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I'm better at dating Victorian items than newish pieces! It can easily be worn large. The elastic in the waist should be replaced if you are a smaller waist as it's all stretched out So I just have to go about my business and hope that the right person finds the perfect dress at the correct time. I hate sewing seams, etc in my knitting…… Please let me know if you have already considered doing this and ahve come up with some pattern work.

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I date this gown to as there is a photo of Jean Patchett Iconic Vogue Model wearing a similar style Kiviette gown see photos. Now check out this beautiful gown The only minor issues are: When I got married for the first time in , I had my bridesmaids wear a similar looking gown Something about a well-designed designer gown Anyway, you can read about Helen Rose at: You will then know that this was an expensive gown in the early 70's. Could even be from her last consumer line "Helen Rose Couture" collection in Originally sold at the Alice Weiser shop in Beverly Hills.

The ruffled halter neck echoes the large ruffled lower skirt which follows up and around to create a bustle-like ruffled skirt back! Fully lined with a hot pink soft silk under the sheer floral organza.

Still has the original museum tags attached. A simple basic sleeveless black wool crepe dress with scoop neck, two welt pockets, fully lined with black silk broadcloth.

For Daywear or Cocktail. A simple basic sleeveless black wool crepe dress with "v-crossover" neckline , two patch pockets, button back with original black sash with stain ribbons. I love Bob Mackie. I love the shape of Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy gown in the movie Sabrina in the tennis courts.

This piece was sold at Saks Fifth Avenue high-end department store and has that label as well. The lame fabric is gold, silver and copper, so whatever you wear it with will work. I know it's hard to see the shape of the "skirt", but it's flat in front and gathered at the sides and back.

Wonderful princess Sabrina shape. Black velvet at collar and cuffs. The sleeves are tight and the back is narrow, so Al so listed in the Furs, etc. So often when I see a dress I particularly love, it's a Mollie Parnis. It's a shame you can't see this dress in person as it's the rhinestones glittering at the top in a modified heart design that makes the dress! Thin rhinestone studded straps could use an extra stitch or two, but otherwise it's in Excellent condition.

Black slip attached with 2 layers of chiffon over. If you love the Audrey Hepburn look, but want to "make it your own" look All you need is a string of pearls and black stilettos. Originally had a tiny belt, but none exists and I much prefer it as you see it anyway. Perfect dress for your next cocktail party!

OK, for those of you who are Martha Stewart types who also dress in Chanel Yup, it's a suit. However, the skirt as those pesky yellow spots here and there that are hard to clean. But you might have just the right anti-yellowing formula.

Meanwhile, I've decided that the jacket is great enough to sell alone, and I'm throwing the skirt in with the deal.

The only issues are inside the the jacket with some reddening of the bottom of the lining see photos and slight dirt inside collar All you need is a black pair of pants and you are smashing if you can't clean the skirt. F rom a New York Times article: Japan's leading fashion designers recently presented their fall collections Combining Western styles of dress with immaculate tailoring, Mr. Matsuda has come up with clothing that breaks new ground wile remaining totally wearable Nothing extreme there, just good solid tailoring.

Beautiful shape of the two-tiers at the front of the skirt. Built-in matching wide belt at high waist. Wish this was perfect, but there are two small holes that will need backing to hide, or a black slip worn under, or re-weaving my recommendation. This skirt is worth the small investment in that! I'd get it done for you, but you can choose whatever you prefer. Heavy metal zipper at back.

Previously Owned by Melanie Griffith! The Bootcut or Bellbottoms made a comeback in the 's and it has never looked better than in this 2-piece Versace suit! From the closet of Melanie Griffith, and she is one of those stars who liked to spend top dollar for quality clothes.

I love the body-hugging shape of this suit Low waisted pants with perfectly placed black "leather" at top and around upper back and Look at the seaming on that ass!!! That same black "leather" creates an attached vest look which zips and snaps shut, but allows for skin to be shown. Jacket is beautifully cut to shape! I have been writing leather in quotes as even though it seems to be leather, it may be a faux leather, but you'd never know.

Even has the Versace name engraved in the zipper pulls at the vest and pants pockets see photos and has all the Medusa Versace goldtone snaps.

Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category. I've seen this same large flower embroidery on other Kamali pieces, notably two coats and some pants. This jacket is padded, with fill, so even though it's "one size fits all", it's quite large!! Best for size I would say! It overwhelms me at 5'2" size 6. The sleeves are extremely long, but can be cuffed to a more normal length. The collar can be worn down into lapels, or up in a funnel shape. Pockets on front sides.

There are no closures on this coat, but you can easily add them Excellent condition, with just minor embroidered thread pulls. There are a few issues with this suit, but OH so pretty! Especially the lining I know, that's weird to have a "thing" for the lining, but it's a brilliant blue silk! And since the jacket doesn't close at front meant to be worn as you see , I'm sure that lining will be seen as you move. High-waisted long full skirt, self-tie at the neck, long sleeves, slight peplum jacket.

Evoking Jacques Fath or Christian Dior, this suit has loads of decorative buttons so fashionable for this era. Size and condition info coming I have a soft spot for the Nettie Rosenstein label. I so often love the designs! And no surprise, I love this. Black silk dress with guipure lace cross design at bodice and open lace "cap" sleeves.

The back skirt is completely covered with a "tail" of extra gathered fabric. The back bodice is as lovely as the front. Staring in , "Rosenstein became known for her Little Black Dresses and for her evening gowns. Her dresses were fitted on models of the correct size, rather than on a very small model and graded up.

For that reason, her clothes were flattering to many figure types. She was the designer of both of Mrs. She closed her clothing business in Excellent condtion with tiny pinholes that can only be seen when you stick your head inside the dress and look out. Also, there are belt loops but no belt. Frankly I like this dress without a belt better, but any simple black thin belt will do if you wish.

I loved the over abundance of glitter and shine! I was quite sad when the 's classic dull beige "Armani-style" came into vogue. I prefer to have fun dressing up! So yes, I tried this dress on just after photographing it and damn it it fits me perfectly. So do I keep it? Do I sell it? Since I work on my website in bunny slippers, I guess I don't need to keep it. Black heavy linen dress with attached half-belt with huge goldtone buttons, large patch pockets at front, wide shoulders and lapels.

The large gold and silver sequins are scattered in freeform designs, on one sleeve. The buttons open, but the bottom of the dress is closed at front, so it's a coatdress look, but won't swing open on you. High-end Lacroix pink label. I don't have a photo of Cher wearing this sweater You know items with these tags attached are legit from Marcia Tysseling's Star Wares shop.

You can read up on Ms. Tysseling and her relationship with Cher from this LA Times article: And certainly this is something you know she would wear! Item will come with a COA from Antiquedress. Also Listed in the Cher Category at http: If you know Bob Mackie, you will know that there are lots of different quality pieces.

Some are lower quality with sequins instead of beads, some are couture Celebrity pieces, and some are one step down from the couture pieces, still early in the Mackie RTW lines and still of top quality, extremely heavy, full of bugle beads, faux peals and just a hint of sequins all beaded on to strong white cotton netting rather than beaded onto silk as you will find in the lower quality Mackie gowns.

The netting gowns are the ones you want. There is an inner boned bodice and the rest is just the thin silk light blue lining that they used on these RTW gowns, but would have not used for Cher gowns those were just the beaded netting without the lining This gown weighs nearly 5 pounds!!!!

