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#3759 - c. 1980's SARMI for I. Magnin Black Velvet Beaded Cocktail Dress! This dress is tres elegant! High quality Sarmi dress. Wonderful empire waist with heavenly sheer black chiffon bodice and "harem" sleeves. The bodice is a bandeau of black lace encrusted with black jet beads all around with a sweet tie bow at front. Excellent condition. Back zipper. Now... I have a suggestion. You can certainly wear this dress when not pregnant, but I think it's a perfect maternity cocktail dress! I've taken a few photos of the dress with the proper baby pillow under just so you can see how it might fit and look! So.. if you have looked high and low for the perfect holiday party dress and you are in your first or second trimester... well, baby.... why not wear something you WILL want to wear again! Measures: 36" bust, up to 35" waist, up to 41" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem. As a Sarmi, this would have cost much more than this new!

$ 545. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10, perhaps 12
(check measurements above)

 


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#7214 - c. 1960's GENE SHELLY's Boutique International, California - Made in Hong Kong Hand Knitted Wool Knit Gown Encrusted with Green Sequins and Crystal Floral Beading!! I CONFESS...  I BOUGHT IT FOR MYSELF! :)Walk into the room in this and all eyes will be on you!Guaranteed! (Not literary, please don't sue me!) One of the most exciting of these type gowns I'm seen! These wool knit dresses and gowns entirely covered with beading were extremely popular in the 1960s... for a very good reason!  They are gorgeous on just about everyone, AND very comfortable!  Just like wearing a long favorite sweater (though not a bulky wool knit).  Bell-shaped long sleeve and "Dior" neckline are covered in white paillettes, various clear and white sequins, rhinestones beads and faux pearls all in a 3-dimensional floral design!  And you don't even need your 3D glasses!! :)  A 1964 magazine wrote: "Shelly's designs included slithery, spangled cocktail dresses and full length evening attire. The hand embroidered or beaded detail was done in Hong Kong on American manufactured fabric.  A long rajah coat with jewels will sell in the United States for almost $350, while a two-piece dress will bring almost $600!  This is from 1964!!  Nearly impossible to measure because it's a knit, so stretches and will fit a variety of bodies, but Approximate size 2-6/8.   Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips (but shown on mannequin 35/25/36 and is snug on her as well!), 54" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition.  Note, you see the green wool knit material below the beading.  This is original and normal... see close-up photos for all detailing. BE MORE FABULOUS THAN THE XMAS TREE!  I listed the dress and decided to wear it to the Asian themed Xmas party this year, and got so many compliments, that I'm keeping it! :)  Don't hesitate to buy these wool sequined Hong Kong dresses... they are SO wonderful and comfortable... and warm on a chilly winter evening! 

$ 735.  KEPT! :)

Approx. - SIZE 2/4/6, to smallish 8
(check measurements above) 

 


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#4518 - c. early 1990's CLAUDE MONTANA, Paris - Made in Italy Black Fine Wool Broadcloth with Heavy Silver Zippers and Silver Half Belt at Back! Oh baby.... Wanna drive him insane?  Start unzipping!  Or better yet... let him do the honors. :)  The fine wool broadcloth feels great! The shape of the dress is basic... but it's the detailing that is "VERY MONTANA". He was known for his leather works and borrowing elements from the motorcycle clad-gay scene. Heavy silver metal zippers on both sides of the front, and on the sleeves. The back of the dress has a half belt of heavy silver metal links attached at the sides to give the dress more shape.  Only slight shoulder pads prove this not to be from the powerhouse shoulder-padded  1980's. Top of the line Montana... not the less expensive line.  Measures:  36/37" bust, up to 29.5" waist, up to 39" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem.  Fully lined.  Near Mint condition.

$ 345. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8
(check measurements above)

 


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#9905 - vintage "Matador" Red Raw Silk Jacket with Embroidered Gold Bouillon Decoration! 1930's Style!  This is SO much better in person! Check out the close-up photos to see the great detail! I've recently found photos of the rich and fashionable women of the 1930's in similar jackets (and remember, this was depression era, so there were not that many rich and fashionable women!).  These highly decorated cropped jackets were worn as for dinner over fairly slinky dresses and gowns.  Or for the progressive women... wide-legged, high-waisted pants. Let me first say that this feels like a dream on! Lined in a so soft red silk satin.  Ooohhh!  You'd want to wear without anything else under just to feel it.. and you can as it's snaps up the front so can be worn open or closed.  Measures: 33-35" bust, 34" around at waist,  16" long from shoulder to hem, 7/8 length sleeves (to be worn originally with loads of bracelets and/or gloves). The wonderful shiny patina gold bullion is 3-dimensional with wrapped cords, rings, chainstitch, etc. in a wide variety of embroidery styles. Tiny red and green beads placed to look like gemstones and gold sequins all over. Glamorous jacket in high style! 

 SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6, perhaps 8
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 


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# 7612 - c. 1950's Green with Blue Embroidered Silk "Sabrina" Ballgown!   One of my top 5 dresses of all time is the Givenchy gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina".  You know the one. When Sabrina to a fancy party, she promises to wear “a lovely evening dress with yards of skirt and way off the shoulders.” The lovely dress, a Givenchy strapless bodice with a voluminous embroidered skirt, makes Sabrina the belle of the ball (see below!) Anyway, I have spent my entire life looking for similar shaped vintage gowns.  I have probably had not more than 4 ... ever!  But I found another!!!! This one is probably the fullest I have ever had.  Green silk with blue embroidered feather.  Lovely seaming at the bodice.  The skirt is all one... it's not a straight skirt with overskirt, but the way it's designed, it just looks like that.  Side metal zipper.  Loads of crinoline under. Sadly, no label. Excellent condition with such extreme light yellow discoloration of the material that I can't even photograph it.  Only seen under bright lights. I doubt you will care in the least.  Measures: 36" bust, up to 27.5" waist, 41.5" long from waist to hem in front, 50" long from waist to hem in back.    NEW LISTING!  

$ 2,485.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)


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#6623 - RARE c. 1954 BALMAIN's "Jolie Madame" Opulent Light Blue Silk Satin Beaded Ballgown!  This absolutely stunning French couture ballgown by Pierre Balmain is made of the most luxurious materials and of the finest craftmanship from his "Jolie Madame" collection. There is a gold chainstitch inscription of this in the inner skirt of the dress.  A bit of history.... In 1947 Balmain opened a boutique on the ground floor of his couture house, which he named "Jolie Madame".  The boutique offered "limited editions" which could be fitted and ready for the customer to wear by the next day, as opposed to the numerous, time consuming, fittings required for "made-to-measure" haute couture.  These pieces were not out-sourced nor factory mass produced. They were made a few at a time, in the designer's own workrooms, exactly as if a client had ordered multiple duplicates of a couture design with Balmain's extraordinary workmanship still readily apparent.  During the 50's/60's, Balmain designed gowns for the most iconic women of the times including Brigitte Bardot, Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Marlene Dietrich, and Katherine Hepburn. Even today, Penelope Cruz wore a "best dressed list" vintage 50's Balmain ballgown for the 2009 Oscars!

The cut of the dress is very simple, while sumptuous beaded embroidery by Lesage adds style and richness to the design.  From the late 50's onward, all of Balmain's embroideries were carried out by Lesage. Beads and rhinestones in a flower and petal design with loads of loops beads creating a "fringe" at dropped waist, around sweetheart neckline. There is an inner layer of tulle in the skirt (shown without any extra petticoats). The gown is in Good "tired" condition but without obvious blemishes... however beads have fallen off and the zipper just needs a simple stitching on the seam.  Likely hemmed up at some point, and there are extra beads in that hem. The only real issue that is not easily fixed is some staining inside one armhole... NOT seen from the exterior!! Measurements coming...   Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 3,450. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)


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#6045 - c. 1920's PEACOCK SHOES Black and Silver Lace Evening Party Shoes!  Yeah, I think I've mentioned it before.... "flapper" shoes are usually always my favorite.  I never saw lace ones before!  These may be dated a bit later than some, as black lace was worn more into the late 20's, early 30's, but unless the shoes can talk and tell me where they've been... well...   Obviously they should have been out dancing, but you have to wonder why they aren't scuffed up. Was she a wallflower?  Could she not dance?  Did no one ask? Did she miss the dance? Did he stand her up?Oh god, the poor girl!!  The good news is that these shoes are in great condition today because of whatever, but I still feel badly for her.  OR.... perhaps she just ran off with the saxophone player at the beginning of the evening and they lived happily ever after.  Black lace over silver kid with silver kid trim and heel.  The logo for Peacock Shoes inside is beautiful!  Shame to cover it with your foot! Excellent condition with just a hint of wear on the strap and rhinestone buckles.  Measures: 9.5" long x 2.5" wide. Marked 4 1/2 size. 

$ 465. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4.5 AAAA

 


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#5171 - c. 1940's LAIRD SCHOBER & CO. Alligator Platform Peep Toe Sandals! From Hollywood, CA!  First off, Laird Schober & Co is a great label!  The company was founded originally as Laird, Schober and Mitchell in 1869! Yup, this is not a typo! The company name was changed to "Laird Schober & Co." in 1894!  "High grade shoes" was the aim of the firm, and this remained true throughout the years, as you can see by the label inside these shoes quoting "Exquisite Footwear".  These were sold on Wilshire Boulevard in Hollywood.  You can just imagine the likes of Joan Crawford wearing these sandals!  In terrific condition!  And amazingly in a LARGE size.  Marked 11aaa, so I assume these would work for you if you wear about a 10, or perhaps 10.5.  Certainly WAY too large for my 6.5 foot.  Barely look worn from the top, so there's plenty of wear left in them.

$ 295. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10 or 10.5 - Marked 11aaa

 


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#7195 - c. 1940's EMME, Bonwit Teller Large Black Velvet Breton Hat with Ties! Never Worn! Original Tags!  SOOOOO Soft!  Whoo whoo!! I got a "thing" for large black hats!  I think I was reincarnated from Audrey Hepburn (yeah, me and billions of other girls! :) so there's just something about them. This one is particularly smashing worn in a jaunty style with the bow tied at the side of your face, or straighter on the head with the bow tied under your chin.  As you like it (thanks Mr. Shakespeare).  Excellent, near mint condition as it was never worn and has the original paper Bonwit Teller tag still attached.  Too bad the original price isn't still there. :(   Anyway, this hat is a very very very soft deep black velvet, but I've lightened photos so you can see the shape and details (please forgive the dust you see on the very light photos...  I just needed to lightly brush the velvet, and didn't before the photos.  MY BAD!! :(   A hat you will love to own.  It's so soft to the touch, but not a floppy hat.  Measures:  15" x 15" and nearly 4" high. Excellent, near mint condition (worth repeating myself! :)  This is an old Bonwit label, so that dates it to prior to 1950s.  This was an expensive hat when new!

$ 545. SOLD

 


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# 5884 - c. 1930's (I believe) Black Lace Wired Long Spanish Mantilla!  OK... I can tell you very little about black lace long vintage Spanish mantillas.  I'm sure whoever is looking to purchase this will know so much more than I, so I don't want to embarrass myself with my total lack of knowledge.  All I can say is that normally Mantillas are lace scarves worn over a tall Spanish comb or Peinita (as they are called).  I found one photo of similar black lace mantillas worn back in the 1930s to church, but even those look to be worn over the Peinita.  I haven't found another wired Mantilla like this one!  So... could be rare... or perhaps not.  You tell me!   :)  Whatever... it's quite interesting as it's just below shoulder length on one side, and quite long on the other side, intended to be worn around the neckline as a scarf.  Excellent condition. 

$ 185.  SOLD


 

 


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#6009 - c. 1970's Huge White Patterned Cotton Pique Poppy Sungown! So pretty.  Like the "unikko"  Marimekko poppy print... though I personally think this is nicer! But alas, no label. Even Oscar de la Renta has a pretty poppy print dress for this Spring! Designed with full skirt that could have easily been an elephant leg jumpsuit,  but luckily it isn't!  It's a gown. The most wonderful summer gown you will ever find.  Dress it up for the evening with a chiffon scarf and heels. Dress down for the day with espadrilles and large red hoop earrings.  Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 41" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem. Unlined, but beautifully made inside and out! Excellent condition with tiny tiny spots on back (see photos), otherwise bright white and nearly like new. 

$ 465. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6, perhaps 8
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 


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#3420 - c. 1875-1900 RARE C.M. Haskell, New Bedford, Mass. Female Black Beaver Riding Hat!  I can't swear to it, but I firmly believe this was a riding hat!  Not just a fashion statement.  As you can see there was elastic attached on the interior that has torn, but no fashion hat of that era had elastic... so... Excellent condition with just extreme minor scratches on beaver fur seen under some lights ... really near mint! Fairly lightweight. Trimmed in wide leather band around interior.  Measures:  8" x 10" oval x 6" high. Too small for most normal sized heads today to wear securely on the head.  Was probably worn on top of a mass of hair.

$ 1,265. SOLD

SIZE - Extra Small


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#7437 - c. 1930's LAIRD SCHOBER & CO Tapestry Persian Motif Heeled Pump Shoes!  LARGE SIZE!  From the Philadelphia firm of Laird Schober & Co.   See the other pair of 30s shoes I have from them (below)....my goodness, they produced fantastic designs! These are quite special.  The material is like an extremely fine tapestry, in a Persian or Islamic design with spired mosques... similar to what you might find on a Persian prayer rug.  The only problem with that is always having to face mecca in these shoes! :) Classic 1930s shape pump shoe with lovely undulated edge.  Excellent condition! Please note that most all vintage shoes are much stiffer than what we are used to today.  These are SOOOO 1930's Hollywood!! 

$ 425. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10B
(check measurements above) 

 



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#7353 - c. 1950's Lord & Taylor, New York Black Sequin "Claws" Hat!  Thanks to the British monarchy, hats and fascinators are making their comeback.  And as you have seen, the hats that get the attention are those that are unique, interesting, flashy, and still flattering! I've seen this mannequin head of mine (I MUST give her a name!  Perhaps I should run a contest!) in quite a number of hats, and she can look smashing to downright dowdy depending on the hat.  This is one of the good ones... though it will fit you a lot better if you don't have molded stiff hair.  And only those of you who use the most intense hair gel will have this problem!!  :)  From Lord & Taylor.  Previously from a museum collection and still has the handwritten tag labeling it 1955.  Stiff shaped triple "claw" hat fully covered with black sequins held on with black beads for security with small bow at the crown.  Held on with haircomb. Excellent condition. 

$ 245. SOLD

 


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# 6858 - c. 1950's BERTHA's MILLINERY Exclusive Creations, Bronx, NY Light Blue Straw Huge Picture Hat with Velvet Flowers!  What's the definition of a "picture hat"?  An elaborately decorated, broad-brimmed hat for women. Yup!  The kind of hat that just looks so beautiful on so many faces, that they were used in paintings and eventually photographs.  The only thing they aren't particularly good for is using your peripheral vision! ;)  This hat is a slightly floppy light blue straw covered with a polkadot netting and trimmed in velvet pink and coral roses and leaves.  Looks like it's a one-of-a-kind from the label!  Excellent condition with just slight age spotting of the flowers, and ever so slight discoloration of a bit of the straw at back.  Hard to see at all... see last photo.  You'll probably think I'm crazy for even mentioning it. There seems to be a little more discoloration UNDER the brim, but you don't see that.

$ 285. SOLD

 

 

 

From Museum Collection

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#6388 - c. 1900 Varigated Brown and Bronze Woven Straw Modified Boater Hat with Taffeta Ribbons and Yellow Flowers!  So pretty for an early Autumn hat!  The shape is similar to a boater hat, but it's much fancier with the great two-toned brown and shiny bronze woven straw.  Generous draping of bronze silk around crown with chartreuse and cream small flowers over and under the brim at back. The leaves are distressed as you might see into Autumn. 

$ 365. SOLD 

 

 

From Museum Collection

SOLD on LAYAWAY

 

#6462 - c. 1858 Spoon Bonnet of Sage Taffetas with Plaid Ribbon and Garden Flowers! If you only buy one spoon bonnet for your collection, this should be it! Nearly pristine.  I believe it to be all original including the flowers and the ribbon. The photos will really give you the best description so please take the time to look at them all!  The design work in the taffetas at back take ones breath away. And the plaid ribbon is draped from the top down one side and made into a large bow at the back.  The striped ribbon at front is different, but complementary. Excellent condition with just slightly wilted flowers which may be original... hard to tell. 

$ 945. SOLD on LAYAWAY

 

 

ESTATE of 1950's SAKS Hat Dept. Buyer


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#11008 - c. 1950's Saks Fifth Avenue Millinery Salon Black Wool Beaded Fancy Hood!  I have just scored a collection of 1950s hats from the Saks Fifth Avenue Millinery buyer!  So that means that she would have had access to the best.  Sadly her style was a bit tame (though what can you expect from a working girl!), but she had a few special pieces.  But then she had some fantastic pieces!  This is one! Sadly this is wool and there are a few tiny moth bites (damn them! - see close-up photos).  But otherwise this is one unique piece!  Closes under the chin with a large brasstone hook.  Covered all over with black faceted beads with most edging around the face and bottom.  Talk about the greatest hat for bad hair days!!!  I haven't seen another outside of magazines of the era.  This one was for the most fashionable woman! I would have priced this higher if those damn moths had stayed away. :(  But it's a must for your hat collection!  

$ 285.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

 


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# 5898 - c. 1880's Deep Navy Velvet Bonnet with Black Ostrich Feathers and Ribbons! Owned by S.E. Waddell!  OK, I have no idea who S.E. Waddell was, and she's impossible to Google search to see if there is ANY information on her because all that pops up are listings for "South East Waddell" Street! :)   Oh well..  Let's just make up a great history for her.... you start! :)  Whoever she was, she had a great bonnet, and kept it in Excellent condition throughout the century+!  A lovely color.  As you may know, these antique velvets that looked black usually had an undertone or blue or green that you see under bright lights.  This one has a blue hue (so will look like a dark navy under bright lights).  It's trimmed in black ribbon and ostrich feathers so you will see the minor contrast to black.  And then the one bright blue bow to just set it off - I assume that matched the gown she wore!  I can see that bustle gown in my mind's eye.  I only wish I had it.  But perhaps YOU do??  A gown this would go smashingly with?? Or perhaps you're a relative of S.E.Waddell???? :)  Nice piece.  ]
 

$ 325. SOLD

 


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#4080 - c. 1980's MOSCHINO Jeans Wild Micro Mini-Skirt Quilted Satin "Suit"! Hard to call this a suit... it's unique! WILD SET! Moschino Cartoon Hip-Hop Duck print! A quilted soft satin fabric with a super fun cartoon pattern!. Hip-hop ducks, decked out in peace-sign necklaces, hoop earrings, and cowboy boots! Banners across the fabric say various phrases: "I Love Fashion" "Health, Wealth, Happiness" "Moschino", and then includes a few clever foreign language phrases including "Je n'aime pas le fois gras" (My high school French allows me to translate to: "I don't like Duck Liver Pate"), and I'm assuming Italian "Mil Piumino D'oca" (which I can't translate ... hey, I was just told by a website viewer that it means "goose down quilt"! Thanks Darrin! ). There's also angel wings and hearts, etc.. etc. Heavy metal zipped fronts on both the jacket and the skirt. The zippers have metal peace-sign pulls. The jacket is a baseball-style bomber jacket, with side pockets, and a knit fabric at the collar, cuffs and bottom hem. The skirt is a micro mini-skirt with side pockets and belt loops at the waist. Excellent, near mint condition. Likely never worn. Labeled US size 6, Euro. size 36. Made of 53% Polyester, 33% Acetate and 14% Rayon. Measures: up to 42" bust, 30-32" waist jacket, 25" waist skirt, 35/36" hips, 15" length skirt.

$ 365. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 skirt, 4-10 jacket
(check measurements above

 


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#3704 - c. 1950's ARNOLD SCAASI Red Silk Ballgown! After apprenticing at the house of Paquin in Paris, and working with Charles James in New York for over two years, Arnold Issacs turned his last name backwards and began designing his own clothing under the name of Arnold Scaasi. Scaasi's early forte was evening clothes, which cost around $495 for a dress. Both bold and lavish, evening dresses were made with dramatic, sweeping skirts and decorative tabletop necklines. Rarely were any of this clothes trimmed, relying instead on cut and fabric for decoration, a written in New York Fashion. This is not a Scaasi Boutique dress, the label is the original Arnold Scaasi. Striking red silk suitable for a princess yet with the sexy off the shoulder neckline leaving lots of empty skin for your Harry Winston ruby and diamond necklace. Huge balloon sleeves leave enough arm to show off the matching bracelet. Back metal zipper helps date this gown to the 50's rather than the 80's. Measures: 32" bust, 24" waist, 41" long from natural waist to hem.

$ 795. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(check measurements above)

 

OWNED BY BARBRA STREISAND!

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#4346 - c. vintage DONNA KARAN Original Sample - Not for Sale Dress Black Jersey and Silk Taffeta Cocktail Dress OWNED BY BARBRA STREISAND! I was lucky enough to attend the Barbra Streisand auction recently and scoop up a few of her dresses. For the premier Barbra pieces, please visit the Memorabilia or Museum section of this website! Meanwhile... how often can you find a Donna Karan sample dress... and owned by a celebrity of Barbra's status?? Once in a Blue Moon...so this must be your lucky day! NOTE: Extreme low cleavage (as Barbra likes it) to the viscose spandex blend jersey bodice (with built-in body suit) with attached wrap tie. The sleeves will look a bit better with some arms inside! :) The skirt portion is a very full silk taffeta. A great "little black dress" for those of you who love to show off what God (or your favorite plastic surgeon) gave you! Excellent condition. Measures: 21" long from waist to hem. Bodice is EXTREME low décolleté, so don't blame me if every man you meet stares at your breasts! Also Listed in the Memorabilia Section.

$ 1,250.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
(check measurements above)

 


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#7323 - c. 1950's EMMA DOMB Black Flocked "Sabrina" Ballgown!  I'm always looking for ballgowns that evoke the look or feel of Givenchy's ballgown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie "Sabrina". Probably my favorite dress of all time (though there are close runner-ups!).  So although this really doesn't look like Givenchy's masterpiece, it just has that feel.....  that "je ne sais quoi".  And Emma Domb usually does a nice job of it. This gown is a black flocked floral design on white nylon over white netting over white rayon lining. Gives it a ethereal look and nice crispness.  Measures: 35" bust, up to 28" waist, 45/46" long from natural waist to hem (quite long!!).  Metal zipper at back.  Excellent condition with just a hint of underarm spotting, but you can barely see it (see photo).   

$ 945. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)


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#5441 - c. early 1960's ADELE SIMPSON 2-piece Suit of Nubby Wool with Fabulous Full Fox Collar!  Think Jackie Kennedy era... as you will anyway even without me telling you!  Adele Simpson created some fabulous pieces, and this is one of those.  Beautifully tailored.  Very very nubby taupey-brown wool suit of jacket and slim skirt.  Measures: 35" bust, 26/27" waist,  20" long jacket, 25" long skirt, 36" hips. Fully lined. Excellent condition. Gotta love that bow ties above the two large buttons.  3/4 length bracelet sleeves. Just perfection!  I'll say it again though... it's NUBBY wool and fantastic thick gorgeous fox fur collar!!!   

$ 635. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
(check measurements above)

 


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#5371 - c. late 1960s/early 1970s TRAVILLA White Lace Gown with Tiny Pink Petals!  For all you wanna-be Princesses in a fairytale, Travilla designed this gown specifically for you. Though William Travilla worked for many many years for Hollywood films and TV, he is best known for dressing one specific star, and even more importantly, one specific iconic dress! In 1953, Travilla created the white cocktail dress Marilyn wore in the film The Seven Year Itch. You know the one... worn over the subway ventilation grate and the dress blows up around her. And it seems that Marilyn was quite enamored as she once wrote to Travilla "Billy Dear, please dress me forever. I love you, Marilyn." So... how about a Travilla for you?  Certainly not as sexy as the subway dress, but a charmer in a different way. Great for a romantic vintage themed wedding. Huge balloon sleeves.  Cuffs and neckline are edged in the pink flowers, and they are strewn all over the gown.  Slightly high waistline, great sweetheart neckline underdress, wide pink original belt with flowers at front.  Back zipper (even that is nicely tailored). Excellent condition with the exception of a few of the flowers missing and I see one spot at front bust (see photo). Measures:  34/35" bust, 31" high-waist (ribcage), 59" long from shoulder to hem. Also Listed in the Wedding Category.

