Vintage 1930s Linen Day Dress B Altman & Co Paris New York Size Medium


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This is a 1930s era day dress made in an off-white linen with zipper closures.  The dress was sold at B. Altman & Co. of Paris and New York - B. Altman was a high-end fashion and fabrics department store founded in 1865 and located on Fifth Avenue in New York from 1906 until its closure in 1989.  The dress is made in a simple style, understated, but with a design influence dictated by the art deco movement of the era.  It has a V shaped collarless neckline, adjustable with the brass zipper down the centre bodice.  It has cap sleeves, slanted zippered pockets at either front side under the defined waistline, a kick pleat at the centre bottom front and back and is made in a below the knee length.  It has a four snap closure at the left side, along with a hook and eye at the left waist.  There are loops for a belt, but no belt is provided - personally, I think that a belt might interfere with the line of the dress.  The dress is unlined.

Material: Linen - quality fabric with beautiful finish and fall 

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

Shoulders and sleeves:  26” across from the edge of one cap sleeve, over the shoulders to the edge of the other cap sleeve

Bust:  36” around, taken t the armpits

Waist:  30” around, uncinched

Hips:  37” around

Length:  46”, measured flat

Condition: It is in very good condition with no noted wear, tear, soiling or staining.  Aside from the missing belt, very well kept and stored over the last 85 to 90 years.

This is a very nice example of a 1930s day dress - quality linen from a renowned New York department store, lovely and simple to wear, very contemporary looking!