This one could have been worn to the Cotillion dinner-dance before the time of Disco. With sheer sleeves and crystal-pleated skirt, it’s a dream of a dress for dancing. It had no belt when I found it – I think I would put on a skinny tie belt, perhaps with a little sparkle (depending on my jewelry).
Crystal pleats can be really lovely and in this case they have a superb swing, with their trumpet shape. Polyester fabric holds pleats like this really well, so that style was popular when poly was really big. This dress is very nicely made, by a company that was based in California.
It’s always frustrating to try finding a really good dance dress. I’ve already shown one and will be posting several more soon because I have a collection! One thing that was really popular in decades past was social dancing, in a more formal way than we do now. Therefore, there have been mountains of fabulous dresses created to dance in.
I’m always thrilled when I find a super one like this! Though it’s not meant for funky get-down nights, it would be perfect for most kinds of ballroom dancing (fox trot, swing, tango, waltz, rumba, samba – stuff like that). Whenever you go to a formal wedding or dance, there’s bound to be some of that – just depends.
Stick with me and I’ll show you all the treasures that I keep uncovering all year. So much fun, because you just never know!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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