$ 865. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
(check measurements above)

 


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#3076 - c. 1960's Black Fine Wool Jersey Jumper Gown with Rhinestone Button Decorations!! I call a lot of dresses and gowns Audrey. Hard not to. For it just helps to define the quality, simple lines, and beauty of certain garments, especially black items, all in one word, "Audrey". I've never seen another gown like this. Could be worn with a blouse under, or worn without. And who would expect it to be a soft, fine wool jersey??? High quality garment. Great lines... but I guess I already said that. Even the back metal zipper is perfectly tailored. A must have for any closet. Love that extra little touch of the faux "tabs" at the shoulders and at the knee with clear rhinestone decorative buttons. Excellent, Near Mint condition!  Measures: 36" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 39/40" hips, 55" long from shoulder to hem.

$ 265. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8
(check measurements above)

 


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#5144 - c. late 1980's/early 1990's LANVIN, Paris Charcoal and White 3-piece Skirt Suit Featuring Fox Trimmed Cape! Oozing with class and wealth!  Yes, you can look like a well-heeled socialite with just the right "threads".  I always wondered why wealthy people looked wealthy.  Now I know after trying this on myself, looking in the mirror and realizing even I could fool the Town and Country set in this!  The Lanvin suit is nice, but it's the fox trimmed matching cape that is killer!!  This is not a cape you drop off at the coat check... no... you wear it, wrap it, and just act cold so you can keep it on no matter what!  If you get a hot flash... suffer through it! Oh, and don't confuse this fox trim with the new ones you see today.  This is twice the fur!  Charcoal and white flannelish (is that a word??) polkadotted fabric of mid-weight wool (see closeup to see the look of the fabric).  The trim on the jacket is of an abstract design.  Padded shoulders. Wide waisted skirt. Labeled size 42. Measures:  up to 37" bust, 29.5" waist skirt, 22" long skirt from top of waist, 17.5" long jacket from shoulders, 17" across back of jacket, 18" across shoulders, 78" x 42" triangular cape. Excellent condition with two tiny pinhole moth holes in the cape (see photos), that disappear in the polkadots.  Wear the cape without the suit for ultra elegance anytime!  Or wear the skirt and the cape with simple black sweater, or.... well, whatever you want, as you are only paying for the fox trimmed cape anyway for this price! 

$ 1,485. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
(check measurements above)


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#3375 - c. 1960's Saks Fifth Avenue Clear White Beaded Wool Shell with Rhinestones and Beaded Fringe! There are many beaded shell tops around as every well-dressed woman had a few in her closet in the 1960's. However, some women were richer than others, and those women shopped at the best stores... Saks Fifth Avenue being one! Now, I was told that this top was purchased at Saks in 1965 in San Francisco for $350! I can't confirm that at all...... but obviously the woman who owned this remembered that it was a very expensive item when originally purchased! Fully fringed hipline with beads. Lovely gentle diamond design of iridescent sequins, beads and rhinestones. Silk lined. Measures: 36" bust, 39/40" hips, 22" long from shoulder to bottom of fringe. Excellent condition! This one screams Ann-Margaret!

$ 285. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 7603 - vintage Cotton Gauze Embroidered Peasant Dress!   These dresses are known by quite a few different names:  Peasant, folk, Hungarian, Czech, Bohemian, Boho, Embroidered, Smocked, Gauze, Ethnic, Flapper, Gatsby... I could go one... but whatever you call them, they are, as always, the perfect summer dress to wear to just about anywhere for anything.  Just make sure you remember to wear a slip under, as they are slightly sheer! I wish I could date this more accurately than just calling it vintage, but these dresses have been popular ever since the 1920s!  I don't think it's as old as the 20s, but it's not one of the newer repros either... from the snaps on the size, I'd figure it to be mid-Century era.  Anyway...   This dress has two fabulously unique features... the sleeves are wide flutter rather than the usual elastic puff, and the upper back has an interesting white-on-white crossed pattern which I've not seen before.  Measures:  up to 44" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 42" hips.  As this is meant to be worn blouson style, it can be worn by a smaller gal... still the embroidered smocking at the waist isn't all that stretchy, so I would go with sizes 8-12.  NEW LISTING!

$ 365.   SOLD
 

Approx. - SIZE 8-12
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# 5949 - c. 1930's OPENHYM's DEBUVEL Transparent Velvet Blue Velvet Gown with White Bead Trim and Open Sleeves!  I love the label... SO evokes the 30s, even just from the typeface used!  The "tag line" is " The Best as a Matter of Habit"!  You gotta wonder if some previous nun started this clothing line!  :)  Or is it just my sense of humor??  Anyway, the dress is a dark blue silk velvet (shown under bright lights will look lighter as you see in the photos) and trimmed in rows of white seed beads around boat neckline and around the open sleeves and down back. Check out the photos of the sleeves!! That's the best part!   The belt has a rhinestone center, but there are lots of stones missing, so still has the right look, just not the sparkle.  Bias cut shape makes it hard to measure, but I have it on the small size 2 dressform.  So... you'll want to be about that size. There are a few beads missing at mid upper back (see photo), other than that and the buckle, Very Good condition!  

$ 365.  SOLD  

Approx. - SIZE 2, perhaps 4
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# 7616 - c. 1960's Puffy Metallic Silver, Gold and Black "Mad Men" Dress!  For those of you who loved my now SOLD dress worn by January Jones in Mad Men, this dress has the same look for a lot less!  This is an excellent knock off of the original Pat Sandler dress as worn by January.  This dress here has no designer label, but has the same "puffy" metallic floral print in the same black/silver/gold colors.  AND this one is in a WEARABLE size!  Measures:  38" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 41" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition. Back zipper. Love the old sizing "13".  Ha!  The material has a lightweight stiff crispy feel. Groovy!!   NEW LISTING!

$ 485.  
SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 10ish
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#5891 - c. 1942-1947 Shane De Luxe Uniforms, Evansville, Indiana WWII "Gray Lady" Complete Red Cross Uniform /American Red Cross Volunteer Outfit!  AKA Hospital and Recreation Corps Uniform! This nearly complete outfit (all you'll need are shoes!) is in extraordinarily fantastic condition!  The gray "sanforized" cotton dress and additional pieces were all cleaned and starched at some point, and looks nearly like new (other than one tiny spot on the skirt pocket - see photos).   The white cuffs, white epaulets, white collar, and white armband (I discovered what it was AFTER I photographed as a pocket scarf), and gray matching belt are all separate pieces that luckily were not lost over the years.  The American Red Cross Volunteer pin is pinned on the chest pocket next to the large red cross embroidered patch which is sewn on.  The white cap with gray back buttons at the back to create the hat shape, otherwise it's flat for easy transport.... you wouldn't want to have to transport a hat box on the front lines! :)   This was owned by the mother of fashion designer, Lynne Greene (google her if you don't know her!).  A few more of her Mom's pieces will be going up soon ... including an original 1940's Ceil Chapman long dress, and a 1940's Gothe long dress.  This dress measures: up to 36" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 39" hips.  Love the fact that it's labeled size 14!  Ha HA!  How vain ARE we today that a size 14 is now labeled about a size 6.  Info on "Gray Lady" is listed with the rest of the photos (if you want a history lesson). Also this is dated after 1942 as that was the year they removed the veil from the cap.  This is the best example of complete outfit I've seen.   NEW LISTING! 

$ 465. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)


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#9709 - c. 1980's PINK SODA Fully Sequined and Beaded "CAMPBELL'S SOUP DRESS"!! Hmmm, Hmmmm, Good... OH MY GOD!  FANTASTIC!  I'm sure you already know that the 1966/67 Andy Warhol inspired Campbell's Soup "Souper" paper dresses can sell for up to $5,000!  Well, here's one-upmanship for you! :)  I have been holding on to this dress for the last 7 years hoping that I would miraculously have my body morph into the one Annette Bening had in 1990 in "The Grifters" (I remember nothing about the movie except her entrance in a tight dress - and I'm STRAIGHT!! :)  Anyway, too many cookies, and my Mother's wide hips will never give me the modern version of Ms. Bening shape... that would be Ms. Pippa Middleton. SO, I have decided to offer this to the woman who will WOW the Press and wear it to the an Art Museum bash or high profile Gallery opening.  This is extremely stretchy (like a Herve Leger) so no way to measure it for you.. but this is shown on a mannequin of 35"/25"/36".  It's 34" long.  Oh, and "Pink Soda'" was first launched 25 years ago and their dresses were worn by the ‘it girls’ of the 80′s such as Kylie Minogue and Whitney Houston.  The label inside reads M/L, but that's hard to believe... I'd say more size 4-10ish. The bust can be fairly large, but please note that the armholes are wide, so you may show more than you want without a little cami under. Or for the right girl.... flaunt it honey! :) Excellent condition.  Any sequins that may have fallen can't be seen at all!!!!!  There are thousands and thousands of sequins of red, black gold and white (all held on with a bead for security), and the writing of "Campbell's Tomato Soup" is written in beading!!  The only dress like this I have EVER seen!!!! NEW LISTING!

$ 785. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4-10
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# 7107 - c. 1950's HARVEY BERIN Designed by KAREN STARK Black Dotted Swiss Net Dress!  Another LBD (little black dress) for your closet.  Harvey Berin by Karen Stark dresses were quite high-priced dresses when new.  Not couture level, but nice quality goods. You'll see that from the little details, like the fact that there are 5 layers to this skirt! One dotted Swiss, one netting, one acetate, and 2 stiff crinoline layers. The dress is trimmed in black velvet around waist, and two lines at back with 2 flat bows.  Tiny cap sleeves of dotted Swiss over the "Audrey" bodice.  Back metal zipper.  Such a pretty little number!  Measures:  34" bust, 25" waist. Excellent condition. NEW LISTING! 

$ 385.   SOLD  

Approx. - SIZE  0/2
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# 6900 - c. 1951 CLAIRE MCCARDELL Clothes by Townley Blue and White Cotton (Light Canvas Weight)  Dress with Original Tie Sash!  Deaccessioned from a museum, still has the museum satin tag (see photo).  Blue and white windowpane pattern dress with short sleeves and white plastic buttons up front. Comes with the original long, 135" long flat matching sash to tie around the waist.  2 pockets at sides.  YEAH!  As terrific a Claire McCardell as you can find.  I have to say there are quite a few I don't particularly like (I know that's something I shouldn't admit outloud, but hey... I'm just here among friends, eh?).  Excellent condition with just minor darkening of shoulders and back (you'll probably wonder what I'm talking about)... and the most minor dust/dirt around inner neck.. Hardly worth even mentioning. Measures:  36" bust, up to 27/28" waist, 46" long from shoulder to hem. Museum worthy... oh wait, it WAS in a museum... so DEFINITELY museum worthy!

$ 635. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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#5899 - c. late 1930's EISENBERG & SONS ORIGINAL Pink Satin and Black Crepe Gown! I've decided to put up a few pieces that I find extraordinarily lovely, but not in perfect condition (as I like to sell).  But then I figured, hell, I buy items I love for my OWN collection that aren't in mint condition, so why should I not offer these to you as well??  It certainly keeps the prices much more affordable, and there are few people as picky as I am re: condition, so......  here you go!  How's this for lovely??  Eisenberg & Sons Original gown.  This is one of those that was originally sold in the stores with a piece of "Eisenberg Ice" costume jewelry already on the gown.  Not surprisingly what happened was that so many women were stealing the jewelry off the dresses, that the company started manufacturing them separately!!  So... the first "issue" with this gown is that there is a bit of satin bruise/pinholes in the upper left (on photo, right if it's on you) satin where the pin was pinned on.  A hint of discoloration on the braiding.  The black crepe skirt has a few pulls, and there is minor underarm discoloration (see the last 5 photos for all these issues).  None are horrible and the gown is wearable.   You can't tell, but the "x" rope design wraps around under the bustline and hooks at the back... creating a seamless look!  Great design element!  Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 38" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem, 10.5" around bottom of cuffs (upper arm). Side hooks. 

$ 345.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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SOLD

#3490 - c. early 1940's HOUSE OF ERWIN, INC, Lowell Stunning Beaded Black Crepe Gown with Capelet! Rich look! Worthy of any movie star. Absolute museum quality gown of thin drapy black crepe. The shoulders are lightly padded for an imperial stance and the front neckline features runching at each side of the top of the bust with crepe banding falling down the neckline, leaving an open oval on each side with a bow pattern to the center bust. Each long sleeve is finished in a variety of gold studs, floral designs, having blue, red, and green rhinestone centers and fine golden dots hand painted into the ground throughout. Each sleeve ends in scalloping, stitching is finished by hand. As if this gown could not stand on its own, the gown comes with its matching crepe cape which features the gold studs, rhinestones, and hand painting in massive display with the collar in scallops. The cape hooks closed in its front and measures 13 inches in its length with a bottom sweep measuring just under 100 inches around. Measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, up to 40" hips, and 60" inches in its length, about 43" long from natural waist to hem. 15" slit up skirt front. The condition is Excellent with the exception of a few one-inch seam openings and one light reddish patch at hemline (I don't know if you'd see it if I didn't tell you). This gown is truly exceptional and possesses ultimate glamour. Please note, I just tied a ribbon at the waist as the original belt is gone. I prefer it without anything, but wanted to show the various possibilities.

$ 965. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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#3480 - c. 1950's SAMUEL WINSTON by ROXANE Blue/Gray Linen Battenberg-Like Illusion Lace Dress! This amazing curvy dress of dusty blue/gray features intricate floral battenburg like lace all over bodice front and back and huge patch pockets! The construction is just amazing, especially the 'illusion' bodice with a thin blue fabric sweetheart bustier under the lace overlay. The dress is linen, I believe, and has a darted bust and darting and gathers at the skirt waist. The skirt is slim and fitted. It has a cute peter pan collar and decorative fabric covered buttons up the front. Back metal zipper. Excellent condition with just one extreme minor barely visible spot below front waist (oh, and it could use a hem pressing - sorry!! ). Measures: 34/35" bust, 24" waist, up to 36" hip, 25.5" from waist to hem (with an additional 3.5" in hem). This is the dress that will make eyes pop out of "their" heads!

$ 445. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4
(check measurements above)

 



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# 11118 - c. 1950's ORIGINAL by RUDOLF Black Silk Chiffon Gown! Hey, I found ANOTHER Original by Rudolf... this one a black silk chiffon gown with gorgeous soutache type design on the bodice and slight peplum design.  The skirt is THREE separate layers, two chiffon and one silk.  Spaghetti straps.  Back metal zipper.  Measures:  38" bust, up to 30" waist, 42" long from waist to hem.  Excellent condition with MINOR teeny pinholes and only seen old stains in chiffon that you won't see when worn.  You gotta trust me that you will only see the issues upon inspection.  

$ 585.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10
(check measurements above)

 


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# 11163 - vintage CHANEL Boutique Silk Boucle Timeless Skirt Suit with Original Blouse!  This Chanel 3-piece suit is guaranteed original and authentic.  Came from the same estate as the Courreges and Pucci pieces from the 1960s, so possible 1960s piece.  But as Chanel is so timeless, it's hard to date (unless you're a Chanel expert - then you probably know the exact year).  Love the pink and mint green and tan!  LOVE the striped tan/off-white trim on the suit that matches the silk blouse!  Just proves they came together if nothing else! :)  The suit jacket as the classic Chanel chain at hemline. Excellent condition with only 3 tiny issues (see photographs) that will need a spot clean... two on blouse and one on the very front edge of the jacket.  Remember, these are enlarged, so they are hardly seen when worn!!!  OR if you want it perfect, you can spend $5,000+ for a new 3-piece Chanel Boucle suit! :)  Measures:  up to 40" bust blouse, up to 30" waist skirt, up to 42" hips, 26.5"  long skirt.  Marked size 40.   NEW LISTING!

$ 685.  
SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
(check measurements above)

  



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# 7361 - c. 1980's ESCADA Black and  Red Beaded and Embroidered Evening Jacket!  Escada Black Label. The BEST! This was one incredibly expensive jacket when new.  I found a simple Escada sequin jacket with the original price tag still attached of $2600.  This is absolutely worth twice that... at LEAST $5000 new.  A killer piece.  Pretty enough to just hang on your wall!  Dress up any simple black outfit.  Slight Spanish look (or am I crazy?).  I just imagine a red flower in your hair and stomping the Tango. :)   You will never find a better beaded/sequin/embroidered jacket.  Excellent condition.  If any beads/sequins are missing, they will hardly be found.  Check out the close-up photos to see the details.  Labeled size 34.  Fits on my 35" bust mannequin... just.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 1,265.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4/small 6
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#7455 - c. 1950's Stanley Korshak, Chicago Brilliant Blue "Dior" look Dress! Not only does this dress have the Dior look, but it's possible it really is.... check out this additional photos of the interior construction with full stayed corset!  Additionally, the label of Stanley Korshak is actually an extremely high-end specialty store which sold many top designer pieces... on par with Martha, Palm Beach.  In searching for info, I found this interesting quote:  "Millionaires would love to shop here if they could afford it, but this place has Stanley-Korshak-prices that will set you back with some jaw-dropping price tags."  That should give you some idea of the quality here! :)  Stanley Korshak specialized in selling one-of-a-kind and haute couture designer merchandise.  Even where Kim and Khloe (yeah, you know, the Kardashians) shop there in the "chic" Dallas Korshak store. Excellent condition with barely perceptible underam darkening which will not be seen when wearing.  Incredible wrapping, unique shaping of skirt, 3 button back above metal zipper. Measures: 35/36" bust, up to 26" waist, 45" long from shoulder to hem. Material is a mid-weight rayon (I think), though it could be silk.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 885. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 



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# 7475 - c. 1990's MOSCHINO Cheap & Chic, Made in Italy Jigsaw Dress in Black and Cream!  Love Moschino.  Actually I just love "whimsy" in fashion, so what's better than a colorblock jigsaw pieces shift dress??   Fully lined.  Zipper at back.  There are those of you who collect Moschino pieces... and if you don't yet.. you might want to consider starting your collection!  Acetate/Rayon material. Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 39" hips. 36" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition. Don't try to get on a bus in this dress... it's tight around the hemline to give you the appropriate wiggle! :)  NEW LISTING! 

$ 485.  SOLD

  

Approx. - SIZE 8
(check measurements above)

 

 



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#6848 - c. 1964 RUDI GERNREICH Design for Westwood Knitting Mills Black Wool Knit and Button Front Bathing Suit!  Same Style as worn by Ann-Margret in "VIVA LAS VEGAS"!  NOTE:  This is NOT WORN by Ann-Margret!!    This is the same suit as worn by Ann-Margret, but it as opposed to most of the items in my memorabilia category, this was NOT worn by her.  I just want to make that clear... but for those of you who want to dress like you are Ann Margret, now you can! :)  And for the rest of you, obviously this is an important piece of fashion history as a Rudi Gernreich wool bathing suit.   Excellent condition.  As you can see, it's labeled a size 14, but that's an OLD 14... so probably more like a 6/8/10.  Shown on a size 4 mannequin.   Check out the additional photos to see bigger photos of Ann-Margret in it. NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category.

$ 865. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 - 8/10
(check measurements above)

 


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#5906 - c. 1960's GENE SHELLEY'S BOUTIQUE INTERNATIONALE, Made in Hong Kong Green Auroraborealis Sequin Wool Knit Gown!  Owned by Opera Soprano, Marta Horvath!   Incredibly (and notice I didn't use that tiresome word "amazing"... please, I beg all of you... stop the madness.  You can't get through 10 minutes without hearing that word!! :(  OK.. I'm done with my tirade.  Now, if you are a fan of my website, you may remember that the last gown I had like this, I actually decided to keep (which I NEVER do!) and wore it to my husband's company Xmas party, and I was bombarded with woman I didn't know coming over telling me how fabulous my dress was!  You can have the same experience. This is a green wool knit gown covered completely with auroraborealis blue/green sequins, with larger gold rhinestones, and white "pearl" and drop beads in a modified daisy design!  In near mint condition!  These were never lined, so the interior is ugly, but if it was lined, it would likely be too hot.  As it is, it's surprisingly not too hot (even for a menopausal woman!), and SO comfortable to wear... like a long sweater!!   This gown was a great low "v" back and boatneck front.  Worn by Hungarian Opera Singer, Marta Horvath.  There is a photo of her wearing this actual gown!  Note the details: Split up the middle front, the deep "V"  back, the flower bead pattern with bead dangles scattered all over the dress to move when you walk. Will fit a variety of sizes as it stretches. Looks great on the size 6 mannequin of 35/25/36, and yet will stretch to 39" bust, 32" waist, 42" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem. These gowns were quite expensive when new! Worth every penny and more!!  NEW LISTING!

$ 695. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4 - 8/10
(check measurements above)



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#7360 - c. 2001 ESCADA Hot Pink Satin "Matador" Jacket with Black Beading!  Wanna look like Raquel Welch? I can't imagine anyone answering that question with a "no", but since I'm not a plastic surgeon, I can't help you with that... but  I CAN help you DRESS like Raquel Welch!  Ms. Welch borrowed (yes, borrowed!!! Damn it would be nice to be a Star!) this jacket directly from Escada in June 2001 to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Imagen Latino Media Image Awards in Beverly Hills.  This may or may not be the actual jacket she wore.  I have no provenance on it.  But I doubt there were many produced, and I'm sure it was quite expensive if Raquel wouldn't buy it.   Unique hot pink satin jacket covered with black beading and fringe beading in Spanish "Matador" style. Eye-catching... to say the least!  This jacket is in Excellent condition with just a few beads fringe lines missing.  Nothing jarring (and I fixed two of them for you already... easy to do with a beading needle). Measures:  33/34" bust.  Shown on a 35" bust mannequin, so you can see how it will look on you if you are 35" bust.  Raquel wore it VERY open at the front, so obviously you can wear it like her if you have a larger bust.  Just make sure it's all in front, and you don't have a wide back. There are no closures.  Fully lined. Ole! :)   NEW LISTING! 

$ 895.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 - small 6 (depending how open you want to wear it)
(check measurements above)

 


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# 7349 - c. 1980's THIERRY MUGLER, Made in Paris Gold Trapunto Suit with Wrap Skirt! God, I love Thierry Mugler suits. Always have... since the 1980s when I bought one white Mugler jacket (which I still have to this day) and never wanted to wear it, because I didn't want to wear it out!  Crazy, huh?  Guess I loved it as a work of art.  I probably should just frame it. Meanwhile... I always look at Mugler suits, and every once in a while I find one so beautiful that makes my teeth hurt!! (one of my old boyfriends used to say that, and I never understood it until now!).  This suit is spectacular.  Look at the details of the wide neckline at front, the pockets on jacket that go around the back to a decor!  Just killer tailoring!  This is a true wrap skirt so you will have to learn how to sit correctly :)  So fantastic that it could be worn for a second wedding, or by the MOB or MOG (Mother of the Bride or Groom for those of you who don't know!), or any evening dinner date!   So "Sex in the City" (if you care).  Measures: 36" bust, 26" waist, up to 40" hips, 22" long skirt. Marked size 40. Excellent condition.  The only thing to say is that it has a small, tight back, so it will not be like wearing a leisure suit.  It's not particularly comfortable if you want to raise your arms, so just stand there and look incredible! :)  FYI, I sold this SAME jacket a few years ago without the skirt for the same price!!!!  You luck out and get both pieces!

$ 785. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 (small back)
(check measurements above)

 



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# 7541 - c. 1970's Fantastic 3-piece MARTIERI, Roma, Made in Italy Floral Silk Chiffon Strapless dress with matching Overskirt and Matching Shawl!  Rome based Designer Frank Martieri was considered one the "THE" designers in the 1970s and 1980s. In researching, From a Palm Beach Daily News Feb, 23 1984 article describing a $1500 per plate Gala for Princess Grace (that's Grace Kelly). It reads, "Standing out in the crowd was Anne Slater in a black Martieri."  Just to give you a clue as to the fact that this woman Anne Slater (Denniston) could buy anything she wanted... here's just a little article about her NYC apartment:   http://nymag.com/realestate/vu/2006/16651/   Yup... WEALTHY!  :)   I've photographed these 3 pieces to show you can wear it in loads of ways.  The perfect piece to take on vacation to change the look from the dress to the gown with the additional long overskirt.  The shawl can be worn as a shawl, or tie belt, or neckline design, or a headscarf, or a... etc, etc.  Wear the skirt with something else (though sheer, so just beware).  Excellent condition.  Killer fabulous!!!  Obviously quite expensive when new.  Measures:  up to 37" bust, up to 27/28" waist, 24" long from waist to hem dress, 45" long from waist to hem gown, 56" x 54" shawl.   NEW LISTING! 