Labeled size 8, but that's an older size 8. If you are shorter, these are easily hemmed up by a good tailor. There is very minor bead loss here and there, but fairly easy for someone to add a few more beads if you want it absolutely perfect. You will likely never see where the lost beads are unless you are inspecting. I like to call this my "Mermaid" gown. Though mermaids don't need that long sexy leg slit! Most importantly, I have found a dress that was designed by Hubert de Givenchy in for Grace Kelly that was executed by Marie Therese.

That gown was sold at auction and was believed to have been owned by internationally renowned ballerina, Margot Fonteyn. I have found other labels of a "Nina Ricci patron original" label with the additional Marie Therese label, so I'm not absolutely sure if Marie Therese was just a top designer retail boutique, or additionally a dressmaker creating authorized couture designer gowns or both.

Her jewels were just recently sold at Doyle Auction House for tens of thousands each piece. The gown is slightly too small in the waist for the dressform, and a bit too large in the bust heck of a figure on this women!! The "train" could have been worn in other configurations. You can see the "train" was tacked up I should a version of that as well. It's a beautiful color There are a few minor minor small spots, more unseen spots on the lining, and one small heel tear at the hem on the chiffon.

Also Listed in Museum Category. I've been trying to research this dress can you call it that? This was likely shown with a sheer blouse under I assume , but you can certainly wear with an opaque blouse, or a turtleneck if you really want yourself covered! Lagerfeld was obviously evoking the iconic Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit. Worn to the Nixon Inaugural Ball! I only have a verbal provenance that this simple raw silk gown with matching coat was worn to the Nixon Inaugural Ball in I can image it as worn with long white gloves and a smashing diamond necklace.

The gown has spaghetti straps and a lovely "empire" seam bodice. The material is a lovely shade of seafoam green and has a sweet bow at the front of the coat. There are only a few minor spots that may dryclean or spot clean out see photos , and slight underarm discoloration hardly seen. And the outfit may have been worn a second time as looks as though it was hemmed up.

Jackie Kennedy would have looked stunning in this! It's got that look. Fits me like it was made for me damn! It's unlikely I'm gonna be invited to an inaugural ball, so I guess I have to let this go. I have no idea how this was designed to be worn, but damn if it doesn't look great to wear that attached "scarf" around your neck as a halter dress. All you would need to do is add a decorative pin at the waist to pin down the end of the scarf to make it stay in place. Or wear as a strapless.

Or wear as a skirt with train, or design your own look! Wear with t-shirt under, wear alone, way cool!!! As you can see, the skirt is very gathered and gets a bit tapered at the knee.

There are 3 tiny pinholes found under inspection A couple black stitches by a tailor will make them disappear in the black. Could very well be an early Gianni Versace So no other designer used ultrasuede like Halston!

Even his fairly recent documentary is entitled "Ultrasuede - In Search of Halston". So if you are looking for a piece of 's history, this is it. Many of the pieces were wrapped and belted. I love the fact that the zippers here were "front and center" on the jacket and on the cuffs. Simplicity at Halston's finest. Other than the removable huge bow I like it, but others may not , this could easily be seen on the Red Carpet today.

I LOVE this color especially!!! The gown is labeled inside with marking pen as "'s" by the museum. Gown is in great condition, except for some marks on the bottom hemline see photo. Possible dry-cleaner can remove Capriccio may have been a store label as I have seen this typeface Capriccio label inside of a labeled Ungaro dress, and also a Giorgio Armani piece.

However, I DO remember seeing this label in my younger years. If anyone knows, I'd be happy for this information! I would rather see this worn more elegantly over a simple black slip. Also, these are wore short so I would love to see this with black silk gown slip under that peeks out the bottom giving this more of a long tunic feel.

OR wear over any color you'd like Then it's open the rest of the way down. The beauty of this collection was the use of the colored silk wired butterflies.

They were even found on long sheer matching gloves. The butterflies could use a bit of a "haircut" or leave them as is slightly ragged. Not sure what they were originally. This is one of those dresses that you just can't stop looking at!!!! Looks like something Betsy Johnson might have knocked off, but this is by the King himself The low scoop neck will give you a lovely decolletage.

Fitted torso for a shapely shape and ruffles galore on the neckline, at the cuffs, and then.. Who would have thought you could put all those colorful plaids together and make it look so damn perfect?? The only issue is a bit of lingerie perfume from the previous owner There is no give to the fabric. If I could read German, I may find out more about Mr.

Ostergaard, but this should suffice: I'm showing the back of the dress in this photo to the left with the unexpected matching rose. The "v" neck is at back with a boatneck at front. The waist is slightly low with full skirt shown with a small crinoline that doesn't come with it. You could certainly get a fluffier crinoline I think I'd like that even better! When I purchased it, the skirt was hemmed up. Looks great either way. Want some attention when you turn around??

You may not be able to notice the people checking you out from behind, but they definitely will be! Now unless you are a pop star or supermodel they don't mind walking the red carpet practically naked , I would strongly suggest you wear a slip under. Black would be best in my opinion So the dress will still show you off, and still show the dress off as well. The wide ruffle around the front will lightly billow as you walk, and the back ruffles fall all the way from the shoulder to the hem on either side.

As this is bias cut and a bit of a stretchy silk crepe material, it will stretch to hug your curves. On this mannequin it's 50" long from shoulder to hem You may want to add a belt as there likely was one and the waist seaming is a bit messy - see last photo though it's a bit high-waisted as you can see on the mannequin with the seaming. Obviously it dips up in the center front, but the belt would be below that There is only ONE defect I can find If you are wearing a black slip, you will never in a million years notice it.

Obviously you are seeing the museum tags hanging at the upper back. I didn't want to remove them! From exotic influences to the shimmery glamour of vintage styles.

I adore this piece! Large various colored, sizes and shaped rhinestone jewels around the high neck and hip band. Zipper at upper back. The color is nude with a slight pinkish tint. Sides are open, but this is a 35" bust mannequin and there is still more room if you are larger Wanna have a great shape??

This dress will make anyone look good I haven't found a photo of her wearing it, so you'll just have to trust me that it came from the same source as the other photo-documented Melanie Griffith dresses. Some day I'll find a photo of her in it! But until then, it's for sale as just a great Etro dress. The color is a blue with a purplish hue in certain lights love that!

The diagonal ruching across the waist does exactly what you want it to do But stretched, so can fit smaller and a bit larger but not much. But until then, it's for sale as a great jacket! Excellent condition with just a hint of satin bruise on sleeve and I'm not even sure what I'm seeing at lower back This is what you might see in Saks Fifth Ave on the discount rack condition. I would be keeping this for my own closet if I didn't have a 32F bust too large for this.

Best for up to 33" bust and perhaps 36" hips. Shown on a 35" bust mannequin. The gown was donated to the auction by the Temperley London design house. Proceeds from the auction benefited H. This is NOT the "Alice" lower priced line, but the top of the line runway piece. Best for a very tall gal, unless you have an excellent seamstress to hem up.

This shuts me up. Feels and looks incredible on! Oh, and weighs an amazing 4 pounds I'd love to know who Mrs. Meyer Falk was, because she was obviously incredibly daring and cool!!! I think I just found her!!!

I love to research and all the details seem to match to Mrs. Genevieve nee Lutfy Falk. Originally a fashion designer in Montreal, her love of style and design were reflected in every endeavor she undertook from her home to her dress - her flair and panache were always a topic of conversation among her admirers and those she surprised with her forward fashion sensibilities.

