1951 PARIS DESIGNER ENSEMBLE INTERPRETED BY MID-CENTURY AMERICAN CLOTHIER NELLIE DON

1951 PARIS DESIGNER ENSEMBLE INTERPRETED BY AMERICAN CLOTHIER NELLIE DON

This is a really interesting find!  A plain belted sheath dress with removable peplum.  I encountered a photo several years ago that told me the year it was designed and the designer.  I can’t remember the designer’s name – can anyone help out?   It was a famous name that we all know.

This one was styled by Nellie Don, a company which made very reasonably-priced clothing items for women in America – not couture.  Usually a year or two after styles came out in Paris they found their way into the U.S. one way or another.  So, this dress would probably have hit the store racks in 1952 or 1953.

It’s made of an unremarkable heavy-ish fabric – some kind of cotton blend in an abstract print – with a center back metal zipper.  But, it is an unusual length for that time – just a bit below the knee.  The Paris trends would have told us when hems wer  going up again!

I was quite surprised when I discovered it, hiding in an odd little shop, and it was a revelation when I noticed that photo! You really just never know . . . . . . . . . .

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1951 PARIS DESIGNER ENSEMBLE INTERPRETED BY AMERICAN CLOTHIER NELLIE DON

1951 PARIS DESIGNER ENSEMBLE INTERPRETED BY AMERICAN CLOTHIER NELLIE DON.

1951 PARIS DESIGNER ENSEMBLE INTERPRETED BY AMERICAN CLOTHIER NELLIE DON

1951 PARIS DESIGNER ENSEMBLE INTERPRETED BY AMERICAN CLOTHIER NELLIE DON.