$ 1,485.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
(check measurements above)

 


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#15002 - c. mid-1960's BOB BUGNAND for Sam Friedlander Black Patterned "Babydoll" Empire Dress with Jet Drop Beaded Peplum and Satin Trim!  I gotta admit, Bob Bugnand should be more of a household name.  Damn pretty pieces!  After 1962, Bob Bugnand collaborated with manufacturer Sam Friedlander to create this label, which combined high-end couture trims with high-end RTW (that's "ready-to-wear") pieces that sold for $90 – $375 ($650 - $2,700 in today's dollar). Still not cheap!  This dress looks like a sweet simple basic low-necked tank sheathe dress (but as you'll see from the photos, it's really a very high-waisted skirt with attached bodice!) in a great patterned black fairly heavy silk, with an empire waist with black satin ribbon and bow at front.  AND then that fabulous short peplum trimmed with dangling jet drop beads all around the dress!  Back zipper. Measures:  35/36" bust, 30" underbust, 25" waist, 36" long from shoulder to hem.

$ 525.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above) 

 

 



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#6712- c. 1980's PAUL LOUIS ORRIER, Paris Black Net and Velvet Ballgown!  Oh my!  I have been holding on to this gown for 2 years now as I hate to sell it.  I'd love to see this on display somewhere or on the right woman at the right event rather than just hanging around with me. "She" just isn't getting the right respect.  ;)  There is little information you can find re: Paul Louis Orrier, though (per Vintage Label Resource) his designs can be found at the Mint Museum, NC and in the Texas Fashion Collection.  Very cutting edge and angular, this designer found his stardom in the 1980s dressing celebrities such as Liza Minnelli. How to describe.. well, the entire upper bodice and sleeves are sheer net studded with small beads here and there.  The bodice is then an almost organic leafy design in black velvet outlined in a nearly purple embroidery to give it definition.  The velvet continues down the skirt and again ends in sheer netting... though now a triple layer stiff netting wide skirt! There is a HUGE black velvet 3-dimentional flower at the front side with jet beading.   The underskirt is a straight sheathe, so the skirt is very airy.  Unique and beautiful!!!   Measures: 34" bust, up to 27" waist, 58" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition with just extreme minor pulls on sheer bodice. You can hide those with extra beads if you care.  Nice cleavage! :) Incredible ballgown!  NEW LISTING!  

$ 1,365.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6ish
(check measurements above)

 



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# 5804 - c. 1979 COURREGES, Paris, Made in France Blue Heavy Wool Suit! I know suits aren't as "in vogue" as they used to be, but nobody says you HAVE to wear these pieces together!  And yet, when suits come back in... you will have the option. Gotta love Courreges.  Designs are SO simple, yet fantastically tailored and made.  Extremely heavyweight wool practically stand up on their own!!!!  :)  Check out the sweet detail of the gathering on the shoulders, the seamed "piping" of the upper back, side seams, and around edges.  And the placement of the decorative pockets on the front of the jacket.  The photos will tell you all.  Excellent condition.

$ 785. RESERVED

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 


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#7430 - c. late 1930's/early 1940's  I. MAGNIN & CO., Importers Silky Rayon Jersey (?) Day Dress!  You know I don't usually sell day dresses.  I prefer fancy.  But every once in a while I'm smitten.  Sometimes so much so that I am willing to overlook an issue (which I normally don't).  I didn't notice this until I photographed, but as you will see at the back side, there is a faded  vertical "stripe" in the skirt. :(    The front is perfect. So just stand with your back against the wall. :)  This dress is a silky rayon (I think) jersey, or a silk jersey, or something like that.... it's silky!  Slightly padded shoulders, the tie at "v" neck is attached, so I just tied in a bow, tiny pleats at the top of the skirt portion, side metal zipper, slightly dropped waist. Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 27/28" waist, up to 35" hips, 46" long from shoulder to hem.  I. Magnin importers... so it was imported... likely from France.   Very Coco Chanel.  Through from what I'm reading, Elsa Schiaparelli used a slippery satin rayon jersey called "Jersela", so who knows who might have been the designer of this dress.   NEW LISTING!  

$ 385. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
(check measurements above)

 


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#7434 - c. 1940's GILBERT ADRIAN ORIGINAL Black Wool 2-piece Suit with Intense Purple Wool Trim and Large Double Tassel on Attached Belt!  Sold at Halle Bros. Specialty Shop! Oh yeah! Just what you want from Gilbert Adrian! Unique design, eye-catching, dramatic, and with tassels! :)  This suit came from a collection of Adrian, Lilli Ann and Irene pieces, but sadly many of the Lilli Ann suits were attacked by a few moths.  However, the moths must have read the label on this suit which reads:  "This article BERLOU moth proofed - 5 year guarantee" !!  This moth proofing lasted a heck of a lot longer than 5 years!!!  Fantastic condition with just a bit of discoloration of the lining!  What else can I say except I love it.  Closes up the front with hooks/eyes so wears more like a dress than a suit... no blouse needed.  Measures: 36/37" bust, 28" waist skirt, 29" long skirt from waist to hem with 2.5" hem. Heavy metal zipper at skirt side.  Skirt is unlined (as it was originally). If you don't know Gilbert Adrian, just Google search him and you will get the lowdown.  TOP American Hollywood Designer!  NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the Museum Section.

$ 1,865.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
(check measurements above)

 



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#7434 - c. 1940's/early 1950's GILBERT ADRIAN ORIGINAL Raspberry Red Toile Print Dress!  I could use another few weeks to research this Gilbert Adrian Original dress, but I wanted to get it up on the website in the meantime.  There must be a record somewhere of what year Adrian used the unique toile print! The only information I quickly found was that Adrian did very small collections of "animal" and "American" theme prints.  And when I say small...I mean small!  Seems there were only 10 dresses made of a particular henhouse print dress.  So...  this dress is likely quite rare!!   Check out the close-up photos to see the detail of the print and the details of the ornamental self-covered buttons on the short sleeves, and the unique open front that looks like it would button up, but it's meant to be worn open as you see.  The collar lapels are quite large.  There are belt loops at the sides, so there would have been a belt, but none exist, so I just grabbed one so you might see what it might look like with a belt.  It doesn't come with it, and clearly Adrian would have had a nicer one! :)   Someday you will find the belt to match "your" dress, and you will be SOOO happy!!! :)  Measures: up to 37" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 37" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem (with 3" extra hem). Side metal zipper.  This dress is in great condition with the exception of a few minor light spots here and there (only one spot is even worth mentioning - see photos).  It also may have been hemmed up at some point.  But what a great find!! :)   NEW LISTING!  

$ 1,485. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
(check measurements above)

 


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#9918 - c. 1970's HALSTON Black Silk Evening Coat with Obi Sash! From the estate of a top fashion model from the 1960's.  I've sold many of her designer fashions in the past.. this came to me as one of the last pieces... obviously a hard piece to part with! All silk, very simple "kimono" shape with separate matching wide "obi" sash.  Sleeves widen at the elbow and tight at the wrist.  Elegant!!!  Measures: 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Since it's a wrap, the rest of the measurements are impossible to measure.  But I'd say best for a tall size 2-6 gal due to the smallish back and shortish obi (probably best for up to 26" waist (smaller is better).  Excellent condition. Not the cheap Halston line.. this is the top of the line.

$ 745. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-6 tall
(check measurements above)

 


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#7328 - c. 1950's JULI LYNNE CHARLOT Black Felt Circle Skirt!  Most of you probably already know all this, but for those of you who don't:   "Juli Lynn Charlot was an actress turned designer. In 1947, she designed a felt circle skirt which she decorated with appliquéd Christmas trees. The skirt was such a success that she continued to design similar skirts with embroidered and appliquéd motifs. According to some sources, Charlot was the originator of the poodle skirt" (from the Vintage Label Resource).  So if you're gonna buy a vintage 50s circle skirt, always look for Juli Lynne!  The labels are usually present, and the wide stitched waistband seems to be ubiquitous.  Each skirt has a unique design motif.  I've had a racing track, flowers, and seen pink elephants, and, of course, poodles.  This black felt skirt has a playing card motif... all in felt appliques.  Metal zipper at back.   Measures: 25" waist, 27" long.  The waistband is 3.25" wide.  Excellent condition.  LOVE the moth proof label guaranteed for 5 years... well, it's been over 50 years and still going strong!  Incredible!  The only extreme minor issue is a tiny bit of dirt on one of the felt appliques (see last photo)... if you think that is a big deal, you don't deserve this skirt! :)   NEW LISTING!

$ 585. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(check measurements above) 

Nice article about Juli Lynne Charlot:
http://thevintagetraveler.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/interview-with-juli-lynne-charlot/

 


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#6891 - c. 1940's Black Silk Velvet Beaded Bodice Dinner Gown with Matching Beaded Bolero! This stunning dinner gown is made of very soft silk velvet, embellished clear beads and small rhinestones. It features a faux wrap skirt with tulip hemline, and is finished at the hip with a gathered large floppy velvet bow. A snap attaches the back of the bow to the back of the skirt. The bodice "bra" is ruched at the center and sides (see lightened photos). The bolero finishes the "Rita Hayworth" look.  Side metal zipper on the gown.  Bolero has no closures... meant to be worn open as you see. Excellent condition excluding a few minor issues.  There is a small hole at the back of the dress just below the strap (will disappear if backed with black velvet).  Approx 3-4 of the tiny beads are missing at the neck of the jacket and there are minor loose threads on one “spray” of beads of the lush jacket. Measures: 34" bust, 25" waist, 17" long shoulder to waist, 58" long shoulder to hem. (same item in bottle green velvet is amazingly available on another website for $1295!).

$ 785. SOLD

 


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#7479 - c. 1980's C. RANDALL BROOKS Red Jersey Ruched One Shoulder Party Dress!  OK... let the feeding frenzy begin for this dress!  Who it gonna be the woman who gets to wear this dress to her next event?  My 40th high school reunion is coming up... perhaps I should keep it and knock all their socks off!!  I'm still considering it, so better buy it quick before I do! :)  After James Galanos, C. Randall Brooks was an assistant to the Oscar winner and Hollywood costume designer Jean Louis, who dressed Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland, Kim Novak, Betty Grable, Doris Day, etc., and was perhaps best known for designing the "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" gown worn by Marilyn Monroe when serenading President John F. Kennedy.  Obviously Mr. Brooks learned quite a great lesson under a master.  His dresses are extremely well-made and high-end.  This dress measures: 36/37" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 39" hips.  Side zipper.  Near mint condition.   SOOOOO sexy!!!  NEW LISTING! 

$ 685.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8
(check measurements above)

 

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#7058 - c. 1976 YVES SATIN LAURENT, Rive Gauche, Paris Peasant Collection!  Printed Silk Chiffon Iconic Dress! Here's the quote from the New York Times Obit for YSL:  The “rich peasant” collection of 1976, stirred so much interest that the Paris show was restaged in New York for his American admirers. “The clothes incorporated all my dreams,” he said after the show, “all my heroines in the novels, the operas, the paintings. It was my heart — everything I love that I gave to this collection.”   Just imagine the skirt billowing in the breeze, and the elastic neckline worn off the shoulders for the most romantic look.  You too can be a heroine!  One of the BEST YSL peasant piece I've ever seen.  Floral design in pink, white, blue, red, green and black. Stretch smocking to hip, ruffled open neck with wide over-the-shoulder flounce, double tiered long, full skirt with ruffles, self tie belt. Measures:  32/33+ bust, 26"+ waist, 50" long.  Excellent, near mint condition. Marked size 34. Also listed in the Museum Category.

$ 1,485. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-10
(check measurements above)

 


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#5829 - c. 1970's KOOS van den AKKER / Bonwit Teller Lacy and Stretch Bodice Black Wrap Dress!  From the Estate of a Central Park South NYC Socialite!  If you look at the Koos van den Akker dresses at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) Costume Institute in NYC, you might agree with me that this dress is even nicer than theirs! :)  Quick history - After an apprenticeship at Christian Dior in the late 1950s,  Koos van den Akker opened a boutique in the Hague, and then opened his own women’s ready-to-wear business in the US in the 70s. So this is one of the early dresses!  Taking his inspiration from fabric, Van den Akker created clothes that were highly individual using collage and patchwork.  This dress is a wrap with very plunging neckline at front (you will likely want to wear a modesty panel or bra under (black lace would be great!).  The bodice is a stretchy black plush trimmed in multicolored design, which also trims the quilted black appliques at waistline, as well as the black lace edged jacquard skirt.  I'm showing with a slight crinoline under, but can be worn a bit straighter if you wish.  Excllent condition.  The only issue (if you need to call it that) is that the black lace trim of the skirt is slightly reddish.  Hardly worth mentioning, but.... I do.  Nearly impossible to measure, but even though it's labeled size 14, that's an OLD sizing. One of the nicest Koos van den Akker you'll find.  This dress had a fantastic view of Central Park from her Central Park South closet, but didn't get out much. So she wants a good new home!!! :)  Measures:  48" long from shoulder to hem.  Looks smashing on me! :)   NEW LISTING! 

$ 895. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2 - 6
(check measurements above)

 


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#3102 - c. 1937 Black 3-piece Gown with Belt!  Hard to believe all these pieces stayed together for over 70 years!  So what do you get?  Start with a black rayon slip gown with spaghetti straps.  Then comes the black net overdress with puffy short sleeves trimmed in a wide band of moire taffeta at hemline and appliques above and on the sleeves.  Sweet 13 buttons up the front bodice.  The over that, is the matching net moire appliqued and trimmed bolero vest (which you can wear separately if you want with some other outfit).  All this with the original black belt.  I do wish I could tell you that this was in perfect condition, but there are netting holes in the underarm area.. which, if you are a seamstress or handy with sewing machine, you could back with additional black netting.  Not all that difficult... unless you are me, of course... who can barely sew on a button without sewing it to my pant leg in the process! :(  A wonderful outfit from a great era. Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 43" hips, 19" long vest, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Best for display, as it's really, in my view, too fragile to wear... unless just for photos. NEW LISTING! 

$ 365. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8/10, perhaps 12
(check measurements above)

 


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#6605 - c. 1950's MARY CARTER by WILL STEINMAN Ballgown of Pink Floral Silk Taffeta with Clear Sequins! I always need to say upfront when one of my beauties isn't perfect, because I don't want you to fall madly in love with this before you know the condition issues. See the close-up photos to see the underarm stains (including one small material tear) and the minor stains here and there on the dress. Unless you have an amazing dry-cleaner, you can perhaps add a matching pink velvet or silk ribbon around the top of the bustline to cover the underarm issues.  The other spots here and there are lost in the pattern of the dress unless inspecting. The ballgown shape of this gown is exquisite!  Better than you see in the photo.  The skirt is heavily crinolined, especially at the hips and makes that fabulous "swishing" sound when it moves. Priced to reflect the issues, but a gorgeous vintage ballgown never the less.  Measures:  33/34" bust, 25" waist (26" if you don't want to breathe), 42" long from waist to hem. Metal zipper at back. 

$ 345. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2
(check measurements above)

 


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#6634 - c. 1983-1994 JACQUELINE de RIBES, Make in France Black Linen Dress!  From a PEOPLE Magazine, Dec 1985 article: One of  "Paris' legendary beauties, the Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes' sophisticated line ($1,000 to $8,000) is sold in major department stores coast to coast.  De Ribes is not the first lady of means to peel off her evening gloves and join fashion's working class. In fact, designing socialites are all the rage. Diane Von Furstenberg,  Gloria Vanderbilt, and her friend Carolina Herrera, who, like de Ribes, is a member of the best-dressed Hall of Fame. Her celeb clients include Cher, Nancy Reagan and Joan Collins." So... I always seek out the best de Ribes dresses.  There are many I don't personally like, but when she designed well... she could rival Balenciaga!  This is one of those... a simple, yet stunningly tailored summer black linen dress with back zip and black buttons at back wide straps.  Dropped waistline with slightly gathered skirt.   Near perfection!  Measures: 36" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 35" dropped waist (3.5" below natural waistline), up to 38" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem. Beautifully made, hand stitched zipper, fully lined. My last Antiquedress.com Jacqueline de Ribes fancy dress sold for $5,000! For the woman who understands "less is more"! :)   

$ 1,285. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 


SOLD

#7169 - c. 1950's HENRI BENDEL, New York "Young Timers", Forth Floor Nearly Black Raw Silk Dress with Red Roses!  I don't know what it is, but I'm usually don't sell a lot of prints because I like so few.  But for some reason my favorites are always roses! I adore this nearly black raw silk dress with built in crinoline, though I show with an extra as well. Great shape.   Look at the photos to see the "v" back at the waist.. just one of those great tailoring touches!  Achingly lovely!  One of those that is difficult for me to sell.  Luckily it's a bit large for me... though tempting to tailor to fit me. :(   Perhaps one of you will buy this for me for my birthday??? :)Excellent condition.  Metal zipper at back.  Measures: 38" bust, up to 29" waist, 30" long from waist to hem.  

$ 845. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
(check measurements above) 

 


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#7322 - c. 1960's MAXANE, Paris White Fully Ruched One Shoulder Dress with "Scarf"!  Oh My GOD what a dress!!! Actually I don't think three exclamations points are enough!!!! I don't know this label, but I should if they designed and manufactured dresses this extraordinary.  White silk dress fully ruched in fantastic modified "sunburst" pattern from the bow at side waist.  One-shoulder neckline with a long hanging "scarf" or "train" at the back.   Back metal zipper. Measures: 34/35" bust, 26" waist (with seam allowance if you need larger), up to 36" hips (with seam allowance if you need larger), 40" long from shoulder to hem.  I'm showing darkened photos of the dress so you can better see the ruching design.  This dress just makes my heartbeat faster.   I don't think my doctor would understand, but I'm sure my vintage gals do! :)  Not in perfect condition as there is yellowing under the one arm (see photos) and tiny tiny marks here and there mostly hiding within the ruching (and you can hide a bit more if you care).  Otherwise a lovely white silk dress.  Would be a fabulous second wedding dress!!! Or for any event.   This would be listed at over $2500 if perfect.  And well worth every penny.  One of the most special vintage dresses you will see.  As wonderful as any Jean Desses. 

$ 1,865. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 


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#0659 - c. 1960's CEIL CHAPMAN Black Beaded and Sequin Evening Dress!  LARGER SIZE!  This is the second time I've had this Ceil Chapman dress... just slightly different... so it was from the same collection.  Let's discuss the dress first.  Fantastic Ceil Chapman piece. The dress is covered all over in black beads and sequins in a festive design.  Long and lean shape meant to be worn low calf length.  Side metal zipper.  The bodice has the crumb catcher design with the upper breasts being the only area not beaded... just black netting.  The only differences in this dress from the other dress I had are the sequined straps and a sequined tiny band around mid-breasts. The other dress was strapless.  I presume you can remove the straps if you wish, but they do look original so I'm leaving as is. To see the other look, click here.  The only other thing to mention is that from the interior, it looks as though the dress was increased in size with insets at the sides, yet from the exterior, it seems this may have been done by the original manufacturer - perhaps a special order sized dress. No one will ever know unless they look at the interior of the dress. Measures:  40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 41" hips, 50" long from shoulder to hem (the hem is out, so just hem to your desired length).  Excellent condition!!!! Once of the best Ceil Chapman dresses! 

$ 1,285. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
(check measurements above)

 


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#6708 - c. early 1990's ISSEY MIYAKE, Made in Japan Black Fully Stretchy Pleated Silk Blouse!  If you are going to get one Issey Miyake piece for your vintage clothing collection, it better be one with the classic Miyake shape and pleating!!  This blouse is so wild lying flat that I could barely figure out which was the top and which was the bottom! I think I got it right! As you can see, the collar is a huge cowl.  The sleeves are "v" shaped at cuffs.  The buttons down front often hide within the pleats. His orange pleated minidress recently sold at auction for $1,800, and a simple new Miyake blouse can sell for $500+. This is a museum quality piece... just for you! 

$ 785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-6
(check measurements above)

 


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#6528 - c. 1950's HOWARD GREER, Beverly Hills Navy Silk Chiffon Dress with Bell Sleeves! This dress is SO lovely on ME. Ok, it looks good on the mannequin too, but she looks good in everything... she doesn't have my figure flaws (wide hips, pear shape body).  Also... I should say upfront... this is NOT a modern size 10, it's more like a 6, so I just didn't want you gals to get all excited.  Who is Howard Greer? You should know if you are a vintage fashionista, but if you are like the new crop of fashionistas.... they need a bit more education.. just ask Sarah Jessica Parker as she was begin honored with a fashion icon tribute. Trying not to display favoritism to any contemporary designer, Ms. Parker wore a tulle dress by Howard Greer. ''But nobody's ever heard of him,'' Ms. Parker said.  She turned to Howard Sokol, the chief executive of Barneys New York. ''Have you heard of Howard Greer?'' Mr. Sokol looked stumped. Geesh!! I wish they would actually teach fashion history in fashion school!!!!!  Anyway, for all the info on Howard Greer who designed for the movies and movie stars during Hollywood's golden age, see the Vintage Fashion Guild's listing at: http://www.vintagefashionguild.org/content/view/1160/121/   Navy silk chiffon dress with white passementarie trim, double layered bell sleeves (awesome!), low sexy neckline, fitted waist, slightly gathered skirt.  Measures:  35" bust, 27.5" waist, up to 37" hips, 28" long skirt with extra 2-3" hem if you want the original length. Back metal zipper. Excellent condition with just tiny pulls at the waist which I assume was from a pin (she knew how to dress!).  A sweetheart of a dress.  Sarah Jessica Parker would approve!! :) 

$ 785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 


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#6794 - c. 1958-1960 Silk Brocade Pink Dress with Matching Swing Coat with Cape Collar!  Balmain Copy by Charlotte, North Carolina Dressmaker, Irene DeBerry!  Donated to a museum by a William McGregor, this dress and matching coat comes direct from that museum with all the information you could want.  This is listed as a "dressmaker copy" of a Balmain design in a Chinese cherry blossom brocade.  Comes with a bow front belt.  Measures:  up to 41" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 40" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition with just a few minor and tiny freckles on bodice, skirt front and two hidden in the folds.  

$ 435. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
(check measurements above)

 

#6650 - c. 2000's HALSTON Gorgeous Sexy Black Heavy Jersey Dress Worn ONCE by Andrea Evans as Rebecca Hotchkiss  in "Passions" Soap Opera! The celebrity connection of this dress may mean nothing to you... or for those of you soap opera watchers... Andrea Evans has been around forever on loads of different shows, so I'm sure you'll recognize her name!   For the rest of you... all you need to recognize is the name "HALSTON"!  So sexy, low neckline to show off your cleavage.  Seamed to follow every curve (see the lightened photos to see the seaming!), and those fabulous double "slashed" shoulders straps... ooh baby.  Mermaid shape with the material flaring and draping from the lower thighs to hem.  Lined in satin so feels great on! Heavy duty breast cups inside so no bra necessary! Excellent condition.  Has the paper Passions sticker inside the dress.  Back zipper. Labeled size 6. Fits the mannequin perfectly at 35" bust, 25" waist, 36" hips, but will stretch to fit anyone at size 6ish. 50" long from shoulder to hem, so it's meant to be low ankle length  (on me at 5'2") or can be full length if you are 5" tall........or if you are taller, this would look great at higher ankle or slightly above length (depending on your height) with strappy sandals.... oooh ... perhaps with ankle straps? 

$ 1,095. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 

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#4073 - c. 1950's Couture FALKENSTEIN Black Silk Chiffon and Champagne Colored Taffeta Grecian Gown! Wow! Top of the line! Exquisite design by Arthur Falkenstein. Falkenstein opened his atelier at the Hotel Meurice in New York in the 1930s. At first he purchased models from Paris and copied them, but by 1941 he was designing a wide gamut of clothing from smart suits to glamorous evening gowns. His designs rivaled the greatest American couturiers of the time including Hattie Carnegie, Sophie of Saks and has the look of a Parisian Jean Desses.  The gown is black taffeta topped with black chiffon draped and wrapped around a narrow skirt. There is an explosion of (removable) champagne colored silk taffeta and black chiffon off the right waist. The bodice is strapless with long chiffon scarf falling from the left shoulder to the ground. Side metal zipper. This gown is best for posing... not easy to wear. Measurements: 33" bust, 25" waist, 35" hips, 41" long from waist to hem. Excellent condition.  However... other than 5 smaller than matchhead sized graduated holes (in a line) in the attached scarf, there are some holes and some repaired holes to the draped chiffon at the hem area.  These were not seen until full inspection.  They are unavoidable on a gown like this.. as they come from walking/heels.  You won't see them under normal conditions.  Other than the fact that the zipper will need a quick machine stitching, the gown is still in remarkable condition for such a rare chiffon designer gown! 

