Willow Hilson Vintage

"Aubergine Pleats" Vintage 1940's Aubergine Taffeta Pleated Evening Dress UK 8-10 US 4-6

This truly incredible 1940's evening dress, rendered in a deep aubergine coloured rayon taffeta, is the perfect show stopping piece for your evening wear collection.  

The sweetheart neckline is framed by wide pleated shoulder straps, that set off the central gathered stitches along the décolletage, which is framed to either side by pleats along the bust-line. The fitted bodice draws the eye to the cinched in waistline, which is accented by a fitted curved hipline panel, from which the front detailed bustle joins the side seams in gathered pleats. The drape of the front bustle curves along the front of the hemline and is edged with a border of matching rayon taffeta in neatly miniature gathered pleats, creating a stylised scalloped design. The under-layer skirt of the dress is cut in a full circle and sits perfectly beneath the bustle. The back of the dress is accented by the curling pleated rayon taffeta edges of the bustle, that curve along the back of the hipline and drape elegantly towards to front of the dress. 

Label: None

Measurements Of The Dress

Armpit to Armpit: up to 36 inches

Shoulder to Hem: 57 inches

Waist: up to 27 inches

Hips: up to 54 inches

Shoulder to Waist: 15 inches

Size: UK 8-10 US 4-6

Condition: This dress is in near perfect vintage condition. There are areas of colour fading and variation to the rayon taffeta, this is due to prolonged exposure to sunlight and appears in some areas in a lighter more pink toned shade of burgundy. This is apparent along the right hand side of the hipline, the shoulder lines and in some areas of the main skirt. A few small pin holes to the bustle overlay. These minor issues are in no way apparent when the dress is being worn and only noticeable upon closer inspection. Please refer to the photographs, as they form part of the condition report.

Fastenings: This dress fastens along the centre back with a 15.5 inch metal zip and a hook and loop.

Washing instructions: This garment should be dry cleaned

Fabric: Rayon Taffeta 

Vintage garments have been previously worn and lovingly cared for, they may however have a blemish or two. Here at Willow Hilson, we try our very best to note all the details of each garment, although we may sometimes overlook things, which we do apologise for. Please do not expect perfection, unless stated so.

Please make sure you check all the measurements of the garment before purchasing. Vintage garment sizes are not the same as those of today. To ensure the best fit, we suggest you measure you favourite similar style garment and compare it to the measurements we have listed. All our measurements are taken whilst the garment is lying flat, we then double these measurements to reflect the actual size.

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