Most of all Genevieve showed graciousness and kindness to all. This dress is just awesome. Obviously expensive when new as it was sold by Bergdorf on the Plaza very high-end! There is a double layer in the skirt so a bit less sheer there, but you gotta love those ruched breast pockets!!!!!! Wear a slip under or don't Excellent condition with just the slightest pull in the fabric at upper back see photo Made in Italy, so again Metal zipper at back. Comes with the original thin belt.

I think this would look great on you! Black velvet Thierry Mugler classic dress with "Vampire" collar you can wear down to be a bit more sedate , open keyhole front to show off your cleavage , original buckle back belt, wide shoulders the shoulderpads have been removed, so you just need to replace - I just stuffed with tissue , and snap up back and cuffs one snap is missing, so you can steal from the top snap to match. The only other issue is that as you se there is a slit up the front and the top of the slit is pulled I would just applique a small diamond or triangle shape black velvet piece just to cover the mess Well-priced to reflect the couple small issues.

A gorgeous voided black velvet on silk chiffon gown with large scroll and patch design! A throwback to the s gowns! Halter shape which looks fabulous on everyone. Designed by the very talented Dr. Elizabeth Galindo who is a designer, fashion historian hence the very vintage feel of her gowns and fashion restorer. She has created unique, imaginative and hand-made fashion designs since Her collections were found in leading fashion retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman from to I could have told you how expensive just from the fabric and construction As couture as you can get!!

Finger loop to hold up the train. Low back with zipper. I haven't yet found the photos of Melanie wearing this, but I'm sure if you dig, you will find them.

You will see the pattern in the gown under lights, but it may also show up in photos as plain black. When Princess Kate got engaged she wore the now famous sapphire blue wrap dress. Within seconds it sold out. I would have kept this for myself, but I'm a bit too buxom for it and I don't have the top celebrity fearlessness. I love these plunging necklines on smaller busted women. Excellent condition except for the tiny two spots at lower back see photo.

Will they come out? Very possibly, but I leave that to you. See additional photos to see the other celebrities in the similar Issa dresses.

LOVE the turquoise color! Looks great on everyone! It's a basic slightly sheer black with a "snakeskin" thin trim on the huge bow and the wide wrapped waist. The shoulder bodice with nice draping There's a knee length silk skirt under with a long side trained organza skirt over attached with that huge bow. They were NOT cheap to purchase when new! And that is no surprise. Check out the interior bodice on this piece Love the changeable taffeta fabric The bubble overskirt over the straight skirt under with beaded applique which matches the applique across the gathered bodice.

This WILL attract compliments! Disregard the size Medium tag I haven't found a photo of Melanie wearing this piece, but it was worn It totally blends in with the pattern of the hand-painted floral silk. Interesting shape of a sleeveless cape which can be worn many different ways Great bathing suit cover up or wear over just about anything.

Can also be used as a regular scarf. Even now, I find it thrilling to have found something this incredible. Gorgeous enough for a museum. Check out the close-up photos to see the detail.

The trim is a black Mongolian curly lamb, and the coat is lined in a heavy black faux fur for warmth. The coat is quite heavy and warm!

Comes with the original matching wide belt with leather tie. Excellent condition just 2 hooks missing As it's of the late 60s, early 70's So best for you to be smaller than the measurements. Also Listed in the Furs, etc. You know if you saw this in a s Vogue ad, the girl would be wearing white go-go boots and a vinyl hat with the white Courreges Eskimo glasses which I happen to have for sale as well at: Fairly heavy weight pieces in what seems to be a cotton blend?

This suit weighs an astonishing FIVE pounds!!! The trim, breast pockets and belt are a canary yellow heavy ribbed fabric. The only issue is one extremely light small spot found on the lower skirt back see photo and the fact that the belt needs a cleaning. The skirt is slight hip-hugger, A-line and seems the zipper is to be worn in the front!!! Also Listed in the Museum Category. So you don't need to wear this many petticoats, but I wanted to give you an idea of how much material is in this skirt!

If you click on the photo at left to see how it looks without any petticoats none come with it. The skirt is lovely as it's "tiered" with stitching and minor shirring. The wide waist and halter top gives this the coveted "Marilyn Monroe" look. Otherwise, you might need to get creative and cover with a long flowing ribbon or something There are no tags sadly, but just think Jean Shrimpton if you are too young to know her, then please google her. If it does, you WIN!!!

Calvin designed for various Seventh Avenue fashion houses for five years before launching his own line of coats in This could be one of his first pieces!! Bright purple cotton velvet double-breasted trench maxi coat!! You can wear the neckline 3 different ways There is a very long 33" slit at the back to ad walking. There are real pockets under the flaps of course. The only issue is that the original belt is missing.

Obviously it's very wearable without a belt So sweet, classy and "Audrey Hepburn" from the front Obviously best for those girls who can get away with going braless that's NOT me. I tried to photograph this so you can see the fringe detail Black thin crepe material. Great LBD from the 's. Isn't that what vintage is all about?? This jacket could SO easily been assumed to be a Balenciaga jacket from the s. The only way you know it isn't is because the tags are modern.

The boxy tulip shape is classic Balenciaga Wild wide "belt" at mid back! Wonderful sparkling rhinestone buttons are decorative as the jacket closes with three snaps up the front.

The sign of an expensive jacket is the attention to detail. The textured fabric is used on a diagonal to match the shape of the jacket Up to 38" bust but marked size Ilie Wacs was a celebrated coat designer. He just passed away at age 86 in September , but he left "an indelible mark on the history of fashion. He was the head designer from through among the ranks of other great Originala designers Marc Bohan and Louis Dell'Olio. The kind of item that you will treasure in your closet.

I added the black satin sash belt A sash like this will make it look like the smoking jacket. A regular belt will make it look more like a coat or coatdress. Rhinestone belt for another look. Practically one size fits all! I was told this was worn by Miss California during the Miss America pagent.

It DOES look incredibly cute on, but seems a wacky story. Get out the slippers and black satin pants! This was likely a man's smoking jacket, but equally terrific for a woman. And because it's just a wrap style, will fit nearly everyone It can easily be worn large. Shown on a size 6 mannequin, she looks comfy, don't you think? I just tried this on myself, and I look damn good in it as well! I should never try anything on, as I wonder if I should just keep it.

Luckily the arms are way too long for me at 5'2" so I would need to tailor it, so The jacket is claret red with a gold circular brocade design.

It has black satin lining, lapel, and cuffs. The belt doesn't come with it Front pockets with black border. Excellent condition with just some very light scuff marks on satin and extremely minor pulls. I'm being extremely picky!!! Would make a great gift! Could even be used by a woman as an outerwear jacket because it will be big enough to fit a sweater underneath.

Check out the bodice first Strapless gown with matching chiffon scarf to be worn however you wish. I always like this look, but that's just me. The skirt on this gown is column shaped, not a wide flowing chiffon, so looks great on you smaller gals as it will not overwhelm you! Excellent condition probably just worn once. Back double zipper yes, very well made! The material has a lovely, ethereal quality.

Sadly it's a small size, but for those lucky gals, it's perfect! Labeled size 2, but sizes keep changing!! There is one issue OK, I have your attention so you won't think this is my normal perfect condition piece.