$ 2,350. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(check measurements above)

 


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#4566 - c. 1980's LORIS AZZARO, Paris Hot Pink Changeable Taffeta "MERMAID" Ballgown! If I wrote down all the most glamorous stars who have been wearing Loris Azzaro on the Red Carpet these days, there would be no room for me to write anything else about this gown! A favorite since the 1970's, but especially lately, everybody who is anybody is wearing "Loris Azzaro". Nicole Kidman even wore a vintage Loris Azzaro gown for the New York Premier of "Moulin Rouge". And more recently, Terri Hatcher wore Azzaro for the SAG awards. So... you can be somebody too! And in this gown, your friends WILL be asking "who you are wearing"! Museum quality. Fabulous Design! Made of a unique Azzaro signature changeable taffeta fabric. Simple sheathe gown but with an intriguing crumb-catcher bodice and then .. oh my... the "pleated" overskirt peplum which is much lower in back which looks like clamshells to me... giving you that mermaid quality. The gown comes with matching ruffle-edged shawl for even MORE drama! Excellent condition. Measures:  37/38" bust, 29/30" waist, up to 37/38" hips, 41" long from waist to hem. There is no give to the gown, so these are the maximum measurements! Has internal bra and boning for support.  Looks incredible on!!

$ 1,485. SOLD

Approx. - Size 8/10
(check measurements above)


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#2373 - c. 1950's MARTINI Black Wool Dinner Dress with Sequins and Beaded Bodice! You know you have those events when a fancy dress is too fancy, and business dress too dull. You don't want to look "overdone", yet you have your eye on the guy with the corner office, so heck, it doesn't hurt to show off some of your curves, eh? Mock short neck, sequins all over bodice and upper sleeves to attract his attention. Once you do.. I will leave the rest up to you! I've done MY part supplying the dress! Flattering empire waistline with attached sash and droopy bow. 7/8 length sleeves.. perfect to show off that bracelet ... or lack there of for that guy in the corner office to buy for you! :) The rest of the dress... well, the rest is plain, except for your figure! Feel free to wiggle! :) Back metal zipper. Measures: 34/35" bust, 27" waist, up to 37" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition.

$ 265. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 


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#6625 - c. 1960's DESIGNED BY GIVENCHY / I. Magnin Red Floral Chiffon Print Dress!  Gorgeous red floral printed silk chiffon dress from I. Magnin & Co., labeled "Designed by Givenchy".  This may have been a custom made, special order "in-house" copy from the department store.  The details are fabulous but hard to see in the photos... so look closely at the bodice front and back.  The front has a "tied up" look with flower... almost like an sheer bolero over a sheathe dress.  The back is even better.. loosely wrapped with two tiny bows at top of zipper and waist.  This dress has extra material inside at seams and 3" hem.  Measures:  38" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 40" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem.  Metal zipper at back. 3" hem. Acetate lining. 

$ 545. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
(check measurements above)

 


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#6587- c. 1950's CEIL CHAPMAN Gown of Teal Green Satin and Beading!  LARGER SIZE! Yup... a perfectly wonderful Ceil Chapman beaded gown for you!  So many of you ask for the sizes that will fit larger than a size 6! :)  The color is a bluish tinge green satin (great color... much more flattering to most skin colors then a yellowish green).  Design is reminiscent of an 18th century gown with a beaded  "stomacher" and "underskirt".  Or perhaps that's just taking historical fashion a bit too far.  To the rest of you, it's more like  Metal zipper at back. In Very good condition... there are some minor spots hardly seen (see photo) and two long pulls in the fabric.. and the hem is out, so I will just leave that to you to hem up as you wish.  The beading is in Excellent condition.  Overall great!  Measures:  40" bust, up to 32" waist, 55/56" long from shoulder to hem.

$ 745. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 14ish
(check measurements above)

 


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#5892 - 1940's GOTHE, New York Taupe Crepe Gown with Sequined 3-Dimensional Flowers!  How cool is this??  Here's a gown with 3-D flowers and you don't even need an ugly pair of glasses to see it! And on a Gothe, New York gown!  Gothe was one of the finest design houses of the time period... though this is the first Gothe gown I've seen from the 1940s.  Usually found from the 50's.  This is the kind of gown you'd have seen in the movies of the time... one that would make the movie patrons sit up in their seats and want a gown just like it.  Beside the incredible sequined 3-D fabric rose colored flowers (orchids?) with green leaves, the gown itself has classic 40s details of the very very wide padded shoulders, short fluttering sleeves, fitted bodice, "v" front with gathered front skirt, side metal zipper (great one in brass!), and a sexy slit all the way up the upper back of the gown!  Become a movie siren.  Excellent condition... BUT (yeah, there is always a but in life)... look at the last two photos to see there are underarm stains, that show up at front of the sleeves (slight reddish marks).   Take a look and decide for yourself how much it bothers you, and hardly seen extremely minor pulls in the fabric.  Otherwise you got a hell of a great piece, with top design label! Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 38" hips, 53"  long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 585. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8, perhaps 10 (due to larger bust)
(check measurements above)

 


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#7076 - c. 1960s CHRISTIAN DIOR - New York Dress of Black Silk/Wool Twill!  This dress came from a museum deaccession with the museum tag that reads: "c. 1960-75  Black wool and silk twill cocktail dress with high neckline and front and low scoop in back, sleeveless and fully lined in silk.  Donated by Mrs. Eleanor F. Levy."  I'll have to research the dating of this dress.  Obviously the museum didn't have a clue if they date it 1960-1975!  Wacky.  Aren't museums supposed to have a better handle on these things?  And then the "intern" (or whoever) who wrote the tag couldn't even spell "Christian" correctly.  What is this world coming to???? Anyway, the dress is fabulous!  Unique neckline and armholes. Simple thin self ribbon with bow at front creating an empire shape.  And the lower skirt is just a simple unique seaming creating that terrific look.  Low scoop back.  As "Audrey" as you can get! :) Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 40" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem.   I just tried the dress on to measure.  Damn! Perhaps the most elegant thing I've ever put on!   Takes about 3 seconds to adjust your mentality to the era, and then all you can say is "Wow"!  Excellent condition... pretty much MINT like NEW! NEW LISTING! 

$ 1,465. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#7157 - c. late 1930's/early 1940's MINA-HARRIS, Park Lane Hotel, New York Black Silk Crepe Gown with Appliqued Flowers!!  LARGER SIZE!  Sometimes I can find the greatest vintage dresses in a larger size.  It ain't easy, believe me! :)  But I get so happy for my larger customers, as they must get so depressed to see all the size 6 and under pieces.  So, if this isn't for you, tell your larger sized friends about this, and they will love you for life! :) Gorgeous black silk crepe gown with low neckline at front and even lower scoop neck at back.  Short puffy sleeves and a waist seam to created a stunning silhouette. I show this on the mannequin pinned, but have one photo of the size to show that it looks equally good for a larger shape.  Love the fact that it came from a luxury New York City Hotel boutique dress shop from the 1930s!!  This was during the depression, so this was obviously from a wealthy woman even during that time!!   The multicolored linen flowers are all appliqued on... in lovely placement front and back. Excellent condition. This is one of my FAVORITES!  I saw this this worn on stage (for a few minutes) by a tall woman and it just looked smashing on her!  Measures:  43" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 52" hips, 18" from shoulder to waist, 61" long from shoulder to hem in front, 65" long in back.  Side metal zipper  NEW LISTING!

$ 985. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 12/14, perhaps 16
(check measurements above)

 


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#5017 - c. 1980's CHRISTIAN DIOR Boutique, Paris Goldenrod Colored Satin with Black Silk Velvet and Lace Party Dress! I always try to match the colors exactly to that of the item on my computer.. but all computer screens are different.  This dress is quite a bold color goldenrod.  Not as tame as it might appear if you have a muted screen.  It's a dress that will certainly draw attention.  And is museum worthy!  Black silk velvet bodice with modified boat neck.  Then comes those large poufy sleeves and skirt of a bright goldenrod silk satin with black lace under just ever so slightly peeking out!!  At the shoulders and back waist are large black velvet bows.  A lovely party dress. Excellent condition with just one minor area of light spotting on the skirt (see last photo).  Has inner crinoline netting.

$ 565. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)
 

 


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#9759 - c. 1960's GRENELLE, Roberts Black Silk Chiffon and Crepe Dress! In the 1955, Luis Estevez jointed Grenelle, Ltd. and the next year, at age 24, was the youngest designer to win the coveted Coty award. When he left to pursue his own label, the Grenelle Roberts label was formed. Smashingly designed dress! Black silk chiffon multi-layered full skirt flutters in the breeze (think Marilyn!).  The wide fitted crepe waistband bring the eye to the unique bustline with "wings".  Totally unexpected will have all the right people looking at your bust! :)   If you are small enough for this dress... lucky you! Measures:  30" bust, 23" waist, 25" underbust, up to 36" hips, 28" long from waist to hem. Back metal zipper. Excellent condition.

$ 435. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0
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#4619 - c. 1965 PIERRE CARDIN, Paris/New York Mushroom Colored Wool Knit Mod Dress!  Museum De-accession!  First things first... this dress was missing its original skinny black belt, so I found one that looks nearly perfect.  I will keep it with the dress.  Otherwise, the dress is NEAR MINT condition!   The design is very Cardin - who had an interest in architecture which shows up in his designs.  This dress gives the illusion of wrap, but it isn't. Great detailing at the yoke and hemline of horizontal top-stitching gives it the "modern" look. The color is something like a purply-gray... unique! The buttons are ornamental black leather.  Back zipper.  Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 39" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem. Since it's a knit wool, there is some stretch, though it's fully silk lined.  Has the museum tags attached. 

$ 545. SOLD  

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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#6785 - c. 1960's HOWARD GREER / BRUCE MacINTOSH Puffy Metallic Cocktail Dress!  Damn, I love Howard Greer's clothing! But I'm not the only one... let's see... Rita Hayworth, Mary Pickford, Ingrid Bergman, Jane Russell, Ginger Rogers, Greta Garbo... and most recently Sarah Jessica Parker agree with me! Fabulous quality. Greer's look tended toward the expensive afternoon and evening clothes of fitted torso with eye-catching effects... specifically designed to look good seated at a table with stunning necklines. He was the Chief Designer at Paramount 1924-1927, then opened Greer, Inc. in Los Angeles in 1928. He was the first major costume designer to establish his own couture house and continued to supply film costumes into the 1950s. This is an exquisite silver and gold "puffy" metallic brocade design on a ivory silk.  Has the "Greer" neckline, cap sleeves, wiggle skirt and comes with the original matching thin belt. Excellent condition with the exception of one minor light spot area (see photo).  Hardly seen unless in bright light... and even at that, nearly impossible to see!  Zipper back with hooks over.  Interior lining stain underarm (lining only!). The belt has wear, but rare to even find an original belt, so I'm not apologizing for it! :) Measures: 33" bust, 25"waist, up to 35" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem, 25" from waist to hem. Marked an old size 8. 

$ 945. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4
(check measurements above) 

 


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#7075 - c. 1965 CHRISTIAN DIOR - New York Dress of Black Fine Wool with Black Taffeta "Spanish Flamenco" Ruffle! This dress came from a museum deaccession with the museum tag that reads: "c. 1965 Christian Dior black wool - short black flounce taffeta detail. Donated by Mrs. Kirk London." Black fine wool dress with the most awesome black taffeta double ruffle all the way around the dress from the front hemline wrapping around up to the low scoop back!  Finished off with matching taffeta flower.    but Excellent condition.

$ 1,285. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4

 


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#7244 - c. 1960's Victoria Royal Ltd., Made in British Crown Colony of Hong Kong Silk Chiffon Gown Encrusted with Rhinestones, Sequins and Turquoise Drops!  This is the kind of gown that you always wish you could find when flipping through the pages of the 1960s Vogue magazines.  I can just imagine the photo of Jean Shrimpton with the gown fluttering in the breeze with her 1960s massive hair and distinctive makeup.  I would have lusted after it then, just as I do now!  Nothing ever changes.  Take a look at the close-up photos of the beaded bodice.  It's killer!  And, please take note... this is NOT one of those "coffin dresses" (meaning only beaded in front).  Fully beaded all over the bodice and down past the waist and then scattered beading all over the chiffon skirt!  Perfect 60s satin bow at front.  Slightly high neckline, and high-waisted somewhere lower than a typical empire. Triple layers of material in skirt. Back metal zipper.  Measures: 32" bust (best for small cup size), up to 27" underbust, up to 37" hips (due to lining underskirt), 52" long from shoulder to hem.   At first look, it's near mint condition.  However, you will find some of the beading missing on inspection (easily replaced) and there is one area on the upper right (looking at it) side of the chiffon skirt that is slightly discolored.  Hardly seen unless under the photography lining.  

$ 865. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2
(check measurements above)

 


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#7332 - c. 1980's VICTOR COSTA for Saks Fifth Avenue Purple Jersey Strapless Gown!  I don't have to say anything.  Just look.  If you love Jean Desses and Ceil Chapman draped dresses and gowns... so did Victor Costa as he re-created it for you in this gown....and threw in a little Jessica Rabbit bodice and fabulous tulip hemline and dropped waist for that hourglass figure!  Even down to the tulip hemline.  Now, if only it will fit you!! Measures: 36" bust, 28" waist, up to 37/38" hips, approx 43" long from natural waist to hem.  Labeled size 8. Made in USA.  You want more details?  OK... fully lined, back zipper, boned bodice.  Excellent condition. KILLER GOWN!!  NOTE: it's purple, not blue... depending on your monitor it might look blue.

$ 745. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 

 

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#9913 - c. 1967/1968 Ivory Silk Chiffon Gown with Golden Beaded Bodice and Matching Ivory Wool Caftan Coat! Moroccan Look!

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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#6267- c. 1904 DOUGLAS Green Taffeta, Chenille and Velvet Hat with Full Bird of Paradise! Check out this link which shows the actual article from "The Delineator", Winter 1903 showing "The Winter Millinery". As you will read: "Bird of Paradise plumes distinguish many of the best creations." This article will also show you how these hats were to be worn, high on the gibson girl hairdos:   http://www.victoriana.com/EdwardianHats/edwardian-hats-1903.html .  I wish I could say that this hat is in mint condition, but the green taffeta is quite fragile and is flaking off.  The green chenille is woven in and out of an open straw base...which looks like there might be loss, but I believe this is original and meant to look this way (as evidenced by the crown under the feathers, which looks to be in original good condition) . Measures:  11" x 13".   The interior lining is very shredded (see photo).  The bird is in excellent condition with glass eyes.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 865. SOLD

  


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#7158 - c. 1960's PAULINE TRIGERE Black Silk Velvet Babydoll Dress with Dazzling Large Rhinestones!  If you know Trigere, you will immediately recognize the oversized flat rhinestones she used on many of her pieces... I've even had a chiffon gown with these same stones, as well as a wool coat.  They DAZZLE!  So brilliant you might need your sunglasses! :)  I had a Xmas party to attend this year and this was the first dress I grabbed from my huge stock to try on to wear.  However, sadly for me, it was too large on me.  That's probably good for you!  I have to say, even too large it was gorgeous on... and perfectly in style today with the slightly puffy shoulders on the short sleeves.  You'd swear it was made for a Fall/Winter 2010 collection. You can see the slightly high "babydoll" waistline. Wide scoop neckline. Back zipper.  Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 39" hips, 36" long from shoulder to hem.  So... now... Excellent Condition except... someone opened the dress seams to increase the size.  You will only see this when you are inspecting the dress as the black velvet pretty much hides it. But I've lighted the photos so you can see the side seams were opened and the bust darts.  You can leave as is, and be happy it will now fit you, or put back to the original size just by following the seam tracks.  I didn't notice any of this until under the photography lights.  In regular light, or evening light, you won't see anything amiss. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Trust me!!!!  And comfy to wear!  

$ 845.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
(check measurements above)

 


#6990 - c. 1920's Brasstone Metal Flapper Deco Headpiece with Enamel Drops and Faux Pearls!  In my years of collecting, I've actually sold six, oops now 7 of these, so I'm assuming they they were quite popular in the 20's.  Probably was the "must have" of the era... kind of like the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress of the 1970s.  Either that, or I keep buying back the same one piece over and over again!  Gosh, I hope not! Too embarrassing!! No, I think my first assessment is accurate (so I'm stickin' to it!)... please know I'm just kidding... I know they are all different!  Even though I've had a few, I seek them out and I have to tell you, they are getting MUCH harder to find!!  So if you want one... don't hesitate.  I might be running out of "flapper headpiece luck".  Adjustable slightly hammered gold or brass tone metal bands at the top to fit anyone.  Green enamel drops at the bottom of the deco design earpieces and faux peals draped from the movable bar. ... so they shimmy when you Charleston.  The perfect accessory for your next 1920's dressup. The three brassy headpieces fold into each other for easy packing.  The overall patina is slightly darker and less shiny than it looks in the photos (under bright lights).  Excellent condition. Can be slightly bent by hand to match your headshape and size (I know because I tried it! :) and then hammered down to keep that shape. Will even fit an extra large head! NEW LISTING! Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Category.

$ 995. SOLD

 


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#9797 - c. late 1950's, early 1960's HALSTON Designed Large Straw Hat "Made to Order" at Bergdorf Goodman!  
In the 1950's, a skinny guy named Roy Halston Frowick open a millinery shop in the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago.  Within months he was making hats for Kim Novak, Hedda Hopper, Deborah Kerr, etc. In 1957 (at age 25) he moved to NYC and immediately got a job at prestigious Lilly Dache milliners.  Only a year later he moved to Bergdorf Goodman as head designer for their "Made to Order" millinery department. His biggest claim to fame was designing Jackie Kennedy's famous pillbox hat!   In 1966 Bergdorf introduced his first clothing collection and in 1968 he went out on his own.... the rest is history! One of the best Halston hat you will find! Fine straw in large lampshade shape which is trimmed in black silk chiffon.  Excellent condition! The perfect summer, elegant hat... and a collectors dream! Measures: 15/5" x 14.5", 6" tall.  
NEW LISTING! 

$ 685 SOLD

 


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#6715 - c. 1980's Silver "Mirror Ball" Metallic Mermaid Gown! Make yourself the center of attention!  I know this for a fact because I wore this gown to a Xmas gala (1970's Las Vegas Theme!) and trust me... I wasn't lost in the crowd!!!  :) And got lots of great comments from women and men alike!  This is not one of my usual well-made garments of the best fabrics.  Nope.  It's rather one of those middle-of-the-road mass produced garments.  However, I just couldn't resist the look! And for those of you who want to WOW without looking cheap.... I think this is the perfect gown!  It is a stretchy fabric, very comfortable and light. And, oh my god, it looks great on!  You will be the mirror ball in the crowd.  Does not need a lot of accessories... please! The measurements will look large, but these are the maximum... still looks great on me at 33" bust, 26" waist, 37" hips (can you say "pear"! :(   So... Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 41" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem. Back zipper. Fully lined.  

$ 265. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
(check measurements above)

 

 


#9959 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE  Beaded Gown on Printed Silk!

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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Worn by CANDICE BERGEN in
TV Show "Murphy Brown"

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#6692 - c. 1993 RARE MOSCHINO COUTURE Jacket of Deep Navy Gabardine Heavily Embellished with White Pearl Buttons!  Worn by CANDICE BERGEN in an episode of "Murphy Brown"! Valued at $3,150!  Donated by Candice Bergen from her personal collection (kept after wearing on her hit sitcom, Murphy Brown) comes this exquisite Moschino Couture jacket!  This exceptional couture jacket is crafted in an acetate/rayon blend gabardine (feels SO SOFT... like butta!!) and is heavily embellished with white pearl buttons in the London Pearly King/Queen tradition (popularized by "Mary Poppins" to those of you who don't recognize this look!)  Jacket features single large front button closure with ‘Moschino Couture’ imprint that matches the various size buttons sewn throughout the jacket, along with hidden snap front closure for a perfect fit.  A red satin heart (representing "charity") adorns the front of the jacket, along with a red satin circle and diamond on the right sleeve.  ‘LOVE’ is written diagonally along the front in a unique button pattern.  Jacket features two front flap hip pockets and fabulous wide notched sleeve. In addition to the Bergdorf Goodman on the Plaza label, is the ‘Moschino Couture Repetita Juvant’, Made in Italy label celebrating his company's 10 years in the biz by re-visiting some of his favorite past designs.  Sadly Franco Moschino died the following year in 1994.  This heavily embellished jacket is in pristine, mint condition and shows no wear whatsoever, with the exception of a few nicks on a few of the buttons.  A truly amazing find for the couture collector!  Measures: 36" bust, 32" waist, up to 39" hips, 24" sleeves, 16" shoulder to shoulder.  VALUED at $3,150! Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category. 

$ 1,465. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
(check measurements above)

 

#4962 - c. 1885 RARE Black and Copper Fully Beaded Zouave Bolero Jacket! Wearable Size!

#4736 - c. 1906 RARE DATED October 16, 1906 Wool Side Saddle Habit with Provenance on Original Label for Mrs. Winslow Clark! WEARABLE SIZE!!

AUTHENTIC - NATALIE WOOD Jumper

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#6139 - c. 1971 CAROLINE EAVIS and ANNA CROSBY-BROWN (Of  Eavis & Brown) Dusty Rose Suede Jumper Previously Owned by Natalie Wood! Sold at Miss Selfridge, London!  Eavis & Brown of London (as they are now known) seemed an overnight sensation when they designed Heather Mills' wedding gown for her marriage to Paul McCartney.  Said to cost over $35,000, there was certainly a lot of hoopla surrounding it!  But this leather and suede appliqued dusty rose pig suede jumper proves it takes decades to become "an overnight sensation"!  Cornflower blue, fuschia and eggplant colored leathers appliqued with and pink, rose, tan and gray colored suede on a dusty rose suede base. Fully lined in acetate.  Excellent condition. This jumper comes with a signed COA from Zsa-Zsa's Closet, Glendale, CA that is was owned by the fabulous Natalie Wood! I have no absolute documentation, ie. no photos of Natalie in this, so it's not absolutely guaranteed, but it's a damn good bet!  Natalie's style, her size, the right era, and here's the best piece of trivia... Natalie's actress sister, Lana Wood, was cast in a minor role in "Diamonds are Forever" filming in London in 1971!  So... I'm assuming Natalie went to visit her sister there and did a little shopping!  :)  I'd be willing to stake my reputation that this is indeed a Natalie Wood owned piece. So it is a museum piece of London's fashion history as well as Hollywood memorabilia piece! Measures: open bust, 24" waist, 35/36" hips, 24-27" long from waist to hem. Natalie Wood items are scarce! Also listed in the Memorabilia Category.

 $ 2,895. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
(check measurements above)

 

#6376 - c. 1919-1922 RARE REVILLE, London Black Chantilly Lace Cape! 

#4950 - c. 1910-1914 Black Chantilly Lace Evening Wrap Cape Trimmed in Gold Bullion Lace and Tassels! One of the MOST Extraordinary Shawls! 

#4722 - c. 1902 REDFERN, Paris Trained Evening Gown of Black Chantilly Lace and Heavily Trimmed in Black Paillettes!

#6241 - c. 1890's The John Shillito Co., Cincinatti Royal Purple Wool Walking Gown Covered in Elaborate Black Soutache!

#6233 - c. 1902/1903 Open Weave Military Design Slightly Trained Walking Suit!

#6242 - c. 1904 Rare and Beautiful "Military Style" Tailored Royal Blue Wool, Angora and Velvet 2-piece Trained Walking Suit!  

#4260 - c. 1879 RARE Trained Red Wool Embroidered At Home Robe with Watteau Back with Actual Cabinet Card Photograph of Original Owner!

#4534 - c. 1895/6 Museum Quality Champagne Embroidered Silk Taffeta Dressing Gown! Near Mint Condition!


#6682 - c. 1908-1909 Dark Burgundy Wool and Coral Satin Cutwork Trained Afternoon Gown with photo of the Original Owner, Ione Fischer of Palo, Illinois!
 
#6320 - c. 1920's Black Deco Beaded Flapper Dress with Chiffon Scarves!

#4453 - c. 1924 RARE Molyneux, 5 Rue Royale, Paris Fully Beaded Flapper Dress of Genuine Turquoise Beads on Black Crepe Silk! Larger Size!

#4496 - c. 1927/28 Museum Quality Sequin Peacock Design Flapper Dress! Made in France or Belgium! 

