Willow Hilson Vintage

"Blue Botanical Leaves" Vintage 1940's Silk Beaded Botanical Dress UK 10 US 6


This truly spectacular 1940's silk dress in a two tone palette of ink blue set against a cream base, in a botanical pattern of trailing leaves, accented by silk beaded appliqués on a matching silk base, formed in the shape of leaves is a rare piece to behold. 

The soft sweetheart neckline is framed by pleated shoulder straps, embellished with double leaf appliqués, embellished with navy blue glass bugle beads along each yoke. The sleeveless cut, sets off the fitted bodice, which has a side zip fastening along the seam. The cinched in waistline, is set off by the most incredible pleated side swag, that drapes along the left hand side hip-line in a Demi-circle design, with a central larger leaf appliqués, which is embellished with glass bugle beads, to match those along the yokes. The bias cut of the skirt, completes this magnificent dress in a timeless silhouette.  

Label: Original by Miss America New York 

Measurements of the Dress

Armpit to Armpit: up to 36 inches

Shoulder to Hem: 44.5 inches

Waist: up to 28 inches

Shoulder to End of Sleeve: 4 inches

Hips: up to 44 inches ( on the bias)

Shoulder to waist: 15.5 inches

Size: UK 10 US 6

Closures: This dress fastens to the side with a 13.5 inch metal zip and a hook and eye.

Condition: This dress is good vintage condition. Very faint yellowing to the silk beneath the armholes. This dress appears to have been let out at some point, as the well trained eye can see small pin holes where seams used to be. A few very light and faint age marks concealed within the side swag pleats and drape. Three age marks along the back of the dress just beneath the waistband. These issues are well concealed within the abstract print, and are not noticeable when the dress is being worn, but apparent upon inspection. 

Washing instructions: This garment should be dry cleaned or hand washed in cool water.

Fabric: Silk, glass beads, 

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. 

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