.. so this isn't all that old.  Sue me!  No... on second thought... please don't!  Rather just try to understand that a pretty dress is a pretty dress of ANY era.  I just find those items I love, and hope you will love them too.  And to make it worse, I have a "thing" for Black & White that you may have noticed! :) So what have we here...  a great simple, but sweet strapless black pindotted white cotton dress with a tiny ruffle at upper bust, a wide plain waistband which gets tied up with the attached black sash, and full skirt with a great change up of material direction at the lower third!  Fully lined in cotton as well, with minor boning.  4-layers of skirting crinolines.  Comfy for those hot summer days. Back zipper.  Wear the sash a few different ways (as you see).  Mint condition.  Measures: 33/34" but, 25/26" waist, 21" long from waist to hem. 

$ 235. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #9914]
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#9914 - c. 1980's AURELIE MARCIANO, Paris Pastel Beaded Silk Satin Fantasy Wedding Gown or Ballgown! The most incredible white silk satin ballgown delicately covered in pink, light blue, gold, copper, white, silver and clear sead beads in a floral vine design.  Fantasy gown shape with flattering "v" dropped waistline, large puffed sleeves, "v" neckline, and openfront skirt.  Think Cinderella's ballgown, or a Princess Renaissance gown ... or Glinda's Wizard of Oz gown!  All you need is a tall crowned hat and wand!  This is NOT a cheap knock-off of a gown.  In order to confirm that to you, I did a Google search for Aurelie Marciano, Paris.  What popped up is a bit of an interesting fashion history lesson.  Seems when Vera Wang was looking for a new career in 1990, she opened a bridal salon carrying the best of the best of wedding gowns.  The high-class salon carried her own designs as well as special gowns by other top designers such as Carolina Herrera, Victor Edelstein, Scaasi and Aurelie Marciano!  In a New York Times article from Sept 5, 1990, it reads: "Many dresses in the salon are highly ornamental.... The idea is to have merchandise you can't find elsewhere.  One of Victor Edelstein's designs is an off-the shoulder column of peau-de-soie with a bouffant overskirt ($27,500).  A more typical wedding dress is a full-skirted Marciano design of tissue-thin white damask with flowers and beadwork covering the bodice for $11,000.  Again these are 1990 prices!!!  With inflation... likely well over $25,000 for a Marciano gown with this much beading!!!!  Excellent condition with only one flaw... a spot on one shoulder puff (see photos).  You can try to see if a cleaner can get it out, or pinch a little of the puff and tack so it disappears, or cover with a bead or two or bow.  Otherwise, the gown is near Mint condition with even all the beading intact!  Shown with an extra crinoline under (doesn't come with it).  Back zipper. I doubt you will ever find another gown that even comes close if this is the style you are seeking. Measures: 36" bust, up to 29" waist, 57" long from shoulder to hem with extra 3" under hem.  Also listed in the Wedding Category.

$ 4,750. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)


[ORDER ITEM - #6032]
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#6032 - c. Oct. 1970 RARE DONALD BROOKS Black Lace Evening Gown! Three time Coty Award Winner, Emmy Winner and Oscar and Tony Nominee!  Featured in Harper's Bazaar Oct. 1970 Ad!  Donald Brooks, a costume designer for Broadway, television and film, whose clients included Jackie Kennedy, Princess Grace and Barbra Streisand is well-known to those in the know... and can be found in many a museum collection.  Most of the gowns found today are his slinky jersey gowns.  Rare to find a higher-level, more couture Donald Brooks gown! Here is a glamorous black lace gown trimmed with metallic chenille over a nude lining.  Black satin ribbon and bow at waist with pale pink silk roses.  Scalloped "v" neckline, hemline and belled sleeve ends.  Buttons close the upper back, and zipper at lower back.  Measures:  33-35" bust, 27/28" waist, full hips, 53" long from shoulder to hem - I just found out why it's short (best for 5' with heels, up to 5'2" without heels).... it's supposed to be a midi length according to the ad!  The "New Look" in 1970! However, if you are short and prefer this to be floor-length, it looks great for that as well.  Bell sleeves are long. Perfect, Excellent condition.  Very collectible and beautiful to wear! Note: if you have VERY sensitive skin like mine (I have trouble even with cashmere!), this will be too scratchy for you).   

