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Vintage 1950s Bard’s Toronto Dressing Gown Claire Haddad Canada Ladies Size M


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This is a wonderful 1950s era dressing gown made by Bard’s Toronto.  Bard’s was founded by Joseph Henry Bardwell in 1938 after he procured the Canadian license for exclusive use of Viyella, which was a British fabric.  Bard’s specialized in housecoats/dressing gowns.  His daughter was Claire Bardwell, who took on the name Claire Haddad when she married in 1944 at the age of 20.  Claire Haddad went on to become a famous Canadian fashion designer, specializing in nightgown sets, the first Canadian to win a Coty Award, and becoming known for designing for Elizabeth Taylor, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Burnett.  Claire Haddad continued to design for Bard’s until she established her own business in 1964, so she most likely had some hand in designing this dressing gown. 

The dressing gown does up with a zipper up the front and with a hook and eye at the waist as well as with a matching sash.  It has above the wrist length sleeves and tucking at the shoulders.  It has a kimono neckline.  The skirt is cut full with a wide flare to the hemline.  There is a pocket at the right side that is trimmed in white chenille cotton - the ends of the belt are similarly trimmed.  The piece is lined in a white synthetic fabric.  The exterior is made of a cotton or cotton blended fabric in a quilted fine gingham check pattern in red and white.

Label: Original Imported Fabric by Bard’s Toronto

Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a medium size, please note the following measurements for fit, taking the style of the dress into consideration:

Shoulders: 14” across, from the shoulder/sleeve seam to the shoulder/sleeve seam, but more like 17” including the sleeve caps

Sleeves:  21 1/2” from the shoulder/sleeve seam

Bust:  38” around, taken under the arms 

Waist:  30” around, but meant to be cinched with the belt

Hips:  38” around, but meant to fall loosely

Overall length: 54", measured flat

Condition: It is in very good condition with no wear, tear, staining or odours.  This piece has been well stored and cared for over the years.

This is a wonderful early 50s era dressing gown….interesting piece, especially being from Bard’s!