Vintage 1950s Blue Tulle Prom Dress 1954 Ball Gown Holt Renfrew Canada Sz Small


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This is a wonderful prom dress / ball gown that dates to the 1950s - the lady from whom I acquired it told me that it was her mother's and that it dated to 1954. The dress was manufactured by the “Perfect Junior Formal Ltd.” company of Toronto and sold at Holt Renfrew and Company Limited, a Canadian boutique type department store that sells only designer and luxury fashion and wares.  The dress is made with a netted bodice and a skirt made of layers of light blue netted tulle over a lavender blue coloured taffeta base.  It is made in a strapless style with faux seed pearls and aurora sequins on lace at the top edge of the bodice.  There are two similar diagonal rows of lace across the skirt of the dress. The dress was photographed with a crinoline - the use of a crinoline creates a fuller look although it’s not absolutely necessary.  It closes with a metal zipper at its side.  The bust has stays over the breast area providing form and shape.  Note that the lavender blue under fabric has sheen, so is more reflective under lighting, giving the dress a two toned effect. 

Label: Holt Renfrew and Company Limited

Hanger straps: Perfect Junior Formal Ltd

Sizing:  No size is indicated, and although this should fit a small size, please note the following measurements for fit:

Bust:  32” / Waist:  26” / Hips:  42” (meant to be full and fall loosely/flare out) / Length:  52”, measured flat

Condition:  This dress is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odours - it looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years.

This is a lovely 50s era prom gown - having been sold at Holt Renfrew, this would have been a high quality dress!