   
     
  


#6445- c. 1991 MICHAEL HOBAN, WHERE MI, 1991 Black Leather Skirt and Motorcycle Jacket Appliqued with Huge Red and Green Leather Roses and Banners of "True Love"!  The BEST leather outfit I've ever see! For a girly-girl with attitude!  Michael Hoban is "the" name in leathers. He was the designing brains behind North Beach Leather - so popular in the 1980's.  This line created in 1991 under his own label created "message" leathers.  However, the 1990's was all about Georgio Armani-type luxurious simplicity clothing, and snazzy leathers were "out".   But it's time to revive fashion!  It's gotten so boring!! Wear your tattoos on your clothing.  It's time for a little "True Love"... especially if you are a big fan of "The Princess Bride" movie (those of you who are will understand).  Heavy metal zippers at front and cuffs and pockets.  Excellent condition with only one problem... the belt buckle is missing the metal "tongue", so it's a trip to the shoe repair, or can certainly be worn without it - just not as securely.  Skirt Measures:  28" waist, 36" hip, 17.5" long from waist to hem.  Jacket Measures: 19" long from back neck to hem. The jacket back has expandable gussets for stretch and comfort. Fully lined pieces. 

#4670 - c. 1911 JACQUES DOUCET, Paris Elaborately Beaded Chiffon Evening Gown! An exquisitely beautiful and rare elaborate evening gown of wedgewood-blue/gray silk chiffon heavily embroidered in small coral and large "white-heart" beads over matching blue/gray satin with matching velvet sash.  Pink satin accentuates the neckline and upper back and gold metallic lace adorns the bodice front and back and inner sleeve.  There are so many things wrong with this piece, that it's really only for study or display.  Ah, where to start with the issues... The joke is that this gown must have been was worn on the Titanic and the label faded from the saltwater ocean during the sinking! :)  However, the true story is almost more unbelieveable....  long story short, the Doucet label has been drawn over!  It is guaranteed Doucet, but the preservationist somehow ruined the label and then tried to cover her mistake by inking her own!!!  Unbelievable but true! I was told she ended up with mental issues!!  I'm right behind her after seeing what she did to this label!  Get me that straightjacket!  Anyway, guess she was the one who also reinforced the bodice with netting to keep the shredded silk lining from getting worse, though it's still a mess inside the bodice. The skirt is unlined. The exterior of the gown has missing coral beads here and there and larger missing beads from the decorative ornaments at back waist. The wedgewood-blue/gray silk chiffon and underdress of matching satin are in decent condition.  This gown is only for study or display. I can only sell this as "attributed to" Doucet until, or unless I find an etching of this Doucet model in some old fashion magazine.  NOTE: No Returns on this gown to preserve condition "as is".   

SOLD

Approx. - SIZE minus 00 - preteen size
(check measurements above)

#6245 - c. 1882 Wedding Bustle Gown of Ivory Satin with Pearls and Silk Confetti Fringe! Back Lacing! Long Train! 

#3974 - c. 1879 VIROLLEAU & CANIVET, Paris Navy-hued Black Velvet Beaded Bustle Gown! Ah, where do I start on this gown?? This is one of the most amazing beaded creations I've seen! I guess we have to start with a pause .. (one-one thousand, two-one thousand... ) to just sit and have you appreciate the incredible look of this gown! All the fabulous decoration you see is jet beading on both the front and back of this amazing Parisian creation. Now once you get your breath back, we can go on... because there are problems... mostly in the interior but that's what keeps the price affordable for a gown of this caliber. The first few letters of the label is missing, but I've been assured by the previous owner that the correct designer name is Virolleau & Canivet. The important "Paris" and the address is still readable as: 143 Place de la Bourse, Paris. There are large velvet side panels that were added to the bodice to increase the size. These panels match perfectly, but are unbeaded, and don't really show when displayed or worn as they are hidden beneath the wide sleeves and beaded cuffs. The lining inside the bodice is a mess as you can see in the photo. Navy hued velvet. The beading on the skirt is in fabulous condition... though there are missing beads to the tasseled fringe. There is wear to the velvet at the skirt waist. Lovely "v" shaped crenellated hemline on lower unbeaded "underskirt"! Measures: 41" long skirt from waist to hem. If you don't expect perfection you will be thrilled!

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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#3715 - c. 1885 Black Jet Beaded Bodice with Original Tiered Chantilly Lace Skirt Bustle Reception Gown! So the Vanderbilts have now invited you to the formal dinner party. You plan to go with your new filthy rich beau and need to look the part! You were smart enough to have this little number was hanging in your closet for this very type of occasion. Total high society outfit! The bodice material is called grenadine (like a heavy netting) which is "embroidered" with jet beads all over.. and trimmed in black chenille for decoration at the sides! The black chantilly lace of the skirt is echoed at the neck and cuffs. Pretty little bowknots of yellow faille ribbon add a hint of color at the collar and cuffs. The all chantilly lace skirt has six tiers and bustles up at the back. Photographed with a bustle undergarment (not include). Measures: 30" bust, 23" waist, 36" long from waist to hem. There are some browning threads of the beading, but it's still overall Very Good to Excellent condition. And an absolute dream to look at!

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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#6303 - c. 1893 RARE Mrs. William Astor's Sage Green Silk and Brocade Trained Gown with Beaded Sleeves and Trim! Museum De-accession with Tags!  One Piece!  Very Large Size!  Possibly a Worth Gown!
 

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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#4691- c. 1882 LEVILLON, Paris Burgundy Façonné Floral Rose Velvet, Cream Satin and Alençon Lace Trained Evening Reception Gown!  Wearable Size!

 


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#6329 - c. 1900-1910 LIBERTY & Co., London & Paris Burnous (or Burnoose) of Fine Slate Blue Cashmere Wool and Blue Velvet with Tasseled Back!  Think Armani of the 1990's... high-class, architectural simplicity of the finest materials!  Liberty & Co. was renown for their quality textiles. This burnous or burnoose (cape cloak) might have been for the  most wealthy of women who could buy "Liberty & Co." for her most basic wrap!   Often you might find Liberty burnouses that are decorated with embroidery, however the only decoration on this burnous is the trim of velvet collar and one great pastel silk tassel at the back.  The color is a lovely soft slate blue with a darker blue silk velvet large shawl draping collar.  The collar can be worn in two ways... buttoned up, or unbuttoned (see photos). Near Mint condition... I can't find anything wrong!  Not lined - never was.  Measures:  46" long from shoulder to hem. Wearable art!

$ 945. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE - once size fits all
(check measurements above)

 

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#6814 - c. 1912-1914 Ivory Silk Satin Embroidered Coat with Long Tassels! Attributed to Liberty & Co., London!
This coat is SO exquisite, I wonder if it was a wedding coat!  Just so special and in fabulous condition!  Where to start?  I don't know.... I'm at a loss for words. Perhaps with the magnificent silk inside and out?  Yup!! Just one of the many reasons why I believe this to be a Liberty & Co. piece.  Then there is that long "v" collared back with long 13" silk tassel.  And similar style in front with two additional 13" long tassels.  Oh, and then your REALLY need to look at the close-up photos to see the killer ivory-on-ivory embroidery detail down the sleeves and down the front of the diagonally closed coat.  Closes with three large macrame frog buttons. There is a button at the neck at front, but this mannequin's neck is too large for it.  Measures: 44- 51" long from shoulder to hem (the hemline dips at the sides). Excellent, near mint condition with only tiny pinholes to the right of the pocket at one side, and it's possible the macramed buttons might have a bit of wear.  The lining is the same ivory material... equally lovely!

$ 1,265. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-10
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#4815 - c. 1893 EMILE PINGAT, Paris Museum Quality 2-Tone Beaded Dusty Rose Wool and Silk Velvet Mantelette with Striped Balls and Feather Fringe! 


#4827 - c. 1870's RARE GASTON COURTOIS Costumier, Paris Louis XIII Fancy Dress Ball or Theatrical Costume Vest!  

#3876a - c. 1891 Afternoon Reception Gown of Olive Green Ottoman Silk with Matching Brocaded Cut Velvet!
LARGE WEARABLE SIZE! Near MINT Condition! I wouldn't normally look twice at an olive gown... with my olive skin coloring... but... The color is prettier than in the photos... slightly less yellow (I hate my camera.. oh well).. See the close-up photo of the sleeve... that's the closest to the correct color! Anyway, this is exquisite! Only one word to use. Opulent! Heavy ottoman silk for great weight forms the basis, but it's the brocaded velvet (like cut velvet) that raises this gown to the level of Worth Couture. Please look at the close-up photos! Small velvet hanging balls outline the wide cuff sleeves, and squared lapels. Bodice is also trimmed in black lace which echoes the black lace underbodice over ecru faille silk to "pop" the design. Near MINT condition, inside and out. And in a VERY wearable size! Measures: 40" bust, 37" bodice waist, 38" skirt waist, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 46" long from waist to hem in back.

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#3622 - c. 1884 2-piece Brocade and Taffeta Afternoon Bustle Gown! So perfect, it could be a doll. Elegant grey/green and muted red create a lovely brocade, trimmed in grey/green taffeta with a double pleated ruffle at the hemline, back bustle and apron front. Collectable on their own are the 16 buttons of alabaster with bronze overlay. Lace cuffs. Excellent condition with just the skirt waistband shredding for some unknown reason since the rest of the materials are strong, and like new! If you pressed me, I might tell you that there are extreme minor spots, but really, other than the waistband, it would be hard to find it in better condition after 120 years. Photographed with bustle undergarment (not included). Measures: 30" bust, 23" waist, 37" long from waist to hem.

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c. 1893
CONNELL, Chicago
Warp Print Taffeta Evening Gown

#3253

 

 

#9712 - c. 1880's Teal Silk Dressing Gown, Wrapper or Robe d'Chambre with Intricate Petti-Embroidery Paisley, Fabulous Passementerie Dangles and Watteau Trained Back!! Museum Quality! I love getting items from family when the provenance is SO wrong! It's funny! Luckily some family members understand the old "telephone" game where you tell someone a short story and "pass it down"... and the story ends up totally different at the end of a short line of people. Imagine how messed up family stories can get over 100+ years! However, some family members will NOT listen! It's amazing! They show me a 1950's dress and tell me their Grandmother wore it in 1920! And when I tell them that's likely impossible, they tell me I'm wrong. Oh well... I find it humorous! :) Anyway.. the family story for this gown was: "A pre-1900 evening gown that was worn by my great grandmother to an Inaugural Ball." However this same woman told me that her dad had a 3" scar on his forehead "from the war." It wasn't until I she was in her 40's that she found out it was from a neighbor kid who hit him with a 2 x 4! See... I LOVE this stuff! :) Anyway.. the dressing gown or home gown is an absolute beauty! It is a beautiful dark teal green heavy silk with fabulous watteau back and museum quality petti-embroidered paisley trim! You HAVE to look at the paisley very closely to even notice that it's embroidered! Awesome! The dozens of passementerie dangles seem to be everywhere, even on the cuffs! Even the 40 steel cut buttons down front are lovely (one missing middle). Unfortunately there are some problems. the underarm staining, minor dark spots, and "mud" spot on the train are forgiveable, but there is a pinwheel shape tear at the back of the lower gown that will need repair to look nearly perfect (see photo). Measures: 38" bust, 13.5" across back, 55" long from shoulder to hem in front, 64" long in back. At my 5'2" it touches the ground in front. This gown belongs in a museum for the paisley and unique-designed upper watteau back! (Sorry I didn't press this gown better!!!! I was too lazy. Bad Deborah!).

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#4757 - c. early 1870's 4-piece Light Coffee Colored Silk Taffeta Trained Afternoon or Reception Bustle Gown! Looks Unworn!  Comes with the Original Bustle "Buskette"! Perhaps "she" tried it on for the big event she was scheduled to attend, but at the last minute she wasn't able to go.. or... this was intended as a wedding gown for a poor bride whose intended got cold feet, or worse.  But it's been beautifully preserved over the last 130+ years and looks practically new!  De-assessioned from a Denver museum, from the Griggs-Black collection.  The gown is three pieces.. the underskirt, the overskirt with train and the button-front bodice with great 3-D silk  decorative buttons (see photo).  Wonderful shaping to the bodice includes the bell sleeves with three matching bows on each bell, and tailored peplum. The bows are echoed on the overskirt.  The back bustle includes large crossed tab tails!  Quite unique!  In addition you get the original brass and wire bustle pad!  The interior of the bodice is a polished cotton and again looks unworn. Mint condition. Measures: 29" bust, 24" waist, 40" long skirt in front, 55" long in back, 19" long overskirt in front, 38" in back, 14" across bodice back between armseams.

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#4161 - c. 1867 Lovely Summer White Cotton Print Gown! Crisp, white cotton one piece voile dress is printed with light aqua and brown fuchsia flowers in Amazing condition!!! The gown is all hand stitched and trimmed with linen bobbin lace. The bodice is lined in white linen and comes with a separate modesty neckline insert (very sexy to wear without the panel! :). There is a deep side pocket in the skirt & a small watch pocket at the waist. One small brown stain in front, 2 pin holes in skirt, a few period mends but truly Excellent condition.. hard to believe it's this great for age!! You'll believe you stepped back in time as the material is as crisp and clean as new! Shown with hoop and slip under, but doesn't come with that. Sorry! Just the great sheer dress! Measures: 33/34" bust, 26" waist (but it's short waisted, but hooks can be moved a bit to fit), Measures: 44" long from waist to hem in front, 55" long from waist to hem in back., 12" across back between armseams, so no wide backs. I have a fairly small back, but wear a normal size 6.. and it's do-able for me.. if I stand up straight! :)

c. 1870/1880
EMILE PINGAT, Paris
Velvet Beaded Dolman Cape
#2788

 

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#4848 - c. 1887 EMILE PINGAT, Paris Red Bengaline Mantel Dripping with Black Jet Beading!  As you may know, Pingat was know for his elaborate surface decoration ... and often relied on beading to make his pieces stand out... and that is what this mantle is all about! A fairly basic red bengaline mantle... waist length in back and nearly knee length at front.  And just like a cape, it just wraps around the arms, but there is also an extra length of material at the front of the sleeve. OK.. that's the basics.  Now comes the fancy black jet beading passementerie.  Large spiral circles cover front and back and around bottom.  Oh, and then... ta-da... The incredible jet black beaded fringe!!  Short in back, and extremely long in front!  The collar frill is of horsehair lace (with some fading into red at the back of the lace).  Basically excellent condition  "as is", that means that there are a few issues... the fact that the lining is gone, but label remains.  Most all of the beading in intact including most all of the long heavy jet bead fringe, however you can see that the thread holding on all the beads has turned to brown, so.... you will need to do some re-stringing from time to time.  Not difficult, just time-consuming. Guaranteed Pingat!!! A showpiece for the woman who wore it.  Especially in RED!  Hmmmm.... a high-priced woman of the evening perhaps??  Getting Parisian designer goods from her "customers"?  Hmmmmm. :)  If this were in Mint condition, the price would triple! So for those of you who don't mind beading when necessary... it's a steal! 

$ 1,885. SOLD

 


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c. 1911
Embroidered Fancy White Lawn Dress

#3625

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#3783 - c. 1908 Rare White Lace Lingerie Gown with Peach/Pink Silk Mull Lining! It is nearly impossible to find these white lace gowns with the original tissue thin silk linings still intact. One of the major reasons, besides the fact that the silk is extremely fragile, is that the silk lining would have to be removed from the gown to clean, and then replaced. Many times, they were just not replaced. Now... take your time looking at the amazing lace gown! Details include: Irish lace, appliques, dripping crochet balls at bell sleeves, high neck, ruffled hem, chevron lace design, etc, etc. Too many amazing details to mention. Just look. Excellent condition except for two small age marks (see photos) and small tears in the silk mull lining. If you decide to wear this gown, you will want to remove the lining and store away. The neck on the dressform is large, so I didn't want to stress the dress to close in closeups. Measures: 33-35" bust, 26/27" waist, 57" long from shoulder to hem in front, 59" long from shoulder to hem in back. A gown to die for!

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#4187 - c. 1892 Broiderie Anglaise Lace Cotton 2-piece Summer Gown! A rare early 1890 white! There are loads of "whites" (that's a term for white cotton or linen summer day dresses) still found from 1900+, but I've seen only a handful from the earlier 1890's. Maybe the summers were cold that decade? :) But even if you found others from this decade, very likely they won't be as fabulous as this particular outfit! Excellent condition... if you twist my arm, I will confess to extremely light yellow spots on the skirt. One final bleaching in the sun would likely bring this to near mint condition! Very crisp! Measures: 30" bust, 25/26" waist, 29" long back of bodice, 41.5" long skirt. I was told the name of the lace (I don't want you to think I'm an expert in that area!). But I can tell you that it's a great openwork lace.. not at all fragile and looks handsewn! The long bodice has includes the top tier of the "skirt".. and has hidden buttons down the front with covered placket. The skirt includes the two lowest tiers and is plain at top. Material is a fine cotton linen gauze. I'm sure there's a name for this... very fine!

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#3893 - c. 1909 Black Dotted Silk Edwardian Gown with Great Detailing! Near Mint condition! Had to say that upfront as it's so hard to find! Gorgeous detailing on this black dotted silk gown. Heavily embroidered on net panels with 3-d rosettes in what I believe are stylized daisy and sunflowers. Runched sleeves with same design. High neck with celluloid stays. Front and back of gown dripping in triple ball tassels. I've had to lighten the color to see details.. but the gown is all black with no color change on the embroidered panels. Three layers of fabric... the dotted silk, black gauze under and taffeta under that. Only issue I found was one heel tear in back lining - so she wore it... once. Measures 34" bust 25" waist, 58" long in front shoulder to hem, and 66" long in back. Gorgeous gown. Go back in time as the condition will make you feel like you bought it new!

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#9287 - c. 1908 Gorgeous Black Sequined Evening Gown with Small Train, Ecru Lace and Gold Metallic Lace Trim! LARGER SIZE! It's 1908, and you've been invited to dinner with the Vanderbilts... what to wear? You want to attract the eye of the Vanderbilt heir... so you need a gown with sparkle, yet classy. This seems the perfect gown, yes? He sees you. He falls in love. He marries you. You are now filthy rich... and it's all because you worn this gown! :) OK, back to reality... It's 2004 and you are married to an Average Joe and you will have to forgo eating for a month to purchase this gown on layaway! :) As well you should since these larger sizes are very hard to find!! Check out all the photos so you can see the high neck and 3/4 length sleeves in an off-white soutache net trimmed in gold metallic lace. Then comes a ribbon of black velvet. The rest of the gown is fabulous black sequins in ribbons and bows design on black silk chiffon. Lined in black silk. Condition is very good / Excellent. Really the only issue is some browning of the threads and, or course, some sequins missing. Measures: 42" bust, 37" slightly high waist, 59" long from shoulder to hem in front.  

 

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#9934 - c. 1920's Black Satin Flapper Coat with Monkey Fur Trim! Oh my... have you seen Marilyn Monroe in "The Some Like it Hot" in the scene at the train station? This coat gives you that same look - just a bit less fluffy!  Just carry around a ukulele case! :) Check out the movie trailer at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo10W9sSis0  Please note, this is Colubus monkey which is not endangered. For those of you who understand antique and vintage fashion, you will understand the monkey fur.  For those of you who don't... please understand that I am not making any political statement about furs so please don't write me!  I just sell antique and vintage fashions, and this is part of our history. Actually, today, the greatest threat to their continued existence comes from loss of habitat when forests are cut down, not the fur trade!  Back to the coat... Lovely wide and heavily piped striped detailing at cuffs, down front and back.  High collared neckline as was the fashion of the time. Measures: 34" bust (leaving the button where it is... but if button is moved, you can go up to perhaps a 37" bust), 43" long from shoulder to hem.  There are no buttons at the waist, and no marks where they might have been... hmmm. Perhaps the owner preferred to wear tied closed.  A rare piece from the 20's!  The condition is very good, though there are extreme minor satin bruises at hemline, one side, and one spot at upper bust (covered when worn).  And wear of the fur at the back cuff.  Really little to mention.  The only issue that will need addressing is that due to a bit of drying, there is a row where the fur is coming unattached (second tier of hem).  Would just need a furrier to resew.  Not bad.  Black silk lining is excellent.  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Section.

$ 885.   SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
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#0157 - c. 1925 JEAN PATOU Paris, Cannes, Monte Carlo Couture Numbered Ecru and Black Silk Velvet Flapper Party Dress Trimmed in Rhinestones and Faux Pearls! Larger Size!

 


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#4994 - c. 1926 Exceptional Museum Quality Navy Silk Beaded Afternoon Dress!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

c. 1950's
Ballgown with Rhinestones

#2727

 

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#9665 - c. 1990 - 2000 EAVIS & BROWN, London Platinum Colored Silk Embroidered and Pearl Beaded Dress Jacket! Yes.. Eavis & Brown, the famous English Couturier team who created Heather McCartney's (you know, the new Mrs. Paul McCartney) wedding gown. The gown took months to create, and was said to be worth 19,000 Euros (that's $25,000!). Their designs and beading are phenomenal! And oh baby.. how I LOVE this jacket!!! I must have tried it on 20 times... each time hoping that it would somehow fit me.. this time. That it would magically shrink to my size. However, I finally had to come to the realization that it's too large for me, and I will have to pass this on to someone else. (Excuse me a moment while I weep uncontrollably.... Waaaaahhhhhh!) OK... now if you are a lucky size 10, it's a blush blue/silver color silk (which I called platinum) encrusted with faux pearls and lightly colored pink, blue and ecru silk embroidery. The shape of the jacket is just what I love... fitted through the waist and flared out (like a skating skirt) especially at back. Measures: 36-38" bust, up to 32" waist, 31" long from shoulder to hem, 24" arm from shoulder to cuff. Small padded shoulders. Near mint condition! This jacket is the worthy of royalty... and likely cost MUCH more than this new!!

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#6659 - c. 1920's White Filet Lace and Floral Embroidered Dress!   Perfectly white.  Mint condition. And with fabulous embroidery front and back.  Easily wearable size and can be made smaller with just a quick extra gather at each hip, so it can be one of those heirloom pieces you can keep in your family for generations to come.  Measures:  up to 46" bust, up to 43" waist, up to 43" hips, 45" long from shoulder to hem. There are no closures, just goes on over the head.  Shown on a size 6 mannequin.. it's a bit large on her, but not bad with the gathering at the hips.  The dress is meant to be worn oversized, but some of you will prefer it fitting closer.  OK.. now for the fun part.  These overdresses are as versatile as you want!  Wear over a nude slip for this look, or wear over white for a muted look.  Wear over light blue or pink for a sweet look, or over black for a total transformation! Then... you can also wear a longer underdress so this becomes a tunic.  Perhaps wear a long satin slip under for your wedding ceremony and switch to a short slip for the reception.  Cool, huh?? Whatever you want. But if you want the best... this is it!

 

#6661 - c. 1959/1960 BALENCIAGA, Paris Black & White Silk Puffy Fabric Dress!  Yeah, I know there must be a name for this fabric, but I just don't know it.  I tried to photograph it... it's a slightly puffy silk.  Help me if you know!!  The black and white blend together to five the dress a gray hue.  As you can see, the dress has a modified wrap - it doesn't open all the way, so you don't have to worry.  At the slightly dropped waist is a simple matching tie bow (see close-ups).  Zips up the back. Has the number label under the Balenciaga label. Check out the unique shaping of the armholes!  High round neckline to cover with your pearls! :)  The condition is very good... not Excellent. There is some slight yellow at the extreme edges of neckline and underarm, and the interior seaming just seems "tired". I guess the original owner just loved the dress and wore it!  Not surprising, as it would be great alone, or worn with a black or gray jacket or sweater over. Measures: Up to 40" bust, 33" waist, 40" hips, 41.5" long from shoulder to hem. The price reflects the minor issues, and perhaps just the fact that I personally prefer fancier clothing on this website... so... you win! :)  NEW LISTING!  

$ 295. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10/12 (smallish hips)
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#7057 - c. 1960's OSCAR de La RENTA Brocade Jeweled Dress with Matching Mink Trimmed Jacket!  2-Pieces!  I'll bet you that this is priced lower than it was originally when new in the late 1960s! I recently found some Oscar de La Renta prices in a 1970s Harper's Bazaar, and they ranged from $660 for gown (no jewels or mink), to a simple plain silk crepe slip gown with sable trimmed hem for $1195. SO.... I can only assume that this fancy metallic orange brocaded sleeveless dress with gold braid and jeweled waistband and neckline and matching beaded zip front bolero jacket trimmed in mink collar and cuffs was at LEAST $1000.  Little details include the patch pockets at bust and what you love to find when trying on a new dress... side pockets! Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 42" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem, 16" long jacket. Marked size 10, but that's an old sizing. Excellent condition!  

