1950s Clothing

Guatemalan cotton patio dress 1950s black gold set | S

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Bust: measures 38” flat, to fit approx. 35” to 38”
Waist: measures 29” flat (skirt waist is smaller)
Length: 21” from shoulder to hem
Waist: measures 28” flat to fit approx. 27”
Hip: full
Length: 33”
SHAWL/STOLE: 67” long with extra 4.5” of fringe on each end (76” total length). 16” wide
BAG: 8” tall without handle (13” tall with handle). Base is 3.5” wide by 6” long
LABEL: Vera Originals, Guatemala C.A. (Central America)

This black and gold Guatemalan 2-piece 1950s dress or patio set is made of very soft (although heavier-weight) Guatemalan cotton woven with gold metallic floral designs. The 2-piece dress combines a cap-sleeved, V-neck top with a pleated, full skirt. The set also includes a fringed shawl and a matching handbag! The top has vertical bust darts for shaping, and is designed to be worn tucked into the skirt—although it could certainly be worn untucked with other things. The skirt has a fitted waist with lots of flat pleats below, making it quite full and swingy—it could certainly accommodate a crinoline underneath if you prefer—we have shown it here without. It is slightly longer than the typical 1950s circle skirt—see measurements. Both the blouse and skirt fasten with metal side zippers and are unlined. The rectangular shawl or stole has knotted fringe/tassels at each end. The bucket-style handbag has a single top handle and a drawstring closure at the top. It is made of the same cotton/metallic fabric as the dress and stole, layered over a grey suede interior, with an oval velveteen base. This striking 1950s patio set is in very good condition: the skirt and hand handbag are in excellent shape, while the top has a bit of missing gold finish around the neckline (looks silver instead), and the stole or shawl has several mended areas—see photos. It may have been stored for many years on a metal clip skirt hanger to cause the damage, which we have tried to stabilize, as shown. The damage to the shawl is the only issue likely to be noticed, if at all. Similar to the lighter-weight cotton patio sets from the 1950s that were often made in Mexico, this version from Guatemala could easily be worn into fall and winter, due to the heavier cotton traditionally used for Guatemalan garments.

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