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Vintage 1950s Velvet Ball Gown Formal Dress with Tulle Bottom Size M


Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing

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This is a 1950s era ball gown, I believe early 50s, possibly late 40s, made in a beautiful tone of blue velvet.  Its style would have been influenced by the New Look, introduced by Christian Dior in 1947, as a reaction against the austerity of WWiI, when fabrics were rationed.  Dior rejected the loose fitting garments of the 1920s and 30s, instead accenting the female figure and using drapes and drapes of fabric, particularly for the skirt area. 

This dress is sleeveless with spaghetti shoulder straps that tie, so can be adjusted for height fit.  The bodice is fitted and the waist accented, but the skirt is cut very full with tulle supporting the skirt from the interior - three rows of pleated tulle flounce peek out from the bottom front of the dress, where the velvet is cut shorter in order to display the tulle flouncing.  The skirt is cut to be longer towards the back.  The dress does up the back with a metal zipper.  The bodice and the bottom of the skirt are lined in blue taffeta.  The dress was posed with a crinoline, but using a fuller crinoline would create a fuller look.

Label: None.  I assume that this was seamstress/couturier made.  It is very well constructed 

Color: A very pretty tone of blue

Fabric:  Velvet, very soft, I would think a quality cotton velvet

Sizing: No size is indicated as this was probably custom made, but this should fit a medium size - please note the following measurements for fit:

Bust: 36” around, taken under the arm openings 

Waist: 27”-27 1/2””  around

Hips:  Full

Overall length: 49”, to the bottom of the flounce at the front, measured flat and 59” at the back

Condition:  It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear or tear - there are a couple of small scuffs to the velvet in a few places, very minor.  Otherwise, this dress is very clean and well preserved. 

This is a lovely quality ball gown, very striking in blue velvet - beautiful style, gorgeous!