$ 885. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6, smallish 8
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#3551 - c. 1916 Miss Penfield's Walking Suit of Chocolate Brown Ratine with Black Soutache from F. SQUARENINA & Co., from the Bavarian area! Good Size! Such a great dark chocolate color that my mouth starts to water! The material is called ratine, but it's a midweight twill of perhaps a wool/silk blend. The black soutache trim design is fabulous!! I don't need to describe it... just look! If you don't love it, you probably shouldn't be on my website!! :) The skirt is pleated all around with an interesting soutache panel hanging down front and back. The skirt is not meant to be floor length... in 1916 skirts we worn at low calf. The jacket is gorgeous! Wrap front, great design, flap pockets, pleats at back. The skirt is unlined, but the jacket had been fully re-lined in white when I purchased it, but the seamstress forgot to leave a slit for the buttonhole at front!! So... that is something you will have to take care of to probably wear. I didn't resew the buttons at waist as it's really a question of your waist size, so again, I'm leaving that to you. My job is to find the gorgeous antique and vintage pieces out there! I can't do EVERYTHING! :) Measures: 38" long skirt, 34-38" bust (but with a 13" across back between armseams, so that's small), 29/30" waist skirt, 29" long jacket from back neck to hem. Excellent condition other than the button issue and could use hooks on waistband!

 

   
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#9834 - c. late 1860's Huge Black Handmade Chantilly Lace Shawl! Near Mint condition! Take note!  There is machine made Chantilly lace... and then there is handmade, handstitched Chantilly lace.   BIG difference!!  This incredible Handmade Chantilly black lace shawl comes directly from a Greenwich, CT estate - you know Greenwich?  Where the REALLY rich people live! :) Probably the wealthiest community in the entire USA. Just to give you some idea of the quality! :)  The design is exquisite, both floral and transitioning into the more geometric styles of the 1870's/1880's. Measures: 110" wide x 57" at longest point of triangular shape. Near Mint condition.  Has two short seams that need to be rejoined. This alone will confirm it is handmade.  As stated in the "Secrets of Real Lace" book, "Huge pieces of Chantilly lace, including shawls, were produced by making the lace in strips 4-5" wide, and joining them with ingenious invisible stitching.... What appears to be tears is just the Chantilly coming apart at the seams.  The original method of joining the strips - a technique known as "raccroc" can be done by using extremely fine tread, such as silk organzine."  I could probably fix the two short breaks, but I like to sell "as is" so the experts can do what they wish. 

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#4549 - c. 1930's Black Crepe Gown with Extraordinary Coral Print Lame Embroidered Sleeves and Neckline! LARGER SIZE! Unfortunately, my poor mannequin has no arms (the fact that she has no head is a whole other issue for the poor dear!)... but if she did have arms, you would see that these sleeves actually are worn pushed up at the elbow so the pool at the mid-arm making it look almost like a short bell sleeve.  The skirt is bias with extra gores for a bit of "mermaid" fullness at the lower third. The belt buckle is a fabulous double carved coral with rhinestones!!  So elegant!!  The printed coral deco floral design is embroidered with gold lame floss for that great shine.  Excellent condition, though in bright light you will see extreme minor reddening of the black crepe at upper back (I tried to photograph!).  Since it's a bias cut, it's nearly impossible to measure anything... however, the best measures 35"! 60" long from shoulder to hem.

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#3099 - c. 1911 Black Jacquard Silk and Metallic Net Lace Trained Evening Gown Trimmed in Rhinestones, Finished with Heavy Beaded Triple Tassel Ornament! Wearable Size!

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#1057 - c. 1930's WORTH Burgundy Velvet Opera Coat!! If you know Antique Clothing, you know WORTH. This extraordinarily soft burgundy velvet coat has extraordinary detailing... .just what you'd expect of a Worth piece. The coat has the Worth Label and coordinating numbered tag under the label. I can't guarantee the date of this piece. It COULD be 1890's from the sleeve style and the catalog number, however the style of the construction of this piece relates much more to the 1930's. I've had this coat/label confirmed by an expert as authentic. The condition is NEAR MINT on the exterior... all the velvet and detailing. I've never seen a more luxurious treatment of velvet than on this garment's collar! The sleeves are "leg-o-mutton" in style with large puffs all the way to the elbow. The "buckle" design in velvet is masterful. Matching burgundy silk lining.

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#0021 - c. 1898
Gorgeous Off-White Linen Battenburg Jacket! I bought this battenburg jacket in Los Angles back in the early 1980's for $1500. With inflation, I should price this jacket at $3000 or more, but, alas... I will give you a chance to own this for the next 20 years or so! Seems a shame for me to hog ALL the great stuff! :) And since it's so wearable, it really should be worn so it can be admired by all. The jacket is nearly perfect. I call it a "butterfly" design, though I think I'm probably seeing things. Small puffy sleeves define the dating of this piece to 1898. Measures: 34-36" bust, 29" long from back neck to hem. Excellent condition! The few broken brides you see at the back in this photo were re-sewn. So easy, even I could do it! And I can't even sew on buttons!! :)

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#1196 - c. 1895 Parisian Grey Silk and Beaded Fancy Ball Gown! Morin Blossier - rue Daunou, Paris Label! Yes... it's true.. I nearly tackled a guy to purchase this gown! At an antique show... this was purchased by someone two minutes before I was going to purchase.. but did I let that stop me? I asked the dealer who bought it and she pointed to him out on the sidewalk....and I asked if he would he sell it to me. To my delight, he said OK. Anyway, now that you have the complete story, if you've been able to read all this and keep your eyes off the dress. Excellent condition heavy grey silk satin 2-piece gown with huge sleeves with black chiffon over. The same black chiffon at neck line and then comes the beading... black and steel beads dangling in a scalloped pattern on the front of the skirt and both front and back of bodice! Completely intact!!! How is that possible!!! Lined in grey silk in remarkably good condition (just a few minor splits but still fairly strong). The beading has oxidized with the fabric in storage and there are "phantom" bead marks on the silk (see photos).. mostly under the beading. However, there is one area on the front of the skirt that must have touched beads in storage and that is marked as well. If perfect, would be in a museum, or sold at Doyle's Auction House in NYC.

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#6028 - c. 1950's CEIL CHAPMAN Ecru Lace Dress! You know Ceil Chapman dresses are coveted. But some just fall short of capturing her true talents.  I think she just burned out after a while, and some of the later dresses aren't as special.  Just my take on it.  So my job is to find the best Ceil Chapman dresses!  Ecru lace fitted bodice dress with off-the-shoulder short sleeves and full skirt.  The skirt has lovely graduated pleated shell design amidst the lace.  Metal zipper at back.  Near Mint condition. Measures: 33/34" bust, 25/26" waist, 25" long from waist to hem. Meant to be worn fitted.  No Wide Backs! But Wide Shoulders will keep the sleeves up better.  Shown with extra crinoline under.  Also shown with ribbon waist and flower - just for fun - doesn't come with it. 

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#4744 - c. 1965 White and Denim-Colored Linen Mod Dress and Matching Double-Breasted Jacket! Deaccessioned from Museum! Attention Emma Peel!  Nothing, and I mean NOTHING that Pierre Cardin or Courreges ever designed was better than this unlabeled 2-piece outfit... dress and matching jacket!!  Why oh Why is it unlabeled!!!  It's so perfect!!  Denim-colored linen A-line, square-neck, unlined sleeveless dress with back metal zipper... trimmed in bold lines of white linen.  Same goes for the double-breasted collared, unlined except for the jacket sleeves. The details include blue self-covered buttons - switching to white color at the bottom of the jacket!  Perfect detailing!  Get out your white go-go boots and tights.  And read up on 2007 Spring's Trend report!  "Sixties Mod will be in vogue"!  So... by it NOW before anyone else snaps this up and you'll kick yourself when you see your rival bought it!!! Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 36" hips, 22" long jacket.  Excellent condition!

$ 785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#4700 - c. 1950's HELENA BARBIERI Saks Fifth Avenue Hot Pink Heavy Princess Brocade Gown with Attached "Train"! Likely never worn as it still has the original tag attached inside the dress, however the Helena Barbieri tag is missing.  I know it's a Barbieri from a website viewer who has the same exact dress WITH the label!!! I will upload her photo asap. Meanwhile, you'll have to trust me, and I can send a copy of those photos with the sale of this dress to confirm. Princess look gown of a very heavy, puffy brocade. Empire waist. Scoop neck in front, low scoop in back on which gathers an attached demi-train with 5 attached bows. It's not really a train, the gown just folds / pleats to create that look. Gorgeous and regal on! Back metal zipper. Excellent condition.. just a few minor minor, minor, minor (do you get the drift...minor!) spots and, oh, the gown needs rehemming - but I will leave that to you to hem at the length you need! Measures 34" bust, 25/26" waist, 56" long from shoulder to hem, 58" long in back.

$ 745. SOLD

Approx. - Size 4
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#6222 - c. 1960's Black Cotton Eyelet Dress! Great look for a little price! The only reason is that it's missing one button (so I could take the time to sew on all new ones, or you can save money and buy it "as is".... and the only other possible issue is the slightly brownish stain (see photos) on the upper bodice that may clean out, and isn't very visible unless inspecting. So you get this great black cotton, fully eyelet, scoop neck summer dress with original belt and fine store (Mary Sachs) label all for $185.  This is one of those dresses to throw on in the summer instead of some crappy jeans.  Get pretty for a change!! Measures: 36" bust, 25-28" waist, 40" long from shoulder to hem.  Has fairly sheer slip attached. Previously owned by a Ruth Hines.  Know her? :)  

$ 185.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
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#7052 - c. 1940 Jewett, Inc., East Avenue, Rochester Fabulous Black Crepe Gown with Fringe Tiered Skirt and Matching Fringe Bolero!  Museum Deaccession!
You will be a Hollywood Screen Siren in this outfit... no question! You get that black crepe gown with center front ruching and then starting at the hipline comes rows and rows of black silk fringe!! You can just imagine how this will look when you move, walk, slink, or dance across the floor.  Comes with the original matching silk fringed bolero with small padded shoulders. Measures:  up to 35/36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 38" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Metal side zipper on the dress (or gown if you prefer). Excellent condition.  Could have been designed by Adrian or Molyneux.... it's that fabulous! Even just the bolero worn alone will have you smiling from ear to ear!  Comes with museum tags attached and original registered design tag inside. 

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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#4748 - c. Fall 1995 GEOFFREY BEENE Dark Gray Wool Knit Dress with Fringed Mohair Shawl Coat. Photographed as Plate 121 in the "Geoffrey Beene: The Anatomy of this Work" book by Brenda Cullerton! I know this is a collectable outfit, but you will be hard-pressed not to wear the coat!!! SOOOOO soft and cozy.... like wearing a bathrobe... Yet extremely rich and classy looking on. The dress is a back zippered sexy, tight-fitted hourglass shape knit... simple, basic, except for the "bit of whimsy bra" which matches the boucle of the coat. Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 40" hips (even though it's labeled size 6!), 39" long from shoulder to hem. The coat is unmeasureable, but just a smidge shorter than the dress and in a wrap style. Marked size 4 but certainly easily wearable up to a 10ish. Mint condition.

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#4357 - c. 2000's GEORGIO ARMANI Black Label Silk Cutwork Velvet Fancy Jacket! $4,775 Original Price Still Attached! My mother recently said "Why don't they make beautiful clothing anymore?" I happened to have this jacket with me at the time. I pulled it out for her to see, and she said "Wow.. Like that!!". I told her the real answer. They still DO make beautiful clothing these days... you just have to pay top price... unless, of course, you buy it here for more than 80% off original price!! Gorgeous, amazing, unique evening jacket of black silk velvet with sweeping floral cutwork over what looks like a white linen! Mandarin (chinese) shape of the black satin trim with the self-covered buttons. Oriental flare to the design as well. Wear with flowing black or white satin pants! For those of you who love to be "dressed" without wearing a dress! Would be equally perfect over jeans! Labeled size 42. Excellent condition. Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 36" hips best, though can be larger if you don't mind the back vent opening, 33" long from shoulder to hem.

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#3247 - c. 1950's CLAIRE McCARDELL Silk Mini Pleated Dress! Claire McCardell was the innovator in easily wearable clothing, and this one is qui

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#3534 - c. late 1940's Collectable CLAIRE MCCARDELL Striped Cotton Dress! One of the nicest Claire McCardell dresses I've seen for sale. Ms. McCardell has been named as one of America's most influential designers. In 1955, one of only three fashion designers to grace the cover of Time Magazine. And with good reason. Claire's career took off in 1940 when she returned to Townley Frocks to design under her own label. Over the next 18 years, she pioneered "American Sportswear", designing practical clothing for women with practical lives. She used simple fabrics like cotton, denim, gingham and jersey and often used closures with nearly industrial hooks. This cotton dress proves what a forward thinker she was.. has all the classic elements: a cotton print that has a distinctive American Southwest feel to it, a fitted bodice with comfortable inset 'Mutton Chop" style sleeves; and a full skirt. The closures are indeed the oversized brass hooks and eyes (a classic McCardell detail.) Excellent condition, however it would have been worn with a belt that is now missing. Measures: 34/35" bust, 25" waist, 26" long from waist to hem (with additional 3" - so it was likely hemmed up). A collectable museum classic... or perfectly wearable if you prefer!

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#4621 - c. 1965 EXTREMELY RARE SIMONETTA & FABIANI Light Off-White Wool Coat! The Italian Duchesa Simonetta Colonna di Cesaro (yup, a real Duchess!) married designer Alberto Fabiani (her second husband) in 1953. However they followed their own separate careers until they merger for their French Haute Couture label "Simonetta et Fabiani, Paris" in 1962. In 1965 Simonetta moved back to Rome, so this label only lasted for 3 years! Rare piece indeed!! Second label under reads "1006". As written... Simonetta is fast becoming a legend. As beautiful as any of her models, she and her family were imprisoned several items by Mussolini during WWII, but always dreamed of opening her own couture house. Finally at 24 years old, she established herself as the youngest, but most exciting designers in Italy. She is best known for clothes that are sophisticated, dramatic and cleanly cut. And is especially famous for her coats, which are almost always tent-shaped. Her husband, Fabiani was best known for consistently elegant and superlative workmanship. This coat tailoring evokes the mod styling of Pierre Cardin and Extremely heavy off-white fuzzy wool coat with great tailoring and seaming! With large wooden buttons, I believe! Wide-bodied shape tapers a bit at bottom. Two vertical pockets at front. 3/4 length sleeves. Fully lined. Excellent condition... with just a two light areas of dirt, and extreme minor wear just to the top fuzz layer of the wool (see close-up photos). Still rates 9.8 out of 10! Measures: 39" long. Nearly impossible to measure as it's supposed to be worn oversized, and depends on what you wear under. Similarly tailored Fabiani coat was photographed for Oct 1, 1965 Vogue.

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#9708 - c. 1970 RARE NORMAN NORELL for I. Magnin & Co. Plum Brown Silk Velvet and White Mink Coat with Original Belt! As written in the Doyle Auction catalog.... "Original model, shirtwaist design, fitted bodice, straight sleeve., full gathered skirt, self buttons down center front and three inch wide self belt at waist, four inch wide cuff and collar of white mink and voluminous eighteen inch wide hemline border, deep pockets in side seams, line in matching silk taffeta, size 6/8, labeled: Norell and Denise 420." Excellent condition. Sold by Doyle's with an auction estimate of $4,000-6,000! This is one of those vintage pieces that will absolutely increase in value! An investment piece! The only issue to note is that the belt is a bit tired, otherwise in lovely condition! Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 31" waist, 49" long from shoulder to hem. NEW LISTING! Also listed in the Museum Section.SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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#3343 - c. 1977 Rare MICHAELE VOLLBRACH Paul Gauguin Kimono Art Gown! Former Coty Fashion Design Winner! An absolute work of art! Stylizing Gauguin's famous work, "Fatata te Miti", painted in 1892, Vollbrach used the color palette and images, and captured the look on fabric! I like it better than Gauguin's original! Recently lured out of retirement, Vollbrach is now head designer for the late Bill Blass. Story goes that Johnny and Joanna Carson (you know, of the "Tonight Show") were his prime backers, but when they divorced in the mid-1980's, they withdrew their support and Vollbrach closed shop and retired as an artist! So his early gowns are rare finds! I'm told this gown is from Michaele Vollbrach's 1977 "art" collection. Fantastic P. Gauguin printed silk gown in shades of lavender, flesh, black, blue, gray, red, with highlights of yellow. Kimono style. 14" side slit. Under the huge "scarf" which becomes the kimono sleeves, It's a tube shape with up to 38" bust and 40" hips.. as it Measures: 19" across bust flat, 19" across waist flat, 20" across hips flat, 54" long from shoulder to hem. In Excellent condition except for a 1.5 x 1.5" grease? mark on lower sleeve (see photo). If I get extremely picky, there is a light pinhead spot on back butt. The last fabulous Michaele Vollbrach garment I saw... a quilted kimono jacket sold for $2900+ at Doyle's Auction house. Also Listed in the Museum Section.

$ 1,485. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 10
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#2656 - c. 1890 4-Piece Linen Bathing Outfit!

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#3128 - c. 1947 High-Style "New Look" Black Wool Coat with Mouton Lamb Trim! As Dior as you can get without a Dior label. This is a high style late 1940's black wool coat - which still has the original storage tag that reads "Mrs. Dale Littlefield". The coat the fitted bodice with a large mouton lamb collar, with very full skirt, and very wide mouton lamb cuffs. The coat is lined in black silk and closes down the front with large black buttons. It has a black satin sash belt with belt buckle made of wool and trimmed with mouton lamb along the edges. This coat is in excellent condition. There is no moth hole damage. The lining is also in excellent condition. This is a very wearable coat. Measures: 34/35" bust, 28" waist, 23" long sleeves (they are long!), 45" long from shoulder to hem with up to 5" extra in hem. It was obviously hemmed up and can easily be taken down, but I'm leaving for you since it will need a pressing either way. Just try to find a better looking coat these days!!

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#0193 - c. 1920's Silk Velvet Party Dress Trimmed in Bright Rhinestones! People often ask me if it's hard to sell my clothing... being a collector at heart. I always give the party line (that I try to convince myself is really true)... that I'm OK with it. But that's only on my good days. On my bad days, I wonder what the heck I'm doing! How can I let these beauties out of my life??? Am I nuts? Luckily for you, the bad days are few and far between... so I take the photographs and the dresses go up on the website! But then when I look at the photos, I fall in love all over again and I want to buy back my own stuff! :) Yup, I'm nuts! So I have a black silk velvet dress for you with deep scalloped hemline. Barely there tiny cap scalloped sleeves trimmed in rhinestones. Slightly dropped waist has three bands of the same scalloped design in brilliant rhinestones. I photographed the dress with a crinoline slip under in some photos, and no crinoline under in others. You can tell from the numbering system, that it's a low number which means I've owned this for quite a while, so you are going to have to treat her well!! Or else! Excellent condition, near mint. Measures: 34/35" bust, 29/30" waist, 42-46" long from shoulder to hemline. Side snap closure.

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#2784 - c. 1924 EMERY BIRD THAYER CO., Kansas City Black Silk Flapper Robe de Style Dress!

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#4698 - c. 1950's Copper Silk Shantung Hostess Dress! Hey Luuucccy! So hard to find hostess dress! So classically 1950's! I can just see her in her Eames era living room carrying the tray of hors d'overs with her tight capri "Laura Petrie" pants under! Remember when the world still had some elegance and charm! Ah, the good ol' days. But you can re-live them and go back in time in this dress. Open-front dress in a gorgeous copper silk shantung with wide honeycomb design on skirt.... ah but it's the lining that is Sooooo special! Multi-colored muted red, blue, yellow, green, black and turquoise striped rayon lining. Zowie!! The skirt has some stiffening inside to give a bit of shape. Interesting shawl collar, cuff sleeves, button front and fully open front skirt. PLEASE wear something under! :) Comes with original black patent leather belt. Measures: 34" bust, 24/25" waist, free hips, 30" long from waist to hem. Near mint condition.

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#4868 - c. 1959 CRISTOBEL BALENCIAGA, Paris Black Linen Haute Couture Dress with Numbered Label and Original Matching Belt! 

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#4186 - c. 1951 NETTIE ROSENSTEIN Black Taffeta "Little Black Dress"! 1947 Coty Award Winner. In 1937, Life Magazine profiled Nettie Rosenstein as one of the most revered American Designers. Lord & Taylor issued Rosenstein an award in 1938. Her clothing ranged from $89.50 to an astounding $795. Her specialty was grand, as well as more casual evening clothes. And, not surprising when looking at this dress.... Nettie Rosenstein is credited with having invented the "little black dress", creating black dresses in daytime lengths, but by the dressy detailing and bare necklines, could be worn to most evening occasions. This dress has a definite Dior look to it! Amazingly tailored! Diagonal button closure, but with a zipper front closure under! The "shawl" is a separate pleated piece with attaches with hooks at front.. can be worn with or without. The dress comes with the original padded hip slip, do give the dress the appropriate shape. Wrap skirt ends in a large rounded "drape" which echoes the "drape" at the front heart-shaped bodice. Would have originally been worn with a thin black leather belt cinching in the waistline to the fashionable wasp waist. Measures: 36" bust, 26" waist, 32" long from waist to hem. Excellent condition, just needs hook/eye on slip.

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#3060 - c. 1980's JACQUES FATH, PARIS 1950's Style Black Velvet and Silk Evening Dress! At first glance, this is a 1950's dress... no question! However, it's really a 1980's version of a 1950's dress, by a top designer name... who frankly, probably originally did design this dress in the 1950's! Measures: Near Mint condition. Nothing wrong. Silk lining. Zipper cuffs. Measures: 32" bust, 25" waist, 35/36" hips, 24" long from natural waist to hem, 22" (shoulder seam to hem). One of the best dresses I've ever had! I would kill for this to fit me!

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#3934 - c. 1960's L'AIGLON Floral Lightweight Cotton Sundress! So fresh and beautiful! Has the classic "Audrey" bodice design with the high boatneck and bows at each shoulder strap, but finally I've found that look in something other than black! Yeah! And it couldn't be prettier. Perfect for the hottest weather... a thin, unlined, lightweight cotton print of pink and green roses bordered in pink, white and black blocks. Shown with a crinoline under which doesn't come with the dress. Back metal zipper. Measures: 34/35" bust, 27" waist, full hips, 28" long from waist to hem with 7" hem. Excellent condition with the only thing to mention that some paint has chipped off the pink metal zipper. Geez! No belt, but has belt loops (god only knows why! Certainly doesn't need a belt!). The best sundress on the internet!

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#3730 - c. 1950's The Best, Deadstock, Never Worn, "Lucy" Style, Fifties Dress... ever! I'm sorry, I don't usually hype a dress in the descriptive heading, but that really is the best way to describe this dress! If I was asked to find a dress that Lucy Ricardo would have worn on an early episode of “I Love Lucy”, this would have to be the one! Every detail from the gray silky atomic print fabric, to crisp white ribbed pique sleeve ends and Peter Pan collar with a velvet bow, to the extra full swing skirt with a built in crinoline, down to the double waisted dress with large patch pockets and skinny little belt.. it just screams Lucy! Or Deborah Kerr if you prefer! Extremely figure flattering style! Condition you ask?  Deadstock! Mint. With original tags! This darling dress has never been worn! Photographed with an additional crinoline under. If you have a 50's collection or museum, you need this dress. Measures: 32/33" bust, 23/24" waist, 28" long from natural waist to hem.

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#4867 - c. 1957 BALENCIAGA Lilac Lace Gown! 

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#3867 - c. 1950's Rare SELINCOURT COUTURE, London Green Changeable Taffeta Hooped Ballgown! I almost fainted when I saw this gown for the first time. I purchased it a few months ago in London at a small Vintage Clothing show. I walked around the first time and saw nothing I wanted. OK, there were a few "nice" items, but nothing I couldn't live without... which means I figure you can live without it, so why buy it. Then I took the second look around and spotted this gown hiding at the back of one booth, tucked away, hanging on a hanger nearly fully covered by other items. Wow! I don't think the dealer really wanted to sell it, since it was so well camouflaged. I got it home and finally got to see it on a mannequin and flipped! Better than I even thought! You are seeing it "as is" without any additional crinolines under. The entire skirt is hooped to create this ballgown shape!! According to "History of 20th Century Fashion" by Elizabeth Ewing, Selincourt was originally Selincourt & Colman, founded in 1857. They began making coats, mantles and fur garments. A dress business was added later. The gowns were very high quality ready-to-wear, manufactured in limited editions. Eventually, Selincourt absorbed a number of other dress businesses, and today (as of 1987) they have fifteen subsidiaries, including three couture houses. Excellent condition except for dark spotting at the back hemline and inside hemline at back, and light water spot at hemline. I hope a museum can clean to make perfect, as it's certainly rare and museum worthy! Blue/green changeable silk taffeta with gathered bodice, gathered skirt front with two tired flowers. Back metal zipper. Measures: 34" bust, 24" waist, 29" long in front from waist to hem, 47" long in back. Boned bodice.

