This maxi dress from the ’60’s to ’70’s is a popular style of that time. In this case, the Hostess Gown has elements of the Asian Cheongsam style dress that is classic and very flattering. A Mandarin collar, frog closures, a shadow design of fans and flowers and walking slits in the hem hold true to traditional Asian dress design.
In this case, the dress is handmade and has a vintage Talon zipper. Although it may have been made in some U.S. woman’s home rather than a Chinese tailor’s, the mid-century handiwork of that time adds to the value of a dress made then. So, another garment a bit large for me, but worth collecting. Things tend to get more exciting from here on, so –
The Toni Todd label was a mid-priced line of popular everyday dresses. Pretty hum-drum by the standards then, but nicer than lots of the stuff that is marketed today. The best feature of this one, I think, is the styling.
The fabric is a poly or poly-blend knit. It is a one-piece, but made to look like a two-piece ensemble and pulls on overhead. Two of the buttons on one shoulder can be unfastened to allow this, while the others that run down the center of both sleeves are purely decorative, as is the red vinyl belt.
In terms of dating it exactly, the length of the skirt throws me off a bit but it could just have been a style element even though lots of hemlines at the time were shorter. It is an unusual design which contains elements of Mod and military styling – both popular in the mid- to late 1960’s.
It’s so much FUN to find vintage garments like this, with several interesting and curious fashion features that make the deciphering of their history a little unusual or puzzling. . . . . . . .
This dress/gown/frock was such fun to discover – it’d been a while since I had run across a fur-trimmed garment with sleeves like this, and never on a dress. This is more than a cocktail dress, but not quite formal. Was this specially made for a visit to the Queen?
Like one of my 1940’s wedding gowns, it is a brocade-type fabric, though a bit less heavy. I am puzzled as to what type of event this dress would have been worn to. Time for some research. Any ideas?
We’re approaching the time of year – Homecoming – Holidays – when gowns and formal-wear are most popular (until we get into Mardi Gras and Prom time!). This dress is so gorgeous and unique – a white evening gown with a splash of gold comet-dust across the bodice and down the skirt.
I’ve seen so many ceramic and plastic items from the Fifties (I have a lamp like this!) that are white or black and decorated with gold this way. It was so much fun to find it on a dress.
It’s a rayon or acetate sheath with a defined waist, draped all over with tulle netting. Very ’50’s and perfect for a Princess of the Galaxy, or the Magicvintagespy . . . . . . .
Yes, it is really crushed! Needs a trip to the cleaner or, maybe, a good steaming. Doing this at home can be tricky, however, with true vintage garments.
Reminds me so much of photos I’ve seen from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s – a typical dress for the Homecoming dance.
Crushed velvet and panne’ velvet were really popular then, plus dresses with Victorian or Edwardian tailoring details. Funny how fashion really swings back and forth from modernistic to old-style, sometimes combining the two in one garment.
In this case, I love the long sleeves and vintage-style bodice with lacy trim at the neck and a mini-skirt combined. I see a lot of that in my investigating experiences – so interesting!
Custom-tailored in a popular style of the mid-late Sixties, batik dyed silk tent dress that I like to wear belted. It also has a shawl made of the same material that completely transforms the look.
Wearing it un-belted is also a completely different look, but not my style. This cut can work for almost any figure, but really looks great on curvy Madge. That’s her edge over slender Stella, so they’re getting along fine .. . . . . . .
Now that Stella’s on the modeling circuit, this dress can be displayed as it should be. Several years ago I found this beauty – wish the photos did it justice. Gorgeous atomic/abstract/art swirl fabric in glossy and soft rayon. All hand-tailored. FAB!