Black velvet 1950s dress sheer lace bustle back | XS-S

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Size: XS-S
Bust: 36” flat, to fit approx. 34-35”
Waist: 26” flat, to fit up to 25”
Hip: 41” flat, to fit up to 38” maximum, a bit loosely
Length: 39.5” from underarm to hem
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Waist seam to hem: 31.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 14” (underneath collar)
Label: Original Adair Fashions

Lush black rayon velvet and sheer floral lace make for the perfect wintertime late 1940s-early 1950s cocktail dress! The lovely neckline has scalloped panels of the sheer lace over each shoulder, backed with beige mesh for stability. Below the lace, a curving portrait collar drapes from shoulder to shoulder in front, and dips lower in back, trimmed with a sweet bow at the center. Darts shape the bust. A metal zipper fastens the side seam. Below the waist seam, the skirt has a straight silhouette in front, but in back a triangular, bias-cut panel from waist to hem creates a “bustle” effect. This center back panel is a bit longer than the rest of the skirt hem. We have lightened a few of our photos to try to show this better. The crepe-backed rayon velvet is unlined, and drapes beautifully! In very good condition, this elegant black velvet late 1940s-early 50s cocktail dress has 2 small mends in the right side seam, which are less-than-expertly done—see close-up photo.