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#4380 - c. 1950's I. MAGNIN & Co., IMPORTERS Bright Massive Plaid Organza Gown with Matching Huge Scarf! Wow! OK, I admit it... when I first saw this gown off the mannequin I really was

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#3106 - c. late 1950's EDWARD ABBOTT / WILSON FOLMAR Orange Crinkle Metallic Cocktail Dress with Matching Cape! Amazing material. It's an orange and gold metallic crinkle rayon in a fairly heavy weight. Take a look at the bra cups sewn into the dress! Best for a small cup. Dress is structured and tailored, lined in orange silk. Coat is lined in orange rayon! From the era of "the sack" look... here's a combination of the popular oversized, poufy "oval" shape coat/cape, paired with the extremely form fitted, sexy as hell dress. I'd date it 1959. The coat/cape requires a woman with great "carriage" to pull it off... you know... if you are the type of woman who practices walking the runways in your bedroom late at night, then you have probably learned the posture. The dress, however, just requires a great figure. Measures: 34" bust, 25" waist, 34" hips. Back metal zipper. Edward Abbott / Wilson Folmar label. Excellent condition. Extremely well-made garment would have been extremely expensive when new. A great piece of fashion history for collector. A great dress to wear to knock 'em dead!

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4639 - c. 1960's Coveted STAVROPOULOS, Athens, New York Cut Silk Ombre Velvet Gown! Stunning!! In my research... seems George Stavropoulos was born in Greece, studied in Paris, developed his well-known custom salon in Athens from 1949-1960, emigrated to New York in 1961 where he opened his celebrated design house. Drawing on his Greek ancestry, his designed ethereal classical chiffon gowns. "He did not use ornamentation or embroidery, preferring his clothing to stand on the simple beauty of their silhouette." His gowns were coveted in the late 1960s and early 1970's and beauties such as this gown in a superb ombre changeable cut velvet silk chiffon are considered fairly rare. Red, orange, purple, pink, violet, brown, gold Balloon cuffed sleeves. Simple wide neckline. No waistline, just cinch or not as you wish. I added the black tie belt as I prefer to have my clothing fitted, but it's really up to you... can certainly be worn free-flowing. Created from 4 layers of 4 colors of silk chiffon... ecru, blush, brown and then black. Excellent condition.. can't find anything wrong except for one missing self-covered button at back.. which isn't a problem if wearing a sash/belt.. Absolutely in vogue to wear with today's style! But also extremely collectable, or a museum piece! Measures: 35/36" bust, bias cut waist/hips, so unmeasureable, 58" long from shoulder to hem.

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#4458 - c. 1968 CHRISTIAN DIOR BOUTIQUE, Paris Beaded Evening Ensemble! Numbered Label "63504"! Wonderful beaded evening ensemble by Christian Dior, Paris. This is NOT the Christian Dior, New York label... but the better Parisian numbered label! Off-white crinkly textured silk gown trimmed and decorated with chartreuse green bugle beads and silver metallic thread in polkadot design all over. Comes with matching short bolero jacket with short sleeves. Perhaps the most interesting tiny detail is not in the original ensemble, but in the fact that there remains a tiny red Legion d' Honneur ribbon on the jacket over the heart! There are all sorts of rules and regulations regarding the wearing of these ribbons, so obviously "she" wore this gown to an important evening event, and forgot to remove the ribbon. I'd love to know the history of the original owner! Measures: 34" bust, empire waist, up to 38"/39" hips, but only 49" long from shoulder to hem (so best for 5' tall woman... unless you are happy with the dress being more ankle or calf length). There is nearly 2" more beaded material in hem if necessary. Bolero jacket is 14" long from shoulder to hem, and the upper sleeves are small, so no thick upper arms. Great offset side metal zipper inset, couture detailing! Excellent condition.. except... underarms have light stains on lining of dress barely seen. Only real issue is someone spilled what I assume is coffee on the jacket... so there are a few very light spots seen on inspection. I'm sure a couture/vintage cleaner/conservationist could spot clean.. otherwise it's near mint condition. SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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#4684 - c. 1965  HERRERA Y OLLERO, Madrid, Made in Spain Fully Hand-Beaded and Sparkly Rhinestone Empire Ribboned Dress! Just click on the photo of the dress to see what you really need to see!  Expertly designed and tailored with awesome beading! Heavy dress. The look is that of platinum with a hint of pink (the photos look perhaps a bit more pink that in person depending on your computer screen).  This sheer mesh fabric was completely hand-beaded... as you can still see the blue markings in the seams for the beads to follow the lines... over a platinum colored crepe. Excellent condition. If there are any beads/rhinestones missing at all (and if so, there are plenty extra in the seams to steal)! Again... look at the close-up photos to see the intricate beauty of this dress. Measures: 36" bust, free waist, up to 39" hips, 37" long from shoulder to hem.  Back metal zipper. Satin lining at hemline.  Sparkle the night away... or wear for a sassy 1960's wedding dress! 

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EXTRA HERRERA Y OLLERO INFO... Herrera y Ollero was one of the premier Spanish Couture designers who unveiled his famous coats, suits and evening gowns in Bonwit Teller in 1965, so this looks to be from his first US collection!

 

#4015 - c. 1960's BIANCHINI FABRIC Cut Velvet/Silk Floral Gown with Fully Sequined Bodice! OK, here's your lesson for today! Bianchini Ferier silk weaving House was founded in Lyon, France in 1888. In their first year, they won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889, and thus embarked on a century of textile design and production for the greatest fashion houses in the world! In the early 1900's they furnished fabrics and luxury silks for the great fashion houses, Worth, Vionnet, Callot Soeurs, Jeanne Lanvin, Paquin and Patou. And in the 1940's Hollywood designers such as Adrian. Throughout the 1960's they produced imaginative designs for Givenchy, Balenciaga, Cardin, Chanel, Dior, Feraud, Nina Ricci, and Yves Saint-Laurent. Now this gown I am selling has no designer label, but does have the Bianchini fabric label, so you can take the leap with me... that this is an amazing designer gown... we just don't know whose! But the skirt fabric IS amazing! A floral cut velvet on silk! Awesome and totally unique fabric! The bodice is all sequined.. in three different shades of pink. The middle area gives the impression of a sheer bodice, but it's not! It's fully sequined in clear iridescent sequins which seem to disappear! Also wild! Fully lined in silk with back metal zipper. Wear with large 60s mod pink earrings and dazzle. And then if you DO figure out the designer, PLEASE let me know! I'm sure this gown is worth more than this. Measures: 38" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 40" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem, 17" slit up skirt side.

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#4216 - c. 1920's Adaptation JEANNE LANVIN, 22 Faub St. Honore, Paris Afternoon Dress! Be still my heart! Is is just me or do all women love graphic dresses of black and white?? It's total class as far as I'm concerned. Makes one look rich without having to actually be rich (which is important for a girl from the "other side of the tracks" like me!) And, oh, what a design! The licensed "adaptation" labels were exact copies of the original designs created in the same year, often from the exact same fabrics, and with the same attention to detail and tailoring. So it's as close as you can get to the originals... and since you likely won't find the original Jeanne Lanvin of this dress in your lifetime.. and perhaps your grandchildren's lifetimes... I'd suggest you do not hesitate. I don't sell that many day dresses, as I prefer fancy, but I have a few 20's day dresses at the moment for you gals who don't gala every night! Near mint condition... no apologies for anything! Even the interior is attractive (see photo with label). I had to lighten some photos so you can see detail of tailoring, but the white graphics "pop" on the black silk dress. Even nicer in person!

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#9723 - c. 1960's EDITH HEAD / JUNE VAN DYKE COLLECTION Heavyweight Bonded Double Knit Jumpsuit, Bolero Jacket and Extra Material! From Edith Head (Head Designer at Paramount Movie Studio from 1938 through 1967) and June Van Dyke (who was mentored by, and produced Edith Head's fashion shows)... comes this bonded heavy double-knit bold leaf print bellbottom jumpsuit with empire waistline, and matching bolero doublebreasted jacket with large pointed collar. Comes with a large extra piece of material which can be worn as a shawl, or re-designed as a sarong skirt. I'm not usually keen on wild, bold prints, but this REALLY is incredibly eye-catching, and the more I look at it, the more I like it! This outfit was selected by Edith Head and remained in her personal collection. So hey... if you want to dress like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Dorothy Lamour and Elizabeth Taylor (as well as hundreds of other stars) ... then here's your chance to be dressed by Edith Head!

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#4644 - c. 1969 GALANOS for AMELIA GRAY, Beverly Hills Printed Velvet Evening Hostess Gown! I often get emails from "viewers" and most often they ask "Where do you find your amazing pieces?". The answer really is.. "I don't know".... I'm just damn lucky to stumble across such glorious pieces as this brilliant colored printed velvet hostess gown with black satin trim by Galanos. Bright colors of yellow, turquoise, red, hot pink, white, green. The black satin trim hints of a halter and runs down the sides and around neckline and wider at hemline. What makes it a hostess gown is that the skirt is slit open 24" high at both sides... so you were meant to wear pants under I assume.. or... just show off tons of leg! Comes with the original black belt (though I don't particularly like it.. however.. just WHO do I think I am that I know better than Galanos!!!???). Anyway, I'm partial to bow sashes at the waist. Do whatever you think best. You don't need my permission. Measures: 36" bust, up to 29" waist, 37" long from waist to hem (so a long gown if you are short.... otherwise ankle length-ish). Back plastic zipper. Sleeves get poufy at bottom (I'm sure that is the correct technical term! :) . Black opaque lined bodice, but sheerer black chiffon lined skirt. Excellent condition.

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#4505 - c. 1936 MURIEL KING Black Bias Satin Back Crepe Evening Gown! Important Designer! Muriel King started out as a costumer in Hollywood (like Jean Louis, Adrian, Irene, Helen Rose) designing for stars such as Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis and Greta Garbo, and Ginger Rogers. She even designed the personal wardrobe for Katherine Hepburn! Her style reflected the times.. In light of the economic hardships of the early 1930's, American designers like Muriel King designed "day-into-evening" clothes with simple, streamlined silhouettes and emphasizing the importance of accessories. Perhaps Muriel King's biggest claim to fame was in what she didn't do! Originally in 1937, Walter Plunkett was selected to design the costumes for the epic "Gone with the Wind", however he was not producing the "sensational" costumes Selznick (the director) wanted for Scarlett. Meanwhile, Muriel King sent some of her designs directly to Margaret Mitchell (the author) and Mitchell responded enthusiastically writing, "I have seen many sketches of Scarlett, and none have appealed to me as much as yours." So.. Muriel was then considered a "shoo-in". However, Muriel wanted screen credit and $750/week and agreed only to design Scarlettt's costumes. So while the powers-that-be hesitated re: her demands, Walter Plunkett finally came through better sketches.. and alas, he won the entire job! Very hard to measure bias gown with no back. If you send me your measurements, I will let you know if it will fit you.

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#6309 - c. mid-to-late 1970's BILL BLASS Black Babydoll Dress with Dotted Net Yoke and Sleeves!  Direct to you from a Washington DC socialite (no, not Nancy Reagan, but could have as Bill Blass was one of her favorites!) comes this great babydoll style dress that is anything but "sweet" when on!  The extremely low dotted net yoke will just skim the top of your breasts and shows just what you want to show! The arms are the same sheer dotted net to have the look of being bare without being bear (for those of you with less than perfect arms like me, or those who get cold, like me!).   The bust is wrapped like a pretty black satin package with large bow which echos the satin stripe at hemline.  The skirt is sheer chiffon with gilded chenille dots to shimmer in the light.  As you see it in the photo at left, I did a little creative designing (I don't know if Mr. Blass would approve), but I added a layer of black tulle under the sheer skirt to stick out a bit more than it does.  If you like it that way, just get a dressmaker to add tulle from the bodice down.  Otherwise, if you want to wear as Mr. Blass intended, the straighter shape is shown in the other photos you will see.  Excellent, Near Mint condition!  Labeled size 10, but measures: 36" bust, up to 42" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem.   

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#9926 - c. early 1950's ORIGINAL by PEGGY HUNT Black Silk Crepe Draped Dress with Illusion Lace Bodice!  Peggy Hunt was an innovator of the illusion neckline and dressed some of Hollywood's top leading ladies including Mary Pickford, Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis! This is one of the earlier Peggy Hunt label dresses and has the much more collectable "Original by Peggy Hunt" label.  Tiny shoulder pads under the illusion net are barely seen. Near mint condition with just that one pesky little dirt spot on mid front skirt that I'm sure a dry-cleaner can remove... or in worse case, just add an extra drape to totally hide! :)  It's worth it as the dress is SOOOO amazing looking... and even more fabulous on your body (I know, because I tried it on and nearly decided to keep it - but again.... I never go anywhere and this dress NEEDS to be seen!!).  Measures: 33" bust, 25/26" waist, 36/37" hips, 42" long from shoulder to hem.  Fits me like a glove!! So how crazy am I to sell this???  Metal zipper back.

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#6529 - c. 1950's Neiman Marcus Luscious Black and Red Velvet Poppies Strapless Gown! Sadly, whoever the designer was on this gown, that label is missing, but the Neiman Marcus store label still exists.  This is one of those rare and opulent velvet materials that I know there is a name for, but my lack of formal training has left me at the mercy of my more knowledgeable customers to supply me with the correct terminology.  Meanwhile.... I just have to try to describe for you.  It's a black silk satin leaf printed gown with gorgeous very low pile velvet red poppies which seem to be part of the satin material.  This gives the poppies a lustrous look.  Fascinatingly tailored as there is only one seam in the skirt and top at the side zipper seam.  Fitted to waist and box pleats at sides front and back of upper skirt.  Boned bodice. Mint condition. Side metal zipper. Gorgeous satin lined silk bodice, rayon lined skirt portion. Measures: 33/34" bust, 25" waist, 41" long from natural waist to hem (with additional 3" in hem).   NEW LISTING!  

$ 785. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4
(check measurements above)

#6432- c. 1950's HENRI HALPHEN, 52 rue de Passy, Paris Black Print with Roses Cotton Pique Dress!

 

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#3920 - c. 1965 Incredible, Hard-to-Find EMILIO PUCCI Brown Twill Print Pants Suit! Yes, you can still find many pucci dresses, skirts, etc., but rare to find a pants suit!! So if you are a modern woman who can't stand the thought of pantyhose, but still wants to dress in original Pucci, well, babe... look no further! 100% wool, fairly light-weight twill, of brown, steel gray, off-white, tan and black in a swirl, flower, ribbon, fleur-de-lis, leaf and geometric design! Great print! Fully lined in tan silk. Excellent condition with just two exceptions. Two tiny, light spots on upper pants front (see photo close-up) - hardly an issue. Only real issue is that one a-hole moth who got to one sleeve! Damn him! Anyway, look at the close-up photo, call your local re-weaver tailor to set up an appointment to make this nearly perfect. There is plenty of matching brown material inside to use to back the hole so it will disappear, and you will finally have the suit all your friends and strangers will envy! Measures: 34" bust (smallish back), 25" waist, 36" hips, 31" inseam leg. Marked size 8, but that's old sizing!

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#4378 - c. 1951 JACQUES GRIFFE Platinum Gray Silk Organza! 
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#4875 - c. 1950's BEILINSON ORIGINAL Silk Red Roses Print Dinner Dress with Black Illusion Top!  The perfect dinner dress!  Vintage at its best... back when dresses were unique!  A Beilinson Original label. Sheer black silk chiffon bodice with cap sleeves and keyhole back. The oh-so soft silk floral skirt is a print of red, green and black.   There is a crinoline under skirt.... and certainly can be worn with additional crinoline for even more pouf. The wide gathered belt is part of the dress. The sweet peter pan collar uses the same floral silk print which balances the dress. Sweet and sexy. Near mint condition.  I have to say that when I strained the zipper, it opened. But under normal stress, it was fine.  So.... only buy this if it fits! Measures: 32/33" bust, 26" waist,  27" long from waist to hem. Metal zipper at back.   

$ 565. RESERVED

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 

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#9925 - c. late 1940s/early 1950's CEIL CHAPMAN Black Beaded and Sequin Cocktail Dress with Tulle Bodice! Larger Size!  If you are an antiquedress.com website groupie (and I do have a few!),  then you may recognize this dress as I had one years ago which is still listed in the Museum section of this website at:  http://www.antiquedress.com/item1708.htm.  Now if you notice, this dress has a slightly different bustline shaping and has sequin straps.  I am sure that someone added those details to this dress, and they are easily removable. The dress was hemmed up as well, and luckily they didn't cut anything, so I just let the hem back down to the original length.  I'm leaving the straps and the little sequin "gather" at mid-bust - however if you want me to remove for you prior to shipping, just let me know.  Buyer decides! :)  Side metal zipper. Mid-calf length. Boned bodice with that ever-so-sexy tulle bustline. Kick pleat at back skirt. Excellent condition, with just a strange cutting of skirt lining interior.  Doesn't make any difference.  Measures: 40/41"  bust, 32" waist, up to 41" hips, 48"  long, 32" long skirt.  

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#4367 - c. 1959 PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris Red Flocked Velvet Beaded Party Dress! The ultimate Balmain.. fully beaded, racy red, in a great "looks good on every body" shape! Bright red silk flocked velvet dress dripping all over with red crystal beads. The skirt is stiffened to stand out in the shape you see. The design of the bodice makes it look like a two piece top and skirt (as there is a slight overlay of material at dropped waist), but it's a dress. Low square neckline gives that "strapless" sex appeal but allows for the wearing of a bra (if you are like me and love strapless styles, but don't have the "perky" breasts to go braless.. you will appreciate the wide dress straps!). Small size... this dress was likely tailored to fit, and was probably shortened at the same time. Measures: 32/33" bust, 25" waist, 25" long skirt from natural waist to hem. 41" long from shoulder to hem. Two zipper back... a true sign of a well-made garment. The only issue is that the exterior zipper should be resewn in place, as it's currently only hand-basted.

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#4812 - c. 1968 PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris Aqua Silk Chiffon Gown over White Foundation with the Famous Parisian HOUSE of LESAGE Heavily Beaded Bodice!  A brief history... the House of Lesage traces its roots back to the House of Worth in the 1800's. Over the years, others followed and the House of Lesage has since provided beading and embroidery for most of the important couture houses in Paris and many American designers!  But specifically, Lesage was the embroiderer for Balmain, because as the story goes, Balmain feuded with all the other embroidery houses so, by 1968 Lesage was the only one who would work with him! So I was told by a reputable source!   Exquisite gown! Please just look at the close-up photos to see the intricate beading on the bodice!  Rhinestones, beads, ribbons, sequins, and goldtone beads in the shape of awareness ribbons! Excellent condition with just minor issues to report.  One teeny freckle spot on chiffon bodice that should clean (I haven't tried) along with a few other small spots hidden in chiffon skirt seen only on inspection, two small heel tears with dirt at one area of hemline of skirt (always the case with chiffon!) hidden in the folds, and minor wear of those goldtone beads.  Still remarkable and certainly wearable as is (only the bodice freckle might want attention).  Measures:  36/37" bust, 28.5" waist, 59" long from shoulder to hem.

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#4315 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Fully Beaded Fringe and Crystal Dress! $7,000 Original Price Still Attached ! So WHY don't I sell this dress for $7,000?? Seems crazy to me that we should be able to buy 20-year-old dresses for LESS than the original price in NEW, UNWORN condition!! Part of the problem is that it's only these very early net Mackie dresses (and costumes) that were priced at this level. There were many Mackie mass-produced dresses that were produced later, and often people don't know the difference. Always seek out the fully beaded dresses and gowns on nude netting - these were lined in nude material to be worn out in public, but if the linings were removed, they were the same nearly see-through dresses that were worn by Cher, Diana Ross and others! This dress screams Ann Margaret during her Vegas days. So these, along with Mackie's beaded costumes, are the collectable Mackies! (There was a strange silk modesty strap that you step into to hold the dress down, but I detached one side as no human could fit into the dress the way it was. You can easily remove the other side from the lining, but I left it as it is original to the dress.) Measures: 36" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 36" hips (37" tight), 32" long from shoulder to hem of underskirt with additional 4" beaded fringe.

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#9748 - c. 1946 Teal Colored Halter Gown with Satin Trim and Train with Original Belt!  OK... stop right here.  As fabulous as this gown looks in the photo.. it isn't in perfect condition.  OK... has your pulse rate dropped yet?  I know if perfect it could have made your heart stop, so perhaps it's best that it's not. In 1946 nearly all the top Parisian designers' collections had some incredible wrapped drapery around the waist.  This one probably had a few more stitches someplace to hold it into shape, but as is, it is a bit droopy.  The gown is a fairly heavy rayon satin-backed faille with matching rayon satin on halter straps, fun bust flaps, buttons and train.  There are dark spots on the gown here and there (which don't show up in the photos, but they are there) which may or may not clean out... I didn't try anything. The gown comes with the original belt - which I forgot to photograph for you.  Looks great either way.  Tiny size.  Measures: 33" bust, 25/26" waist, 34/35" hips (these are MAXIMUM measurements.  I just squeezed it on me at bust and waist and I'm 33 (c/d cup) bust, 26" waist,   however I couldn't get my 37" hips in the gown at all.  43" long from waist to hem. You may be able to get the hips to fit a bit larger if you do some reconstructing.  

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#6527 - c. 1983 VICTOR COSTA Black Velvet and Glitter Tulle Evening Ballgown - Inspired by Charles James! Click on the gown at the left and check out the Horst P. Horst photo of Charles James' 1951 celebrated "Petal" Ballgown. I think you'll agree with me that it was, without a doubt, the inspiration for this ballgown!  Since I doubt you have the Charles James gown in your closet, you absolutely need to add this gown to your wardrobe! 30 years later Victor Costa copied the design... I know the date as I found the ad for a gown from the same collection (I'm sure) in the September 1983 VOGUE.  Gorgeous soft black velvet torso ends in large triangled points into a black tulle net full skirt dabbled with sparkly glitter.  It has a built in crinoline, but I added a fluffier crinoline for a full effect. Labeled a size 10, but Measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, 44" long from natural waist to hem. I want to say it's in Excellent condition, with just some nearly impossible to find small tears in the 5 layers of tulle.  Back zipper.    NEW LISTING!  

$ 635.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10
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#6022 - c. 1950's Black Silk Crumb Catcher "New Look" Dress! With Original Separate Crinoline Half Slip!  You probably know what "crumb catcher" means, but for those of you who don't... it's the cute name for a bodice like this that has two layers, one which sticks out a bit at the bust - you know... to catch the crumbs! :) Amazingly I had this same dress back in 2001 and was just lucky enough to find another (that happens every once in a blue moon in the vintage world... to find more than one of something!  It's so much fun... like finding an old friend!  It's funny, I have a hard time recognizing and remembering people, but I can always remember a dress! Oh so great dress with a band of black velvet drawing attention to the bustline and continuing up to become straps!  The back has a black velvet bow.  Extremely elegant and classy. Back metal zipper. Comes with original crinoline and taffeta black half slip. This dress will give you that "New Look" tea-length or ballet-length look.  Measures:  33/34" bust, 26" waist, 29.5" long from waist to hem. Excellent condition.  Only tiny issue is that the elastic waistband on the half slip is slightly stretched out... but the slip also has a metal zipper, so it's still fine, but will likely need a nip/tuck.  Again, this is just the bonus slip!  The dress is near mint! 