So your options are: You'll see this in the last 3 photos click on gown at left to see these. You'll see some water spot discolorations at the hemline, and harder to see is the skirt side that is lightly discolored down side. If you look at the 3rd photo of the side of the gown, you will see how light it is Meanwhile, this is obviously a fabulous color and fabulous strapless gown. LOVE the back velvet bows!!!! Would be listed for much more if perfect. Even Oscar De La Renta is going back to this theme!

Pair with a pink cardigan sweater and you can wear this to a wedding you'll look smashing! It's as beautiful as a peppermint!! Side double zipper yes, very well made! The material is a lovely weight satin. This will NOT overwhelm you! Can you tell I'm in love with it?? Do you hate to dress up for the Xmas party but still want to look smashing, yet comfortable??

Or are you the boss and want to remain professional at your company Holiday party? Or are you like me and you are just always cold, so want to be covered at the next Winter party? From the estate of the wealthy NYC woman comes this very wearable black tank top and matching cardigan covered all over with tiny black beads. This is the high-end black label Donna Karan. And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black.

BOTH items can be worn showing the beaded side, or with the labels removed, plain black side. Wear however you want. Wear to work with the black side showing and reverse for your evening! Any tiny tiny beads missing will not be missed. Think finest knitted silk. Will give a subtle glitter all over due to the black beads. Also Listed in the Furs, Etc. Black Tiny Beaded Camisole! From the estate of the wealthy NYC woman comes this very wearable black beaded camisole.

This came with the beaded cardigan and tank as you see above, but this cami has no label, so I have no idea if it's also a Donna Karan, but looks great with the beaded cardigan above. Excellent condition with just a bit of "messiness" at the straps with some missing beads. Just give it a little "haircut".

The back is stretchy to fit you properly, so this is meant to be worn with a jacket or sweater over I would say.

Closes at back with hooks and eyes like a longline bra. Even looks adorable OVER a blouse or even a t-shirt or turtleneck if you are fashion forward! You can find a few of these here and there, but this is by FAR the best looking one I've seen. The print is a "novelty" print with music notes, "Le Matin" newspaper a Parisian newspaper discontinued in , a large pipe, a vase with leaves A very similar dress even with the inverted pleats in the skirt is listed for sale in an advertisement in a Texas newspaper dated March 31, see photos.

Most people list these Holly Hoelscher shirtwaist dresses as "'s", but most, I believe, are from the early to mid 's. No surprise, as you can see and feel the quality of this silk and the construction with the sheer lining Balenciaga used linings like that!

Hidden buttons at front. I've said it before I will say it again I love whimsy in fashion. I love fun Moschino! I haven't ever seen this dress before. But the words, boldly printed in black, made the dress anything but simple.

Wear with a white trench jacket and you will be runway ready! This dress came from an estate of a wealthy NYC women who had only the best high-end pieces. Excellent condition with the most minor minor minor minor how many times do I have to write this for you to believe me spots on the white embroidery see photos.

These can probably be cleaned by drycleaner. Back photo is lightened to see back zipper. I love finding something I've not seen before and I've seen a lot of fashion! Gradient purple jacket features lightening bolts, nighttime cityscape, and incredible lucite bubble buttons that have tiny lightening scenes inside you will also see my 3 lights in the reflection!! Marked size 6 US. Up to 36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 27" long.

This coat is SOOO cool, as the neckline can be worn up in a modified funnel, or down with wide lapel. Closes with large snaps in doublebreasted shape. Excellent condition, except for what looks like a horizontal scratch at back see photo. As simple as design you can get, but from the era when Oleg Cassini was the King of Fashion. When he was so "hot" And then going on to become engaged to Grace Kelly. This was a man firmly smack in the middle of the most fashionable life of the 'ss.

This dress is perfection of simplistic design. Now if only this dress was in perfect condition All tiny, but there Priced to reflect condition. Extreme high-end fashion back to This dress is a fairly basic "secretary" dress in a blue and black silk print with unique rolled shoulders!! The black belt is just a black ribbon I used for show Or do whatever you want The elastic in the waist should be replaced if you are a smaller waist as it's all stretched out Excellent condition except for the extremely light and minor abrasions or fading in the silk see photos A laboratory and showcase for fresh design talent, Paraphernalia led a new epoch in fashionable New York.

Founder Paul Young chose a motley group for his original design team: In the later 60s, many more Paraphernalias opened. By then, most of the original designers had left the flagship store, and Paraphernalia franchise died out in the late 70s.

Diana Dew was best known for her electric dresses. This dress is highly collectible and desirable for the classic 's psychedelic print. I've seen quite a few Paraphernalia dresses that are pretty boring. All it needs is a plastic chain belt slung at the hips. The hem looks like it was shortened, but could be taken back down again. It WAS the s after all I hemmed up everything of mine too Extremely minor spots hidden in the design see photos. Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? I have to admit, I didn't know her name either, but just to give you an idea of her great wealth, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art MET in New York City inaugurated the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing to permanently house and exclusively devoted to 20th-century art.

During her long association with the museum, she was one of its single greatest benefactors. In addition, in she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon, and in , she was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Arts.

She died in I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces This one is a long pink and gold metallic brocade dress with brilliant sparkling!!! Simple design of almost achingly beautiful material. In near mint condition. Photo of that dress is shown on their online collection! Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!

Comes with COA from Antiquedress. Please read the description above. Yet another lovely piece, but has some issues. Just slightly tired waistband, and the skirt has some water spotting and a few other spots. Possibly cleanable by a high-end cleaner. Hand bound seams inside. Oh, the ivory Mainbocher blouse is available as well, but being sold separately One of the last dresses from the Dupont estate collection.

Simple shape design fitted square neck sleeveless bodice and slightly gathered long skirt with gorgeous woven gold, turquoise and teal "sari" design at lower skirt. Many of her gowns were designed with a similar look Mainbocher popularized the Indian sari fabrics in the s. In Excellent condition with the exception of one teeny little mark on the breast see photo and ever so slight fading?? Or just normal to the raw silk fabric.

And this dress is just another reason why. I am not usually an orange lover, but this one dress may have single-handedly changed my mind about that.

Love this sheer bold 60s print over an another sheer orange lining. High boat neckline, simple shape dress with the wide scallop hemline all ruffled with bows at the sides. Great little summer dress! This gorgeous, lavish s cocktail dress is an absolute eye popper and, I'm told, it came from the wardrobes of Paramount, however there are no labels inside. Certainly beautiful enough to believe it!

It has definitely been worn so MAY be found in a movie or two They really are incredible! This dress is heavy and as photographed all jewels and rhinestones are present one is loose and they are encrusted all the way around the upper rear of the dress.

The skirt is also covered along with rhinestones and glass beads a couple rhinestones missing on the skirt. In true Hollywood glamour, this cocktail dress is beautifully made with silk chiffon which beautifully compliments the huge sparkling prong set rhinestones. It is fully lined in silk. Replaced brown nylon zipper to the side. There are no main rhinestones missing although there are few 2mm wide ones missing from the edge which you will only see if you are staring.

The dress is EXCELLENT condition with the exception of the chiffon snags to the back upper skirt and upper back where the rhinestones caught on fabric when stored, and other snags here and there. The skirt also has a few seams that are slightly unstitched not a big deal at all! Silver snaps, safety pins, hooks, zippers with "O" ring pulls, and a few Swarovski crystals for good measure. It's a simple fix. So I didn't date this parasol I would have just written "Victorian parasol".