$ 865. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 6
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

FROM the DUPONT ESTATE

[ORDER ITEM #9488]
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#9488 - c. 1960's RUTH VARLAN Purple/Blue Sari Silk Gown with Woven Silver Embroidery! Of the entire collection from the DuPont Estate, I picked five pieces that are my personal favorites. This is one. I suppose if pressed, I would choose this one as my "American Idol" dress. Changeable sari silk in a purple/blue hue with silver woven embroidery in all the right places. Back metal zipper. With original belt. Measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, 26" long from waist to hem. Excellent condition with minor pulls and if you look closely, a couple of minor small spots, but damn it's gorgeous!! Also Listed in the Dupont / Special Category.

$ 745.  ORDER  

Approx: - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #3065]
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#3065 - c. early 1960's ARNOLD SCAASI Brown/Gray Silk Print Dress and Jacket! Never Worn! New/Old Stock with Original $475 Price Tag! 1958 COTY AWARD and CRDA Lifetime Achievement WINNER! How often do you find never worn vintage dresses from a top designer? I'll wait while you try to figure the answer to this question. Oh heck... I'll tell you.... hardly ever! So I am pleased to offer this to you in Mint condition. Dated prior to 1963, when Scaasi stopped designing his ready-to-wear lines to concentrate on ballgowns. Scaasi used the large chrysanthemum and floral prints in 1962. Shades of brown/gray print silk material with surprising black leather trim "bow" at waistline and black leather jacket buttons! You know it's well-designed... check out the fact that the jacket is cut to surround that leather "belt" when closed.. Has the "Scaasi" label as well as "William Penn, Pittsburgh" store label. Labeled size 10 (old sizing). Original cost in the early 1960's was an amazing $475!! What's that worth in today's dollars? More that the cost below! Now add the historic fashion value for new/old stock, it's a steal! And now that Halle Berry is single-handedly bringing back Brown (doesn't she look amazing in it?), this dress is fit in vogue! 34/35" bust, 25" waist.

$ 885. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #3912]
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#3912 - c. 1950 RARE, EARLY ORIGINAL EMILIO (PUCCI) SPORTSWEAR, Capri, Italy label Black and Silver Heavy Brocade Sunsuit! I love the bio for Emilio Pucci! Born a Marchese from an aristocratic noble Florentine family, Emilio earned a doctorate in political science, served as a career pilot for the Italian Air Force and was member of the Italian Olympic Ski Team! According to his bio, in 1947 while skiing one day on the slopes of St. Moritz, a reporter from Harper's Bazaar noticed Pucci and his outfit. After taking some photos, the editor discovered that Pucci had designed his own skiwear, and invited him to create some pieces for a photo session about winter fashion. Pucci's designs were featured in the winter 1948 magazine. In 1949, Pucci opened his first shop in Capri with his first collection in 1950. As the first member of his family to work in a thousand years, he spared his family's vanity by signing his designs simply "Emilio". His first pieces (like this one) were sewn personally by Emilio from his small Capri studio! He designed casual wear, and introduced the new "Capri pants" which took the fashion world by storm. It's possible this label only existed for a couple years (still researching that). By the 1960's, Pucci's colorful wild fabrics we a fashion staple... and the Pucci look we all know today. The fabric is a surprisingly heavy stiff silver on black brocade. The bra/bandeau top is strapless, and comes up into little points at the top of each bust, with boning and button back (has some hooks at top, so there might have been a removable halter strap). The shorts have a heavy metal side zipper. The label is Emilio's Made in Italy with a little Mountain with Capri under it, with "46". Measures: Any size bust as the buttons can be moved to fit!), 27" waist, up to 39" hips, 15" long shorts on sides, 16" long at crotch. Excellent, near mint condition. This is a rare, and unusual vintage find for a Pucci collector, so don't miss out! MUSEUM collectable!

