Bust: approx. 32” (hard to measure b/c of diamond inserts under sleeves)
Waist: measures 24” flat to fit approx. 23”
Hip: 38” maximum; approx. 34” to 36” for best fit
Length: 40” shoulder to hem
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Waist to hem length: 24.5”
Label: Teal Traina
This dark pink or fuchsia 1960s cocktail dress by Teal Traina is made of crisp, lustrous alaskine fabric, a luxurious blend of silk and wool fibers. Although the Teal Traina label was in existence from the late 1950s through the late 70s, this particular dress probably dates form the era in which Geoffrey Beene was one of the designers there, 1958 to 1963. This sophisticated circa early 1960s dress has elegantly simple lines, with a high, funnel neckline, elbow-length sleeves, bust darts to shape the bodice and diamond-shaped inserts under the arms, for greater ease of movement. A self-fabric sash cinches the dress waist. The skirt is tulip-shaped, with small pleats at the waist and fullness over the hips, narrowing just slightly to the hem. It has wrap-around styling, overlapping at the front. The dress is lined in black silk organza. It fastens with a metal zipper in back. In very good condition, the dress has one small issue: one of the seam edges of the diamond insert under the right arm is somewhat rough (see close-up photo). This should not be noticeable when the dress is worn. This lovely, mid-century designer cocktail dress is very versatile, easy to dress up or down, depending on accessories.