This parasol is the favorite one of mine. LOVE the floral embroidery all around the middle, the little pleated ruffle at the edge, and The condition of the embroidery is superb as is most of the silk.

As you can see from the interior shot, there is one slit in the silk and one small "hole" that looks more like a dirt smug from the exterior see photo , and one repair sloppy to one rib tip. There is slight satin wear mostly at the ruffle at top finial, but I'm being overly picky even mentioning that.

One first glance, this parasol is smashing Lovely hard-to-find embroidered Victorian parasol! I never open my parasols fully as I don't want to stress the fabrics, so I just leave it at that.

Also Listed in the Hats, etc. There are to my count 6 few small minor holes in the silk that are hardly seen due to the print fabric A couple impossible to find pinholes as well. Lovely bentwood black handle with some loss of paint with original black silk tassel. The finial seems to be missing as it looks unfinished at the top. I'm not a crafter, or seamstress, or restorer, but I know there are many of you who are, and I just couldn't resist offering up such a phenomenal piece of original French Gold Metallic Thread.

This is a huge 18" long skein and pulled very tightly about 6" around. The paper still has the gram stamp which equals over 2 pounds! There is no "Made in France" stamp, but it seems more than likely from the similar items I've seen.

This is fine top quality goods. Enough to last you a lifetime Ludinart, Rue Faubourg St. For those who don't know this label, it's only because you likely weren't around in the late 's. If you were, you'd know her. We know that from long articles in the prestigious New York Times covering Parisian fashions, including one from March 9, Ludinart always contrives to introduce some artistic touch and novelty A prolonged absence from Paris had made an outfit of some magnitude a necessity to this lady.

Ludinart an order for 65 dresses. Ludinart has a rare reputation for taste and good judgment. The variety of dresses in this fascinating trousseau seems as endless as they seem facile, for the great gift of Mme.

Ludinart is easy simplicity. Her styles and the outlines of her drapery - or the lack of such I had better say - one never dreads It is elegance and chaste refinement of the best and most ladylike skill. This gown is extraordinary in its simplicity. Plain but perfect ivory silk satin skirt with much fullness at sides and back with matching bodice with HUGE balloon sleeves and front bodice with surprise insets of matching ivory chiffon amazingly still all in tact!!

The wide waistband is attached to the skirt. I displayed with silk flowers at waist, but it originally was likely worn with fresh flowers as tiny chlorophyll stains attest!

Even the lining is nearly perfect! Slight messiness at under waist covered when worn. Tiny size at 32" bust, 19" waist bodice, 22" waist skirt, 39" long skirt from waist to hem in front, 42" long in back. This is either a very dark navy or black hard to know for sure silk top that is covered all over with tiny white beads, with asymmetrical neckline.

Just goes on over the head. Would have been worn over a simple black or again, midnight navy dress There is a wide "hem" and all that is beaded so there are plenty of extra beads if you need them. As it is, there is one small area at back waist that needs re-beading see photo. If your hips are at the 42" size or more, it will blouson up. If you are smaller, it will hang as you see. Excellent condition other than the few beads missing. Looks better in person with all that beading!!!

It was a voluntary program covering many consumer goods and was initiated by FDR. It was declared unconstitutional in Certainly one of those pieces you can imagine being worn by a movie star over a sexy slip dress. The sleeves aren't really sleeves, but this is more a cape with open sleeves. Only closure is a button at the neck and then the scarves toss over the shoulders to back.

Meant to be worn open to see the body. This would be so fabulous if not for the fact that there are light water stains and spots here and there.

I didn't steam the wrinkles out as I didn't want to worry about making any more water spots. If you wear it at night, you will hardly see anything wrong. If you wear it out in the daylight, you will see the issues. Will it clean up?

I have no idea Or just wear at night! I have been lucky enough to have found and sold a few other lace items from Maurice-Mayer, Paris, including a lace gown which you can still see from my museum archive pages at: They are all exquisite!! Obviously, this was top-of-the-line then The lining is a linen in mint condition.

Whether this is original or it was originally silk lined, I'm not absolutely sure. This same linen is even found under the cuffs. Hard to know for sure There are some very very minor darkening in some areas see the collar photos , but there is also slightly darker lace insets that are original. There are wool areas at the shoulders and down the back and front as well.

Will fit a size best. Also Listed in the Museum and Furs, etc Categories. This costume lace "Victorian" gown is one of the most beautiful costumes you'll find! This gown was worn by the infamous stripper and actress, Miss Gypsy Rose Lee in her last performance ever The gown is just beautiful. A heavy off-white lace over a pink lining with additional lace insets, mermaid flounced bottom, pointed lace cuffs and dotted Swiss lace yoke with high neck!

Extremely long metal zipper at the back. Gypsy was listed as being 5'8" tall, but she must have also been wearing heels as this is 63" long from shoulder to hem. This gown was designed to hug her body like a second skin. The gown is in Excellent condition with the exception of the dotted Swiss lace at the yoke and back neck which has tears and could be replaced, or ignored for display , or reinforced.

It was explained to me that "Movie white" is really an off-white as you see in this gown. Also Listed in the s Category as a costume. This is the one you've been waiting for These shawls are usually cream or black cotton netting but most often the hand applied silver metal pieces are sparse.

Then every so often you find one like this The silver metal is so dense, you can barely see any bare netting. The Art Deco geometric diamond design is found just at the top and bottom and a bit at the sides Tulle-bi-telli translates roughly as 'net with metal'. The shawls were made popular during the s with the discovery of King Tut's tomb and were made in Assiut, Egypt.

It is in excellent wearable condition with one small repair see photo and minor tarnishing here and there only really seen in bright light. I am looking at it now in evening indoor lighting and you see nothing but glamorous silver shine!!!

P araphrased from her granddaughter's webpage: Sadie Nemser sold her unique and original gowns in her New York shop and in quality department stores as did a few of her female designer contemporaries, Lucile designer, Lady Duff Gordon, and Marguerite "Madame Marge". The Nemser gown business was family owned with various relatives specializing in different areas of dress design, ie. Calvin Coolidge's Grace Coolidge show-stopping inaugural gown. Most all the exquisitely modeled silk flowers are still there and bright.

The lace is in Excellent condition with just extreme minor leg breaks. The dress doesn't come with the panniers, but is made for them I just stuffed for the photo. So you will need the correct undergarment.

The hem is currently down, so will need to be hemmed back up no big deal. As beautiful a c. Also Listed in the Museum Category. You get two-two-two pieces with his lot! The "Edwardian" I put that in quotes as it's more like c. The slip was custom made and I gotta say is beautifully done! No closures on the slip, just over the head. The dress has lovely crochet buttons up the back. There was one augmentation made to the back of the waistband with a bit of white cotton to give the previous owner extra breathing room The only other issue is one of the buttons is missing the center, but still works, Also Listed in the Wedding Section.

I know it's hard to find larger sizes in antique clothing, so I love to be able to offer them for sale! This one actually looks so much better on my larger sized mannequin, so I wouldn't suggest you be too much smaller than " bust, up to 40" waist, up to 45" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem. This is a straight dress which you can wear with a low slung belt or sash I show how that might look , or just wear tons of long beaded necklaces. If you look at all the photos, you will see that there are beads missing with the outline of where those beads were on the dress There are also some light areas of "dustiness" on the velvet see photos.

