Vintage Blue Party Dress Rhinestone Belt 1930s
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Directory: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1940: Item # 403513
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Besides being a luscious color, this antique ballerina-length dress from England has a wonderfully flattering shape. Cut mainly on the diagonal, it flows easily over the body and its wide skirt and the lacy bell sleeves flutter gracefully. There are many elegant "dressmaker" details, too, both front and back (which are hard to capture in photographs). I'm no specialist in textiles, so can't identify the fabric, but it's woven in a shadow stripe, blue-on-blue, and has a beautiful drape. There's a matching fabric belt with a gorgeous rhinestone two-part buckle that's a work of art valuable in itself.
The waist-skimming princess style of the dress makes it very forgiving, size-wise. It would look good on anyone from a size 2 to around 8, simply fitting more loosely if you're smaller. (I've worn it on a couple of special occasions and it didn't swallow me, although I'm a 2; the belt just settled at the hipbone, rather than my waist.) Actual measurements are about 36 inches at the bust, 32 inches at the waist, 17 inches at the shoulders and 48 inches in total length. The belt is currently 28 inches long, but can be shortened with just a few stitches, if you want a tighter fit.
Blue, as you know, is fashion's favorite color this year, so there couldn't be a better time to choose this beauty. While understated enough for a daytime wedding, it's also dressy enough for a prom or any evening occasion that doesn't require a full-length formal gown. Condition is lovely, with no problems I've noticed.
Thanks for looking!