A gold rayon satin sheath, perfect for cocktails and dinner out in 1960. The over-dress with high slits and frog decoration is very much a style of that time. The white embroidered design is a little showy, but understated fashion wasn’t a big thing then. However, this dress still manages to be elegant.
Sadly, there is no label remaining and I doubt that it was home-sewn. Could have been custom-tailored by an expert dressmaker, which was a favorite thing to have done back then. Of course, I miss my mannequin models big-time when showing off this frock. A fitted sheath looks best on hourglass figures and was really cut to fit that way when it was new.
I’m discovering things from the late ’50’s and early ’60’s a little more often in the last year or two and it’s obviously a sign of the times. Not sure how many 80- and 90-year-olds might still be hanging on to a favorite Mod designer outfit. I guess I’ll find out later, but we’re still going in that direction tomorrow. Hang on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This happens to me a lot – finding styles and garments from the same era one after another, with lots of similarities. Sometimes those similarities are also quite rare! Here we have another sheath design in a Junior size, with chiffon drapes from the waist. I’ve seen these drapes before from that time period, but from the neckline on Misses size dresses. However, the similarities end there . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
this one is not in black crepe. It is lined lace with gathers at the waistline and chiffon around the neckline. More demure and a tad more sophisticated. Still a cocktail/dinner frock and in perfect condition! Also in my size. I wonder what’s next? You just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Since the weather is still cool some days, we can wear some slightly heavier fabrics. The substantial crepe material from which this dress is made would be too heavy for warm weather but is just right when it’s moderate outside. This simple sheath styling also can easily be paired with a sweater or short jacket
A short back zipper at the neck and shoulder pads are notable details. The belt is cloth – covered near the buckle and beaded around the other half. Whether you wear the buckle in front or back is up to you. This fancy belt “ups” the sophistication of the dress and would let it go from day to dinner without a pause. That was a real plus during wartime when a woman’s wardrobe may have been very limited. The style and cut are so simple that it would also show off any piece of jewelry that you wanted to wear with it to dress it up.
The ’40’s is probably my favorite fashion decade, although there are beautiful clothes from every era. The styles from this decade seem very self-confident, with imaginative and fun details. They also look good on my figure, which is an important consideration!
This dress, and several others from the ’40s, were a surprise find that really lit up my day. In fact, it was a totally unexpected treasure trove that just opened itself to me because of being in the right place at the right time. You just never know . . . . . . . . ..
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