Most all the photos are lightened, so these aren't seen much. The sides have slight extra material for a bit of "kick". All in all, it's in good condition, not perfect.

But if you are looking for something to wear to your next Downton Abbey party Who was Albert Blake A. A major American manufacturer of copy machines and office supplies in the late 19th Century and the 20th Century.

Dick purchased the patent from his friend Thomas Edison. So was he wealthy??? This gown came from an auction lot at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago in the late 's. Incredibly the buyer purchased this gown, along with a wedding dress at the auction.

When they went to the cashier to pay, they were told that a steamer trunk came with the lot. That trunk was labeled A. The wedding gown from his marriage to Mary Henrietta Mathews will be going up soon. There was a daughter, Mabel, from Albert's first marriage to Alice S. So this gown was likely worn by daughter Mabel around age 18 later Mrs. Swan whom she married in Sheer dotted Swiss material with ecru silk ribbon interspersed and trimmed with wider ribbons and rosettes.

Lovely shoulder and sleeve cuffs shape!!!! Pigeon front, ruffled skirt, high neck, sheer yoke. Bodice is lined in white cotton, skirt is unlined, so will need a slip. The one I show with it is available, but it's a bit short, and not trained. Excellent condition with the exception of very minor silk ribbons shredding very minor Really in great condition. Perhaps the most beautiful upscale store in the world Google search the store.

Meanwhile, I have this unbelievable fully sequined black draped cocoon shape flapper coat with black velvet trim. Check out the shape. All sequins on a black silk base. There are area of sequins missing, and the silk has started to tear. So the price reflects those condition issues, but still you have to admit, this is pretty damn spectacular!

Damn, it's SO hard to read the info above the B. This beaded capelet piece isn't in perfect condition as you can see mostly from the discolored lining , but still not bad from the exterior. Gives a very interesting effect. The neckline is black chiffon torn at the edges , there are some black satin bows at collar as well. See the close-up photos to see a few leg breaks in the netting and a tear at the neckline which may have just been a missing bow.

Still a great piece of Parisian fashion from mid 's when the huge puffed sleeves needed the shorter capes. I've had this dress for quite a long time Because I just adore pink! And it's just so unique to find one of these "jumper" dresses Otherwise it's totally plain except for the tiny little embroidered knots edging the bodice and that exquisite wide gathered or smocked waist to hip band!!

The full skirt would likely have been worn with petticoats under to give it more volume. Excellent condition except for the old dirt marks from previous hemming or tucking of skirt. I used this dress under the Irish Crochet coat above. Not supposed to be worn to the ground I will be sad to see her go. She's like an old friend. The material feels great. Direct to this website from the relatives of a wealthy New York family! You know they were wealthy just from the quality of the goods if nothing else!

Black silk faille coat with black satin trim, soutache and embroidery on net, dangling tassels, and ecru Battenberg lace trim. Open the coat and the lace continues up both sides!! Not cheap coat would bother! There are slits on either side of the coat as well, so you know it was a Walking Coat for fashion Excellent condition with just slight darkening of the lace, and a bit of tearing of the silk lining.

The BEST thing about this woman??? She was a large size for her era, so it will FIT a human being today! Please look at the close up photos to see! Never seen anything like this before or since I purchased this piece many many years ago.

It's a boned bodice, like you would see in the s, but the fact that it is low cut and sleeveless is just making me wonder how this was worn. Perhaps worn over a balloon sleeve blouse LOVE the "sailor" satin tie at front Even the back is fabulous with the low "u" shape. The entire piece is covered everywhere in tiny black beads. I suppose worn with a black satin skirt. The photos aren't picking up the gold, but trust me! I have never seen any s sequin bolero this shiny and sparkling Sure it's on the classic black cotton netting that only the best s French beaded dresses used which has held up beautifully over the last years , but it's the shine of the gold sequins that is just so incredible.

And then there are little puffy gold metallic 3-dimensional centers to the sequin circles that just give it a little extra panache. Meant to be worn open as you see over usually a simple black 30s gown, but you can swear with anything. I wish you could see this in person to get the full effect. Oh wait, you CAN. If you buy it! You will not find a better one! I'm in awe of this fabric!!! Has to be one of the first and earliest uses of this "artificial silk" or "rayon" as it was later to be known as per history: In , because of high import tariffs, the British company Samuel Courtauld and Co.

So what possessed this woman to have her gown of this new fabric as opposed to silk???? Doesn't seem she was scrimping in price. Could it have been a gown designed specifically to show off the potential beauty of the new material??

I DO know that it's certainly a historically significant piece for that very reason I'm guessing it's those damn stamens from lilies! Oh and one heel tear on the lower skirt side see photo. Yes, I'm yelling this out at the top of my lungs so you can hear me! This dress looks like it was made yesterday it's so perfect.

OK, so you will need a slip under make yourself a variety of colored slips to wear under to change the look. White slip will hide the cutwork.

Black slip will highlight the cutwork. Nude will disappear under. And change the ribbon color doesn't come with any ribbon All you get is the dress Seems Harry Cooper's was "a beautiful ladies shop.

Beautiful store and beautiful merchandise. People used to walk down the boulevard and window shop". Also on Hollywood Boulevard was the glamorous and famous restaurant Sardi's, I. Magnin and, of couse, Grauman's Chinese Theater. This gown is in surprisingly great condition for a delicate light colored fabric!!! The only issues are that the rayon lining will need a bit of a shortening, and there are extremely minor spots around the hemline.

But WHAT a sweet s gown!!!! Pretty enough to wear for a summer wedding dress! This was probably meant to be worn ankle or calf length, but I show it to the ground as well.

Really Excellent condition with the few very very minor issues mentioned. Obviously the designer of this s top was totally influenced by a man's 18th Century embroidered vest. Never seen anything else like it! The velvet is a very soft silk velvet in the darkest brown you can find.

The embroidery looks even better in person and is embellished with beads, silver old flat sequins and silver cording. Lined in the sheerest silk organza you can imagine. I probably should have shown this over a black s gown as it would have been worn, but I guess I figure if you are a vintage lover, you would know how these were worn!

I have faith in your intelligence! AND I didn't want to photograph it again. Pretty, what I call "starburst", design of gold and silver sequins and beads. Ties at the front. The Made in France label usually means that these were created on cotton netting which have held up beautifully over the years.

This is one piece of a few going up soon. Black fine wool jacket trimmed in black embroidered velvet on the lapel collar and cuffs. The jacket itself has braided soutache design down the asymmetrical buttoned front, bust around, down the sides and down the back.

Excellent condition with just a bit of wear on the inside upper silk lining and the inside back of velvet collar Very Downton Abbey the early years Pair with a simple black tubular shape long skirt to create your own Edwardian suit. If you want to go formal This one has lovely black design at the short sleeves, otherwise it's just fully covered.

Meant to be worn open as you see. Shown on a 35" bust mannequin. Also Listed in the Today Section. Look at the interior photos to see the quality of the material, the seaming, and even the gold lame lining!!!

I would have loved to have seen the full gown, but this is all that remains. There is a problem at the front top waist area see photos which is torn, and there is one tiny hole at mid-back see photo. Otherwise, slight tarnishing or some gold loss to silver. Still great condition fabric to do with as you wish!

