1930s - 1940s Clothing

Surrealist novelty print silk 1940s dress greenhouse | XS

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Size: XS

Bust: measures 35” flat, with best fit for 32” to 34” max.
Waist: measures 25.5” flat to fit best for 24”
Hip: measures 35” flat to fit best for 32” or smaller—maybe up to 33” with extra care.
Length: 47” from shoulder to hem in front
Back of neck to waist length: 16”
Shoulder to shoulder: approx. 14.5” (no shoulder seams/kimono style)
Neck: will fit 14” max.
Label: none

A hot pink and green silk, surrealist 1940s novelty print, of a greenhouse or conservatory with abstract, 18th century ladies is not something that you see every day! This slinky late 1940s dress, in lightweight silk crepe de chine (or subtly crepe-textured silk), is quite eye-catching! It has a visible Asian influence, with its mandarin collar, kimono-style cap sleeves, and body-skimming shape, similar to a cheongsam dress. The large and low hip pockets break up the simple silhouette, and are ingeniously made all-in-one with the center front panel of the skirt. They extend as far around in back as they do in front—a really neat design! Vertical pleats extend down from each shoulder to the bust, adding fullness. The dress is unlined and fastens with a metal zipper in the side seam. The mandarin collar fastens with a metal hook and eye above the center front slit in the bodice. It has been freshly dry cleaned, but still shows a bit of discoloration/dye bleed on the fabric at the underarms (no odors—see photo). In good, totally wearable condition, the dress also has several tiny mends: the most visible one at the collar, a small one at the front edge/seam of one hip pocket, and an even less visible one reinforcing the bottom of the zipper placket. None of these mends should be terribly noticeable when this fabulous novelty print 1940s dress is worn.

The lightweight silk appears sturdy, but it is delicate by nature, and should be treated gently. Storage tip: do not store this lovely silk dress on a hanger, since the pockets will droop down and place too much strain on the thread attaching them to the body of the dress.

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