$ 765.  SOLD

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#6434 - c. 1964 Multicolored Gathered Silk Crepe Chiffon Short Dress!  I nearly fell over when I saw this dress.  SOOO different!  For all of you who would die for a Jean Desses chiffon draped gown (ok, perhaps that's not a good idea, as if you are dead, you won't be able to appreciate the gown!)... so for those of you still living... this is for you!  WOW!  I just found a photo of the longer version of this dress in December, 1964 VOGUE magazine.  Listed as Nat Kaplan for $185!  That was quite expensive then.  On par with Oleg Cassini.  Multicolored vertical striped silk crepe chiffon totally gathered over bodice and at waist.  The skirt is made up of two layers of the same chiffon... and the dress is lined in, yup, you guess it... the same multicolored stripe silk!  The waistband is sewn in (not a separate belt. You could wear with a bow-tied sash, or a belt if you wish.  The length (which was perfectly shortened from the original length) is either a short dress, or could be considered a long tunic length. So wear with colored tights and high heels, or heck, just enjoy the shortness, perhaps for summer with ballet flats.... whatever works best for you.  Back metal zipper.  Totally unique and wonderful!  Excellent condition.  Measures: 33-35" bust, 25" waist, 21" long from waist to hem.
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#4014 - c. 1983 VICTOR COSTA Black Velvet and Ivory Sateen Evening Ballgown - Inspired by Charles James! Click on the gown at the left and check out the Horst P. Horst photo of Charles James' 1951 celebrated "Petal" Ballgown. I think you'll agree with me that it was, without a doubt, the inspiration for this ballgown! Since I doubt you have the Charles James gown in your closet, you absolutely need to add this gown to your wardrobe! 30 years later Victor Costa copied the design... I know the date as I found the ad for this gown in the September 1983 VOGUE (see add below!). Gorgeous soft black velvet torso ends in large triangled points into an ivory sateen (best description I have for material!) full skirt. Matching ivory sateen at upper bust. It has a built in crinoline, but I added a fluffier crinoline for a full effect. Labeled a size 4, but Measures: 30/31" bust, 24/25" waist, 41" long from natural waist to hem. I want to say it's in Excellent condition, but it should go to the dry-cleaners for the hem dirt and the few minor light surface spots on the white skirt. You could wear as is, but it's not perfect...so I marked the gown down $30 to pay for your dry-cleaning bill! :)

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Approx. - SIZE 2, small busted 4
(check measurements above)

September 1983 VOGUE Ad for this Gown

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#3685 - c. early 1950's Fabulous Black Silk Chiffon and Pink Embroidered Flowers Evening Gown! After WWII came "The New Look" by Dior. Finally fabric was no longer rationed, so the designers seemed to use as much as possible! Here's a great example! Strapless gown with sheer black covering shoulder and bodice. Heartshaped bodice. The little cap sleeve has a small tie on the end. There is a sewn-in bra with the label "Alene" and patent number, but no dress label. Side metal zipper. The skirt has three layers, a rayon taffeta slip with an 8" hem, a layer of crisp mesh netting, topped with a beautiful silky mesh netting that is reinforced with a 3" hem, giving the skirt great body! The pink (slightly more pink than in the photos) embroidered flowers on a vine are beautifully done, they start on the sides of each hip and flow down toward the front and back hems, creating a "v" like pattern. The flowers on the bust are under the mesh, so they are a bit more muted. Excellent condition. Even has the original belt (so rare to find!). Looks wonderful on! Especially if you are built like me... with large hips, it hides the issue! Measures: 34" bust, 27" waist (might go to 35" bust with 28" waist if you don't mind tight), 38" long in front, 41" long in back from waist.

$ 1,450. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above)

 

 

 

#2126 - c. 1940's Cotton Farm Print Sundress! Hee-Haw! Looking for your most favorite Rockabilly dress? Or favorite sundress? I saw this dress smashed in a rack of "godawful" housedresses. I could barely get it out since the garments were packed in so tight, but I persisted and came out with a gem! Go back in time to the simple life with this cottom farm print with big red house, barn, silos, horses, cows, pastures, fences, carts and ten-galloned hat cowboy/farmer. In bright red, green, black, tan and white. Buttons down the back. Straps fasten in the front with white plastic circles..... unfortunately one is broken in half, so that side will have to be replaced (eventually) or pinned to wear. I've shown the dress with crinolines uner for a bit of a flair. You can wear it however you like. Get yourself a red cardigan sweater and espadrilles and you will be perfect! And what a conversation starter! Wear it on your first date to get him to start talking about "the good old days" and his childhood. He'll love you! :) Measures: 35" bust, 28" waist, 28.5" long from waist to hem.

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c. 1905
Estate of Lulu Glaser, Victorian Actress
Renaissance Revival Costume Gown
#1197

 

#4415 - c. 1950's Soft Cotton Red Tulip Print Dress! I certainly wish you could feel this fabric... soooo soft... like a 1000 thread count sheet! And look at the perfect floral pattern! Just makes your mouth water! All eyes will follow you, and jealousies will abound. Just toss your hair and accept all the compliments! Measures: 35/36" bust, 26/27" waist, 27" long from waist to hem. Back metal zipper.A net crinoline is attached, but I've shown with an extra crinoline as well. Excellent condition. Looks like the neckline has been taken in at the front to fit the bust better. I think it's best that way, and could be original. Can't tell for sure. Not a problem at all!! Now for all you horticulturists out there.. I'm not really sure if these are tulips. So if you have the name of the correct flower, you can email me and I will change this description! :)

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c. 1900
BEER, Paris
Taffeta with Ribon Trim Gown
#500beer

 



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#6624 - c. 1960's Sweet French Cotton "Le Langage Des Fleurs" Sundress!
One of my favorite little sundresses! Even if you don't speak French you can probably figure out what this dress says.  "The Language of Flowers" and "Je Vous Adore" which translates to "I Adore You"... not quite the intimate "I Love You".   This is exactly what you want in a summer sundress... cotton lined so you will stay cool.  Charming gray colored trim on bodice and great front two patch pockets. Back metal zipper. Shown with crinoline which doesn't come with it. The buttons at front are just for decoration. Measures:  34/35" bust,  25" waist, 25" long skirt.  Excellent condition. 
 

$ 365. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 (small waist)
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#6691 - c. 1980's MOSCHINO COUTURE Lampshade Bustier! 
Just what you want from Moschino!  Very collectable!  The highest prices for Moschino are always those with the most whimsy.  This one evokes that classic Carol Burnett Scarlett O'Hara routine... "I saw it in the window and I just had to have it" where she floats down the staircase in the drapes tied as a dress still attached to the curtain rod!  This is the Moschino lampshade bustier complete with the silk fringe and tassels!  Near mint condition.  Gold and black tassel print.  Tassel straps.  Bow at front.  Wired hipline.  Wear with the front black rope tassel as you see, or tied in a bow (as I show in the other photos). Measures:  36" bust, up to 29" waist. 

$ 865. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8
(check measurements above)

 


SOLD
 

#A001 - c. 2000's ALEXANDER McQUEEN, Made in Italy Zipper Skirt of Red/Tan Wool/Mohair Tweed with Faux Leather Trim! How sad to hear of Alexander McQueen's recent suicide. So for all you out there who think that celebrity is the key to a happy life... think again!  Happy comes from great relationships and doing what you love! McQueen was tops in the fashion world, dressing celebrity patrons, including Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham  (who described him as a 'master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration) and even Lady Gaga who incorporated his pieces in her music videos.  I personally hate boring skirts. This is one of those museum, stand alone pieces that just puts a smile on your face!  It has the look of a typical wool stitched down pleated "school girl" skirt, but the pleats can be zipped down to the bottom to create a slim pencil skirt! OR zipped to various heights as you wish! Love the gold heavy metal zippers with tan leather-like pulls.  Fringe at hemline.  Side zipper. Excellent condition with just some hanger indentations on the waistband (see photo). Measures: 20.5" long.  This is NOT one of the cheaper line McQ.  This is the top-of-the-line RTW.

$ 645. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 30" waist
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AUTHENTIC - BROOKE SHIELDS
SOLD

#4574 - c. 1983 BOB MACKIE, Worn by Brooke Shields for Cosmopolitan Cover Red and Black Bugle Bead Gown on Black Netting with Matching Opulent Fox Fur Trimmed Diva Jacket! From Bob Mackie's private collection of gowns purchased from the Sotheby's auction. As far as I am concerned, this was the most amazing piece at the auction! OK.. there were about 3 others that I also loved, but none nearly as opulent!! I've been searching for the Cosmo cover with Brooke Shields wearing this gown, but haven't located it yet. The gown and jacket are in Excellent condition and look incredible on! The red beading on the black netting gives an interesting coloration, with the detail pattern of the gown appearing more pronounced in certain lighting conditions. VERY high slight in the skirt shows almost all your leg when you move. Closes at back with hook between the back straps. Couture construction makes every body look it's best. The jacket is KILLER!!! Massive dolman sleeves and drapy back all trimmed in wide black fox fur around high collar, cuffs, and around entire edge. Fully beaded in all red beads and weighs a ton!! Measures: 34/35" bust, 25" waist, up to 37" hips. The finest early Bob Mackie pieces are coveted by museums. Here's your chance to own the best of the best from Hollywood's fashion icon and masterful designer! So fabulous that even Bob Mackie couldn't part with it for over 20+ years! Sharon Stone's Mackie beaded gown from "Casino" sold at auction for $13,200 - just the gown! Compared to that.. this is a steal! Also listed in the Memorabilia and Museum Categories.

$ 13,500. SOLD

Approx. - Size 4/6
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#6889 - c. 1950's JULI LYNNE CHARLOT, California Black Cotton Velvet Circle Skirt Covered with 3-D Felt Roses with Matching Bustier!  Unbelievable find!! I probably should have photographed this with a fluffier crinoline, but I'm sure you are smart enough to imagine it.  Killer outfit by the "originator" of the poodle skirt!  From The Vintage Fashion Guild Label website, "Juli Lynne Charlot was an actress turned designer. In 1947, she designed a felt circle skirt which she decorated with appliquéd Christmas trees. The skirt was such a success that she continued to design similar skirts with embroidered and appliquéd motifs. According to some sources, Charlot was the originator of the poodle skirt. She also did marvelously decorated sweaters, and sometimes did matching sweater and skirt sets."  I've seen the sweaters (rarely), but I've never (until now) seen a Charlot bustier to match her skirt giving a "dress" look... and even more rarely do you see the appliques in such 3-Dimentional!! FABULOUS!  Red two-tone felt roses on a flat green felt vine with felt appliqued leaves.  The black cotton velvet circle skirt has the classic Charlot wide top-stitched waistband and a 200" hemline! The bustier has a metal zipper. Measures: 36" bust, 25/26" waist skirt, 26" waist top, 30" long skirt.  

$ 895. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#6735 - c. 1930's MORTON BREGMAN Art Deco 2-piece Deep Cranberry Crepe Outfit! GREAT WEARABLE SIZE! Museum Quality Design!
I have to say upfront that this is probably the my favorite 1930s daywear "dress" I have ever sold! I'm sure just by showing this on my website, that the extraordinary treatment of the sleeves will be "stolen" by modern day designers!  But you know what they say... "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"! Sadly I can find little information on Morton Bregman (obviously he deserves more attention!), but what I did find is was that as early as a Harpers Bazaar article in 1946, that Morton Bregman was already considered a fashion icon (along with the likes of Adrian and Hattie Carnegie).  And in 1955, Morton Bregman Spring collection pieces cost $49.95 -  $169.95, with a few higher priced.  1955... that's when new houses averaged $16,000!!!!  OK, so now for the outfit.  Start with a lovely colored deep cranberry crepe fabric which is slightly sheer. Then add 40 (yup, 40) silver floral buttons (so you will NOT be able to undress quickly!).  Fully horizonal pleated top with diagonally pleated long sleeves (zipper cuffs).  High tie neck.  Long slim skirt with side metal zipper. Measures:  40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 39" hips, 29.5" long from waist to hem. Excellent condition.  The only slight issues (if you care) is slight sheen from iron and the tiniest pinholes only seen when you hold the dress up to the light.  Hardly worth mentioning unless you are a perfectionist. The only real issue to mention at all is the small wear of only one layer of the material at the bottom side of blouse.  Doesn't go through so it's not a complete hole, but one layer has the small hole.  I didn't see it until in bright daylight.  DO NOT HESITATE! (oh and please don't pay attention to the fact that the skirt is on backwards! Eek!)
  

$ 1,385. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10ish
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#6809A - c. early 1950's SIMONETTA VISCONTI, Roma Blouse of Multicolor Striped Heavy Cotton!   As if you didn't already know this, I like dresses better than separates.  I mean I DID name my website AntiqueDress... not AntiqueBlouse or whatever! Now granted "dress" has two different meanings here, but still... for me, it's all about the dress.  However, once in a blue moon I find a unique enough blouse to feature it alone.  And... here she is! Hard to find, Simonetta Visconti, Roma piece. Born Duchesa Simonetta Colonna di Cesaro (breathe) in Rome, Italy. She opened a studio in Rome in 1946 and signed her first collections as Simonetta Visconti. Later you will see her label as just "Simonetta". In the late 40's she had risen to the top tier of Italian designers and dressed many film stars. In 1953 she married Alberto Fabiani (another high profile Italian designer). Anyway, enough history.  Heavyweight cotton (like a light canvas weight), nipped in overblouse (side slits show it was meant to be worn as you see, likely over tight pants). Wear with or without a belt, but it's already nipped for you!  Fabulous tailoring for those stripes!  Self covered button front. Cuffed sleeves. High collar to wear up or down. Awesome! Near Mint condition. Measures: up to 37" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 40" hips, 30" long from shoulder to hem.
NEW LISTING!

$ 535. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 8
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#6946 - c. Fall 1957 JAMES GALANOS Silk Giraffe Dress with Matching Jacket! Museum Deaccession with Original Museum Tag Donated by a High-Fashion Model of the 1950s!  
I have to say I'm very picky about pieces I put on my website.  I only put up what I personally like. And thanks to Michelle Obama, I'm likin' a lot more classic looks... with panache. This is a killer silk (unique faille-like, slightly raised like brocade print) simple shaped sleeveless dress with interesting cut and great long crossover black silk sash belt.  Wear this dress with your headscarf ala Audrey and large sunglasses!!  Or add the double-breasted matching jacket trimmed in black satin.  Wear the collar of the jacket up or down.  Wear the jacket open or closed.  Everything seems to look terrific!  Wear the jacket alone with white or black slacks, or wear a solid dress under.  SO many possibilities!!  Measures: 34/35" bust, 25/26" waist, up to 37" hips, 40" long dress from shoulder to hem, 25" long jacket. Excellent condition! Fully lined.  Beautifully tailored!! Galanos at his best! Donated to the museum from Betsy Pickering... a high-fashioned model from the 1950's... mentioned in a Time Magazine article from 1961: "The cool all-American beauties (Sunny Harnett, Jean Patchett, Betsy Pickering) of the 50's are still around, but today a new set of faces dominates the glossy pages of the fashion magazines." Worth much more!!!
 

$ 1,345. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/small 6
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#6258 - c. 1961 JERRY PARNIS / A. GOODMAN "Audrey Hepburn" Black Crepe Dress with Taffeta Ruffle Hemline!  OK... Could be a bit earlier, but I'm taking a leap of faith in dating this dress to 1961, as it's just SO reminiscent of the infamous "Breakfast at Tiffany's" dress.  All you will need is the hat, scarf and sunglasses, belt, black gloves, and black kitten heels, umbrella .... oh and it doesn't hurt to have Audrey's STUNNING face! Black thin silk crepe fitted dress with the lower portion of the dress festooned with vertical taffeta ruffles.  Back metal zipper.  Excellent condition. Measures: 34-37" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 38" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  If you prefer... think of this as your Joan Holloway "Mad Men" dress !:)  And start wiggling! :)  Slightly large on my size 6 body, but still looks great on me! So smaller is fine.

$ 485. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 8/10
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#7022- c. 1950's MARJORIE MICHAEL Original, California Silk "LBD" with Terrific Black Bugle Bead Neckline/Straps!  Another fabulous little black dress for you!  I found three great ones (and I'm SO picky when it comes to LBD's.  They have to be unique, otherwise I find them boring.  So I give you this very fitted silk dress as simple as you can find with scoop neckline.. but then Marjorie Michael (whoever she was she deserves mention!) added these terrific black bugle beads open circles at neckline which then continue to the outer upper arms!!!  Don't try to hail a cab, but you won't need to as you will be offered rides from every man in the joint !  :)   Measures: 38" bust, up to 27/28" waist, up to 39" hips, 8" slit in skirt.  Excellent condition though missing the original belt (who cares).. it's unnecessary. Fully lined.
NEW LISTING!

$ 585. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 8
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#7083 - c. 1980's ARNOLD SCAASI Red Floral Silk Ballgown with Bows!  LOVE this!  I'm sure I'm seen this gown worn by the socialites back in the 80s in Town & Country magazine. Worn just off the shoulder with wide square neckline look Gorgeous on!  The perfect floral print in red, pink, green on white (just off-white really) ground.  The sleeves are killer, bell-shape with matching bows (look at the close-up photos to see).  Back zipper. Has netting under for shaping.  Fully lined.  Deaccessioned from a museum.  Measures:  34" bust, 25" waist, 44" long from natural waist to hem. I wonder if this gown was worn with the opera cape above. Museum worthy.... yup, I know that because it WAS in a museum! :)
NEW LISTING!

$ 1,485. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#7154 - c. late 1950's/early 1960's  "Le Papillon
" (The Butterfly) Cotton Dress!  This is one of those dresses that I thought about keeping myself, and although I wear many 1950s vintage dresses, this is the first that I felt was better suited to someone a bit younger (than me at 56) :( .  Perhaps it's just that it is SOOOOO sweet!!  Achingly sweet!  Slightly off-white cotton completely covered with printed light blue butterflies with the black script writing out The Butterfly and Le Papillon (French for butterfly). Measures:  33/34" bust, 27/28" waist, 34" hipline (at 3.5" below natural waist), 44" long from shoulder to hem. Metal zipper at back. Excellent condition, though missing the original belt (but frankly I like without any... so you just need to remove the belt loops).  The only fit issue is slightly small armholes... so best for thin arms.

$ 385. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#7014 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Beaded Gown of Lovely and Different Printed Silk!  If you love Bob Mackie, but don't need one of the top end museum quality Mackie gowns, here's one I would definitely recommend.  It has that same sexy classic Mackie "Jessica Rabbit" bodice with gorgeous turquoise blue bugle beads trimming the bustline and bodice... and then the beads highlight the skirt in vertical lines.  Now all this is over an awesome blues, teals and purples wildly printed silk!!  Wonderful combination!! Beautiful on!  Slit up the front skirt for a bit of leg.  Back zipper.  This is the second time I found this gown for sale.  I loved it so much, I thought I'd offer it again! Excellent condition, just a hint of dirt on the lining bodice.  Measures:  34" bust, 29/30" waist, hemmed up to 40" long from natural waist to hem.  Too small for the 35" bust mannequin, but it will zip up perfectly at back for you. Even Susan Lucci wears vintage Mackie (of if it isn't, she's wearing a knock off of this style!!) :)   

$ 735.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4, small 6
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#6944 - c. Spring, 1957 TRAINA NORELL Red and Pink Roses Printed Silk Dress with Low Back! 
This dress comes with a copy of the Life Magazine from March 18, 1957 showing this dress (in the long version - see photos) listed at $325.  So, I went to the inflation calculator online (love that!) and here's the answer: "
What cost $325 in 1957 would cost $2448.67 in 2009."  They don't have 2010 yet.  So let's just figure an even $2500! This dress doesn't have the label but it came from a museum deaccession, and I have the matching long dress WITH the label as well for sale! Hard to see with the print, but it's a beautiful shape with wide inset waist. Interior minimal support. Comes with the original matching thin belt (which I neglected to photograph, but looks great without it).  Love the floppy bows at the low cut back! Measures:  32/33" bust, up to 24/25" waist, 27" underbust (!), up to 39" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem (3" extra hem). Near mint condition (though the belt has slight wear, and the hem isn't original with raw edges - but looks great from the outside).  NEW LISTING!

$ 1,285. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2
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#6568 - c. 1930's "Adrian look" Gown of Gold Sequins on Blue Cotton Netting, Made in France When I saw this gown I immediately thought of Joan Crawford's gown in the 1939 movie, The Women, with dramatic costumes by Adrian.  The costumes were SUCH the highlight of the movie that, just like the Wizard of Oz (from the same year), part of the movie is in B&W and the other part in color.  In The Women, the only part in color was an inserted Adrian fashion show. Fabulous!  Anyway, both this gown and her gown had the illusion midriff to show what appears to be skin.  Woo Woo!  Obviously this gown needs a slip under as you currently see a lot more than midriff, and it's all x-rated.  Rare slate blue cotton netting covered all over in swirling patterns in gold sequins.  Notice the surprising peplum at the front of the gown!!   I put this on the smaller mannequin as it's hard to get on (as most 30s gowns are) with just the side snaps, but I wiggled my size 6 body into this and OH MY!  SOOOOO sexy!!  So we know it will fit up to a 34" bust, 27" waist, 37/38" hips (but shown on the mannequin of 30" bust, 24" waist, 34" hips and she looks great as well).  I think this gown will go up to 36" bust, 30" waist and 38" hips.  I'm also 5'2" and it was a bit long (56" from shoulder to hem), but with high heels, pretty good. However, since this is bias, the length will be different with different bodies. Excellent condition.  One of the most exciting 1930's gowns you will see, other than in a museum.  And because it was Made in France (with the label), this cotton netting will hold up for another 80+ years! 

$ 2,485.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-6
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#6945 - c. Spring, 1957 TRAINA NORELL Red and Pink Roses Printed Silk Gown with Low Back! 
A gown from this collection was photographed for Life Magazine from March 18, 1957 (see photos) and listed for $325.  So, I went to the inflation calculator online (love that!) and here's the answer: "
What cost $325 in 1957 would cost $2448.67 in 2009."  They don't have 2010 yet.  So let's just figure an even $2500! This gown doesn't have the same back, but it's exactly the same fabric (as I have the matching dress for sale as well! :)  This gown has the Traina-Norell label and was a museum deaccession.  Hard to see with the print, but it comes with the original matching thin belt, AND an alternative matching rope belt.  Measures:  36" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 38" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem in front, 60" long in back. Seems to be in Excellent condition (though the belt has slight wear, and the hem has been pinned up at back, and when you look closely I found one tiny repair and one tiny hole at back lower hem - but looks great from the outside.  WILL need to be rehemmed - priced to reflect). 

$ 1,085. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
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  AUTHENTIC - ANGELA LANSBURY
Oscars Worn Embroidered Caftan

[ORDER ITEM - #5897]
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#5897 - c. 1984 ANGELA LANSBURY Ivory Silk Embroidered Caftan Worn at the 1984 Academy Awards Oscars!  From Prestigious Shop Profils du Monde, Beverly Hills This is a PREVIEW of what's to come! Sold at the Christie's 1999 famous "Unforgettable: Fashions of the Oscar" auction (and yes, this was the auction where Elizabeth Taylor's lavender dress sold for $167,500!  :)  The item is listed in the catalog as: "The caftan is elaborately embroidered in a floral motif with a variety of crimsons, aquas, and greens, interwoven with fold lame; constructed with a full-length, covered button front closure.  The pattern recalls "The Tree of Life" from Eastern antiquity."    This was worn by Ms. Lansbury at the podium where she accepted on behalf of Best Supporting Actress, Dame Peggy Ashcroft for "A Passage to India".   Sold at the 1999 auction for $6,900... that's $8,941 in 2010 dollars using the inflation calculator.  So.... who am I to quibble with Christie's? More photos and other information to come....  $ 8,950.

Approx. - SIZE 2-16
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#7010 - c. 1960's LILLI DIAMOND Black Silk Dress with Silk Chiffon Overlay! Ever wonder what the ritzy women wore in the 1960's when all the rest of us were wearing bold prints and horizontal jersey striped dress with plastic belts?  Classy dresses like this!  Just imagine her with a martini in one hand and the stiletto heels as she's kicking them off at the end of the evening (or the beginning of the evening depending who she is with!).  Black (looks slightly blue as I lightened the photos to see the detail) silk crepe dress with the silk chiffon overlay with black satin trim at hem and at the floppy bow at one shoulder.  Measures: 34/35" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 38" hips, 36" long from shoulder to hem.   Side zipper. Excellent condition. NEW LISTING!  

$ 465. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
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Approx. - SIZE 5

#5253 - c. 1930's Bone Suede Shoe! ONE SHOE!  From the Estate of ANITA LOOSIf you don't know who Anita Loos is, please just Google search her... you will be impressed!  She wrote (among other things) "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"... one of Marilyn Monroe's most famous movie roles. Ms. Loos had a great collection of hats, which I just purchased, and along with that hat collection came a number of pairs of her shoes from the 1930s-1940s. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a typo.  This is only ONE shoe. The other is long lost, sadly so this is for display, or as memorabilia piece from one of the most prolific female Hollywood writers! Of course, if you happen to have one leg, this is a great find! :) (Please don't write to me to tell me that I am not being politically correct.... humor is sadly a dying art as we are all too nervous to laugh!  Relax people!  Crack a smile!).  The shoe itself is a simple bone colored sueded with a lovely "fan" front to give an interesting classic 1930s look. Trimmed in a very thin line of brown leather on the front and on the "fan". Very good condition, as it's just a bit dirty. I'm sure a suede cleaning would bring "her" back.  Love the info inside.. "Famous for Fit, Our 15 Last". Very small size 5 as are all Ms. Loos' shoes.  NEW LISTING!

$ 45. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 5

 

 

   
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c. 1900
Extremely Frilly Silk and Lace Camisole

#1383

 

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display

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