Simple, basic flapper dress that will be SO comfortable to wear to your next Great Gatsby event! All you need is a slip I don't want you to get arrested for indecent exposure and blame me! Nude colored slip will look Black will just give you a solid look, red will give you that "Titanic" Rose dress look, etc. I could go on. The 20s slips are a simple tube of fabric one side seam and then ribbons for straps. Goes on over the head. The back has ruffles at upper back and more tiered skirt Excellent condition with just one shoulder seam a bit messy..

You can get creative, or just sew the seam neater if you care. The material is slightly stretchy so comfy! And I'm not actually sure this was a maternity gown, but it just had that look when I put he on the mannequin, so The lace at high collar and yoke is also inset at the sleeves. The waistline is high empire as you can see with the original black satin waistband, bow and long streamers.

There is a bit of black velvet trim at the neck and above the white lacey cuffs. Closes with hooks as most Edwardian gowns. A lovely piece with a few minor issues. You can barely see any of the issues until you search due to the print.

Even when I point them out in the photos, I had to take extreme close-up photos of the issues! You'll need to re-sew the hooks at the back neck as well. Should take you all of 5 minutes. A lovely display gown or to wear carefully. I love when a fashionable piece so quickly evokes an era! This incredible bodice came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.

This was SOME wealthy woman! All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice! So rare to find!

Frankly, you think you have gone back in time and bought this new!! Killer gorgeous ruched sleeves, ruffled front and collar, gathered back all of yellow silk crepe!

This is all trimmed in a rich brown silk velvet at waist with large bow , neckline and the fantastic shrunken "bolero" and capped shoulder epaulettes!! Since this doesn't have a skirt, you could create one of brown velvet which would tie in beautifully I used to buy the most exquisite bodices, hang on padded hangers and use push pins in my bedroom wall to create a degree wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling museum!

If you want to start a collection, always buy the BEST you can afford in the best condition you can afford Not really wearable size for most modern women. This piece is delightful! And the beading, as you can see, is lovely gold beads with white, pink and light blue faux pearls. Masterful tailoring, but as with one of the other pieces from this estate, the beading is attached on a white braiding and then sewn on the garment.

So, it's possible the beading was added to the original piece STILL done at some early date, but perhaps added?? I've just not seen this before. Some of the beading is missing, and seems a bit unfinished at the back waist perhaps there was a bow or pin there.

But with all the high-end pieces from this estate Even the lining is in Near Mint condition Yup, this is what women wore to play sports: This is quite rare to find with the "sport apparel" label. It's a 3-piece outfit And the fact that no moths found this outfit for the past 90 years is awesome!! Dress of ivory silk top and gray tweed pleat front skirt.

Then comes the matching ivory silk blouson blouse with cufflinks. Then the matching gray tweed jacket. Dress does on over the head, no closures. A perfect museum piece for any "sports" exhibit. Or if you're like me Excellent condition all pieces! Only issue is the inner skirt bottom silk lining that is shattered. I could remove it and you'd never know it was there, but I will let you decide. There are lots of lovely s beaded dresses still around, but every once in a while I trip across one that sets my heart a flutter.

Sadly my photos don't do this justice as I can't seem to capture the exciting actual 3-dimensional design. Yup, the beading is built up in certain areas to create an extra dimension The beauty of that is you can choose whatever color appeals to you and with just a simple tube shaped underdress with ribbon straps simple enough for even the worse seamstress to make you can have a few different underdresses for variety.

I photoshopped the dress to show how it might look with black under, but would look great with red or blue, nude or gold Please check out the design elements in the close-up photos which includes Chinese temples, flowers, and weeping branches. Excellent condition with just a few lavender hued blue beads missing from around the armholes.

As you'll see if you click to see the additional photos The opening was at the scoop neck side rather than the deep "v" neck side! But if nothing else I am showing theirs as from a historic fashion perspective, it's fascinating! As they wrote in their description.. This is one of those antique pieces that you have to see in person to believe!!! You get LOST in the detail as it's layer upon layer of gorgeousness. It stars with an ecru Battenburg coat with slightly bell sleeves with matching ecru velvet cloud-shape outlined inserts here and there and a few grape clusters.

That alone is gorgeous enough, however, under that is a thin layer of pleated chiffon at front and under that, another flat layer of chiffon. Under THAT, or actually the lining, is an ecru and pink patterned silk of wheat sheaths design. The incredible beauty here is that the opposite side of the lining shows as pink and white through the sheer chiffon!!! And this shows though as a muted patterned pink through the Battenburg lace!! Seen especially at the cuffs. The inside is all trimmed in a daisy embroidered edge.

I could spend hours just looking at this piece! There are a few leg breaks in the Battenburg lace easy fix for a seamstress. Inside, there are some tears in the chiffon pleating, but not terrible. I'd love to see this go to a museum, or to someone who will stabilize the lining to keep this coat from being destroyed. It's just too fabulous to lose!! If perfect, this is worth SO much more! Also Listed in the Museum Section. You've gotta read the history of Philip Mangone who designed this coat!

Philip Mangone was born into a family of Italian tailors. His father immigrated into the United States and trained Philip at home, doing piecework that was commonly done by people in their homes.

As a teenager Philip went to work in alterations at B. He then worked for a variety of New York firms, in clothing construction and design. Mangone opened his business, Mangone Models, in By the s his coats and suits were being sold in over stores nationwide and were quite expensive. He was considered one of America's premier suit and coat designers until his death in Here's the wild part: Mangone traveled often to Europe to buy fabrics and to view the Paris collections.

In , upon his return to the U. Apparently he bought a jeweled mesh bag in Paris that he had not declared at customs. His biggest travel adventure happened in when he returned from Europe on the Zeppelin Hindenburg.

He was badly burned when the Zeppelin crashed and spent most of the next year recovering in hospitals. The first thing he did when released was to take a flight to Chicago, to prove to himself that he was still not afraid to fly. So this is one of his early pieces from the s. Black rayon crepe with rows of silver and magenta glass bugle beads that accent the collar and sleeves and form a decorative diagonal line from front to back.

The sleeves are accented with a deep band of cut-out latticework. Excellent condition with only a few beads missing Shown on a size 6 mannequin, and it's way big on her! Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Perhaps worn for graduation see the other graduation dresses etching from Or a for a portrait painting? Obviously owned by some young very wealthy girl you know I can just see her with the large satin ribbons on her hair and high button shoes! But as you probably already know, Irish Crochet lace garments were not cheap, so she would have been one lucky gal!

As it's Irish Crochet, it will give a bit. There are extremely minor leg breaks only a few - I show one so you can see how minor my even mentioning it! Just add a slip Another pretty and different Gibson Girl era white lawn dress! This one has a surprising almost sexy "off the shoulder" look with the wide boat neck off the very high, very lacy neck.

The detailing of the embroidery, Val lace and drawnwork is of a beautiful design throughout. I show it with and without a pink sash but it doesn't come with it.. You can just buy a simple colored ribbon to tie in front or back. Shown over a petticoat that doesn't some with it either. Too short anyway, but shows you if you use a nude or colored slip that you will see the detailing of the lace more! Here's another piece that will look purple in certain lights and blue in other lights, so I won't even bother to call it one or the other.

I love the design Always been one of my favorite looks in suits!!! Both the jacket and the skirt are riddled with small moth holes. You will see them here and there, and as you can see, there is just a bit of fading on one sleeve - though it's worse in the photo than in person. Oh, and one of the buttons has lost the faille, so will need to be recovered.

Lined in ivory silk. OK, I call this purple, and it is In other lights you will think I'm crazy and it will look blue! SO before you call me nuts, take the dress into various lights and I will be vindicated!

