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1950s halter cocktail dress full skirt striped black green silk XS

1950s Clothing

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This striking and lovely Thai silk halter dress from the late 1950s or early 1960s is striped in shades of black, silver gray, and avocado green. The lustrous, very lightweight silk fabric has pronounced slubs in the weave and is so fine that it is semi-sheer. The stripes have been used to excellent effect: vertically in the backless, hater-neck bodice, and horizontally in the full, gathered skirt. A fitted waistband joins the bodice to the skirt. The bodice and waistband are lined with plain weave black cotton, while the skirt section is unlined. Shown here with an added crinoline that is not included, the skirt section of the dress is fairly sheer, so you will want a half-slip underneath, at minimum. (My last photo shows the dress without the added crinoline). The halter strap is non-adjustable, with no hooks or other fastenings. The dress closes with a side seam metal zipper. Recently dry-cleaned and ready to wear, the dress does have some very slight yellowing visible at the right side underarm, but no odors. This faint yellowing is more noticeable on the right side because it is over the lighter-colored silver-gray stripe, unlike on the other side. This striped silk circa 1950s halter cocktail dress is quite gorgeous, with no other issues to note. It may fit best for a petite size, since the bodice is slightly short waisted (see measurements).

Size: XS.

  • Bust: 37 inches flat, to fit max. 36 (approx. 32C or 34B).
  • Ribcage: 33 inches flat.
  • Waist: 27 inches flat to fit up to 26 max.
  • Hip: full.
  • Length: 40 inches from back of neck at halter strap to hem.
  • Underarm to waist: 7 inches (probably best for petite).
  • Waist to hem length: 23.5 inches.
  • Label: none, possibly home sewn.