$ 745. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #9207]
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#9207 - c. 1970's "MOLLIE PARNIS, New York" Beaded and Embroidered Net Sheath Dress with Separate Jersey Slip! OK.. I had this dress listed incorrectly, but I just saw the same dress (actually gown) at auction (note:  that gown sold for $840) with the original Mollie Parnis label. So... since it was the exact duplicate, we have to assume that this is, indeed, a Mollie Parnis, New York.   Top-quality beading and embroidery detailing on netting, Rich looking! Metallic threads of silver and gold, pink silk embroidery, silver and clear bugle beads, amber and and clear crystals. Comes with the nude jersey slip. Gorgeous!! Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 40" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem. Get creative and wear with a ribbon belt for slightly different look. Note, I stuffed the sleeve bottoms with tissue paper... so it looks slightly different in the photo only. Interesting hemline which accentuates the netting. Snap back. MUCH prettier in person!! Excellent condition, except for some beading missing on sleeve ends. You can fill in with just about any sparkly beading and it will suffice (not perfect, so if you are a perfectionist... I'd suggest something else). However if you want a sparkly gorgeous dress... well.... this is one of those dresses you can just sit and stare at and never get tired of it!

$ 745. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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#4337 - c. 1960 BARENTZEN'S BAZAAR, Roma, Made in Italy Black Textured Silk Peau-de-Cygne "Mermaid" Evening Gown! Collectable Designer gown! From the 1959 pages of Vogue Magazine, 23-year-old Patrick de Barentzen was described as "the daring young man of the Italian couture whose collection is full of dash, fun and ideas". He quickly rose as a darling of Italian designers along with the likes of Galitzine, Valentino, Simonetta, Fabiani, Capucci, Fontana, and Forquet. Couture quality tailoring. The inside is as pretty as the outside! Black textured heavy silk material (which I was told was peau-de-cygne. So I looked it up for you... "a very soft satin fabric, woven in fine soft yarns with a lustrous finish". Yup... it's peau-de-cygne!) evening gown designed with an interesting tailored "tiered" effect. Fishtail at back and tulip shape at front of hemline gives one the impression of a mermaid. Great for the fisherman in your life! :) Might be the only way to attract his attention unless you can grow gills. Back metal zipper. Measures: 31/32" bust, 25" waist, up to 37" hips, 39" long from natural waist in front, 46" long in back (fishtail). Excellent condition.

$ 845. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 2 (small bust)
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#4211 - c. 1980's ALAIA, Paris Gray Flannel Wool Suit! Azzedine Alaia originally worked for Dior, Guy Laroche and Theirry Mugler. In 1981 he launched his first collection. Probably best know for his body-hugging curvaceous stretch outfits made of lycra, but if you don't quite have the perfect liposuctioned body, perhaps you'd prefer an Alaia suit? Extremely fitted style jacket at the waist and hips, but slightly oversized at the top (to accentuate the waist even more!), wide shoulders, diagonal line of buttons down front, wide pronounced lapels. Sleeves are straight, but fairly full. Measures: 34/35" bust, 27" waist, 35" hips, 20" long skirt, 23.5" sleeve from outside shoulder seam to cuff (fairly long). Do NOT hope to get on a bus in this skirt!!! You can barely walk in it! It's a complete wiggle walk skirt as it's only 34" around hemline! Excellent condition. Well tailored. Exaggerated shape... just what you would expect from Alaia!

$ 445. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 (small hips)
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[ORDER ITEM - #4059]
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#4059 - c. late 1960's EMILIO PUCCI Silk Voile Gown! The perfect fusion of Mod and Romantic! Gorgeous! Near mint condition! A unique Pucci material of a silk chiffon-like voile rather than the normal silk jersey! And as far as I'm concerned (though who asked me!), the purples, blues, and greens hues create the best looking Pucci prints! This is Pucci to perfection. Romantic low round neckline. Fitted bodice to inset waistband. The skirt has the look of a triple tier, but it's just created with the print fabric. Cuffed, full, nearly sheer sleeves. Back zipper. Measures: 33" bust, 25/26" waist (I can squeeze my 27" waist in, but can't breathe), 41" long from waist to hem. One sleeve snap needs sewing, but I can't find anything else wrong. A beauty!

$ 965. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 4
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