Whatever the color, it's great. Check out the close up photos to see the detail of the tiny hanging balls from the double hanging sash lined in a pink silk to match the very thin pink trim at the neck and sleeves. The major trim is blue lace in assymetrical design.

Ecru lace completes the look. No wide shoulders for this gown. Lined in cotton so it's in great shape inside and out. At first glance, this dress is killer, but sadly it has some issues.

There are beads missing there are thousands more still there! The double layered chiffon skirt top layer being hanging scarves has some spots and tiny holes and some discoloration. There is underarm discoloration as well, and one tiny hole at upper back middle. This dress can be worn, and none of the problems are overly distracting, but that's why it's priced accordingly.

Still you gotta love it!! These white cotton or linen dresses of the Edwardian era were called lawn dresses, or lingerie dresses, or "whites" Usually pink or light blue were the most popular, but you can make a statement with black, nude or just about any other color under you would like! This dress is one of those easily wearable ones Tiny crochet buttons up the back.

Excellent condition with just a slight "messiness" at back waist see photo. I've been holding on to this gown for years now I'm told it's a warp silk print.. Fantastic floral silk fabric. Spring green silk ribbons and bows. Sweet short puffy sleeves. Train every fancy gown should have one in my book! The original "apron" belt with rosette bow at front, large bow at back and inside lining pocket!

Shown on my size 2 mannequin and fits her. I can get measurements, but really this is one that belongs on display and not worn. It's in very wearable condition, I just prefer you don't "hurt" her! She is years old after all Up to 12 month layaway available. Only those who have seen the movie will appreciate this!! If you want to dress in the original vintage era dress, I have this beauty for you!!!! It could use a soaking to brighten it up to white, but it's in damn good condition otherwise.

I see two small spots, one upper bust, and one on shoulder. Lovely cutwork design all over front and back. Second layer skirt like tunic and empire waistline dates this to Closes at the back with tiny crochet buttons see photo. Those buttons could also use a good soaking But if you're gonna be THAT picky, you probably shouldn't be looking at something years old! Imagine how YOU are gonna look at that age!!!! The pink ribbon sash was just added by me doesn't come with it Otherwise if you are taller, you can always wear a longer slip under to match!

Because this is linen, it will hold up easily for another years!!!!! I usually don't sell children's clothes, but I just have to go for it! I bought this with not a second of hesitation! Probably from the WWI era, but I don't know for sure the exact dating Gotta love the embroidered red anchor on the one sleeve. The shorts have buttonholes inside the waistband.

The matching belt comes off, so nice to know it survived with the rest of the suit! It's a bit large for this boy mannequin, so hard for me to judge the age or size of little boys clothing, so please just go with the measurements.

Yes, it DOES look like a vintage circa s dress, and it fooled me at first look. However, after checking it out in person, I'd say it's a homemade dress from possibly the s or 50s due to the side metal zipper , possibly made as a s costume. So it's a vintage dress either way! But I'm including in this section of my website as it has that 20s look you might be seeking for an affordable price.

The velvet is very soft and bright! Wide shoulder straps are great for those of you, like me, want to wear a bra under. The skirt of this dress drapes up to a large hip swag.

Lined in a silky red nylon material. Here's your fashion history lesson for the day An "Eton Jacket" is: I don't know what the wide lapels have to do with it So this is a modified Eton Jacket.. Or just call it a bolero jacket if you prefer. Black silk taffeta with puffed sleeves.

Simple and basic wardrobe piece, however this one happens to be a bit more exciting due to the Oriental themed figural ecru brocade trim down the open front. You'll have to look at all the photos to see the details.

Wearable size of up to 35" bust shown on a 35" bust mannequin and 14" long from shoulder to hem. Lined in off-white silk. At first glance and feel, it's in Excellent condition inside and out.

However, if you look closely, you will see that the hemline of the bolero is worn, and one slit tearing at the seam on one shoulder. There are no closures duh making this an Eton.

Such a pretty little thing! The front is all white lace with the pink silk almost like a robe over! And if you are like me, you are thrilled when you find items that aren't the typical That was makes vintage so exciting So what do ya think of this one?? It's small though Measures: Now it's time for you to look at all the other photos The only issue with this dress is that there is some minor shattering to the taffeta waistband.

So, all you small gals Due to the length, it was likely a dress for a younger woman or teenager. But if you like it, just wear with high button shoes or boots and make the short length work for you! I found this for those of you who always wonder why I don't have items for those of you who aren't a size I just can't win!!!!! So I just have to go about my business and hope that the right person finds the perfect dress at the correct time. If you loo at the additional photos you will see that there is a long underdress with 2-tiered beading at the bottom.

And then a short fully beaded overdress which if you find another short slip you can wear as a short dress!!!! The underslip has a side inset that is a different color I don't know why , but it's unseen under the dress. I have to call it both blouse and bodice as it depends on what you decide to pair with it. You can modernize the look with modern separates, or wear it with a long skirt for the correct Turn of the Century look. This blouse is in Near Mint condition and in a wearable size!

Hooks up the back. The measurements are large, but you probably don't want to be that size, as it's best not to stress antique pieces I wish you could have been standing next to me when I was trying to figure out exactly how to wear this piece!! It's designed like a 's mantle which was a "retro" design in the 's! And then to make it harder, the interior is so beautiful, that it was hard to believe it wouldn't be seen when worn, so I kept trying to figure out how to wear it with the gold braid and smocking at neckline showing.

Unique to say the least!! Black silk chiffon is draped from the "nehru" collar and there is a slit for your arms to go through as you see. The hipline follows a typical s piece and you just gotta love the black velvet trim which just "pops" under the sheer chiffon.

There is no closure currently at the neckline, so I just added a rhinestone pin that doesn't come with it. The only issue to mention as I'm very picky as you probably already know , it that the velvet neck seems a bit unfinished or something.

Just seems like perhaps a replacement as it's more like black velvet ribbon that was formed into a collar Will fit just about anyone small-medium. Also called "Kapo Kantsink or Neversink Garments"!

I have been holding on to this for 12 years now Original came to me from a Maritime Collection estate sale. In researching, I found this original advertisement showing the exact time I have from a publication.

This gray pinstripe cotton canvas? You have to understand The material is used all the way around no satin back with back adjustable belt buckle and buttons down the front.. It's filled with vertical channels of "kapok", a specially treated vegetable fibre that can't puncture!

Excellent condition with just the tiniest issues. This is a wearable men's size Also Listed in the 's Section. I can't believe the condition of this gown! I doubt it was ever worn, and then it was stored in some amazing place that didn't allow for anything to harm it. You'd swear you went back in time to , except for one missing carved abalone button damn that one button!

The gown is 2-pieces. The bodice is trimmed in ivory lace at the neckline and cuffs. The skirt is shown over a bustle doesn't come with it and has nice bustle draping and silk floss fringe.

The hemline is fully pleated and has a "kilting" of magenta pleated satin peeking out from under the black satin - which, according to the expert - proclaims that this gown could not, under any circumstances, be worn for mourning. Actually this expert called this an "at home" gown or as we might know it today, a "hostess gown".

Though I'm not sure why it has that designation, nor why she would have such an expensive gown for "at home"! Unless she was SO damn wealthy that she bought her wardrobe from Pingat and Worth and Doucet and just had so many gowns that she didn't have a chance to wear them all!!

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