Looking for a St. Paddy’s frock? Here we go again – a lovely pouf dress from the 1950s of acetate rayon and chiffon, in minty sherbet green this time. I love this for Spring, with the sheer 3/4 sleeves and the jewel neckline. Look at that deep hem in the overskirt!
This is a below-the-knee formal dress that could also be worn to a Prom, dinner, dance or any formal event that doesn’t require a full-length skirt. ‘It would also be lovely worn in a wedding by attendants or by a bride who didn’t want to wear the typical white or ivory. Many ’50’s brides wore gowns of this length.
The sheer chiffon covers the rayon dress underneath and there is a sewn-in crinoline of netting. I don’t believe that there are any tags remaining but I suspect that it was commercially-made. However, it’s not always certain – many seamstresses in business or at home were VERY skilled.
Finding dresses like this is always magical. Where was it first worn? Who kept it for decades and why was it so special? You just never know . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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