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BARBRA STREISAND

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CHER

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BOB
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CAROL
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LIZA
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ANITA
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FRAN
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# 6330 - 1960's PARAPHERNALIA Gold Brocade Lame Micro Mini Dress!  I would have killed for this dress back in the 1960's!!!  Oh hell... I STILL love it.  Guess the teenager in me is still alive in my mind.  I used to rip out pages from the Vogue magazines and created a scrapbook of my favorite looks.  This would have been the ultimate!! Frankly if it fit me, I would probably wear it...even though I might not look like what I think I look like in my mind at my 60 years of age. (what a sentence!! :)  I'm hoping some lovely young thing buys and wears this.  It deserves to be seen..... even at a Hollywood or NYC event!  Huge balloon sleeves.  Milkstone buttons on cuffs.  Low scooped neck.  Back zipper.  Measures:  up to 33" bust, up to 26/27" waist, 16" long from waist to hem.  Excellent condition on the exterior, the lining has some discoloration (see photo). If you don't know Paraphernalia, you SHOULD!  Research it!  It was "THE" 1960's Mod, Hip, Trendy US shop.  Per New York Magazine:  "It was in 1965 that the mini arrived, as if from outer space, and it touched down in New York in a spaceship-sleek boutique called Paraphernalia on the corner of 67th and Madison.  Once British entrepreneur Paul Young opened his doors and installed a go-go girl in the window, fashion would never be the same."  Fans of the shop included Julie Christie, Marisa Berenson and Twiggy. NEW LISTING! 

$ 645.  
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Approx. - SIZE 0/2-4
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# 4789 - c. 1990s OSCAR De La RENTA Pink and White Silk Chiffon Gown with Matching Scarf!  Yikes!  So fantastic!  Check out the bodice first... ruched like you might see on an old Jean Desses, but with that diamond shaped cutout at the center more like Bob Mackie!  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!) with chiffon snaps over to hide.  The material has a lovely, ethereal quality. Measures:  31" bust, 23" waist, up to 36" hips, 40" long from waist to hem.  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... one spot on the front that I show in the last photos.. if for any reason it doesn't come out, just tack down the pleat and it's gone (I show one photo with the spot, and the next photo without the spot).  :)   Poof!   IN TRIBUTE!

$ 425.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 11107 - c. 1980's OSCAR de la RENTA Chartreuse Green Satin Ballgown Trimmed in Black Velvet!  OK.... PAY ATTENTION TO CONDITION. OK, I have your attention so you won't think this is my normal perfect condition piece.  It LOOKS to be perfect, and it's certainly gorgeous, but sadly there is discoloration on the skirt.  So your options are: 1) you don't care, you love it enough to deal with it. 2) you will wear it in a dark evening so no one will notice.  3) you are the kind of person who can figure out how to redesign or cover with appliques or tulle or chiffon overlay to make it disappear.  4) You are a master at cleaning garments.  5) You are great at re-dying so this can be put back to perfection.  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... but it's there... and I want you to know.   Meanwhile, this is obviously a fabulous color and fabulous strapless gown. LOVE the back velvet bows!!!! Measures:  35" bust, up to 26" waist, 45" long from waist to hem.  Would be listed for much more if perfect.   THIS EXACT SAME GOWN IS LISTED FOR SALE FOR $1,950 ON ANOTHER WEBSITE.     IN TRIBUTE!

$ 485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 4790 - c. 1990s OSCAR De La RENTA Pink and White Horizontal Stripe Satin Gown!  If you look at the Spring/Summer 2013 fashions, you will notice horizontal stripes EVERYWHERE!  Even Oscar De La Renta is going back to this theme! I would LOVE to fit into the gown (I have a similar one in white that I wear whenever I need a fancy gown without going over the top!).  Pair with a pink cardigan sweater and you can wear this to a wedding (you'll look smashing!), or gala it up with jewels and go to any gala ball!  It's as beautiful as a peppermint!!  Excellent condition (probably just worn once).  Side double zipper (yes, very well made!).  The material is a lovely weight satin.  Measures:  31" bust, 24.5" waist, 40" long from waist to hem.  Sadly it's a small size, but for those lucky gals, it's perfect!  This will NOT overwhelm you!  Can you tell I'm in love with it??  Labeled size 2, but sizes keep changing!!    IN TRIBUTE!

$ 625.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 00 or 0
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# 11392 - 1990's GIORGIO ARMANI (Black Label), Made in Italy Black Crepe with White Soutache Hooded Jacket Lined in Cashmere(?)!  Wear 4 ways!  From the estate of the wealthy NYC woman comes this very wearable black wool jacket with attached hood.  This jacket is the high-end black label Giorgio Armani.   This NYC woman had ONLY the best high-end labels.  And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black.  This jacket is likely a silk black crepe covered all over in the white soutache and what feels to be a thick cashmere lining at the hood and mid jacket.  The sleeves are lined in great feeling silk satin, but seem to have some batting inside for some warmth. A great Autumn jacket.  The jacket can be worn with hood up, hood down, hood turned down on one side, or the hood totally down to created a wide lapel effect.  Closes with large buttons in doublebreasted shape.   Excellent condition, except for what looks like a very small area wear the woman may have worn a pin... every so slightly seen (see photo).  A simple Giorgio Armani hooded windbreaker coat sells for $ 3,795 today.  This soutache jacket would have sold for thousands More!! Measures: up to 46" bust, up to 47" hips, 22" long from shoulder to hem.  Very boxy shape.  Long sleeves of 26" long outside length from shoulder can easily be worn rolled up (looks great that way as well for us shorter gals).  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Furs, Etc. Category.

$ 1,685.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4-8 (depending what you wear under)
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# 11400 - 1990's DONNA KARAN (Black Label), Made in Italy Black Tiny Beaded Tank Top with Matching Cardigan!  BOTH ITEMS REVERSIBLE!!! 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?  Ta Da!  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.  This NYC woman had ONLY the best high-end labels.  And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black.  AND REMARKABLY...  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!  Excellent condition. Any tiny tiny beads missing will not be missed.   A SEQUINED Donna Karan cashmere twin set sells for $2800 today!!!  This duo FEELS as soft as a cashmere, but I thought it was the finest wool, however the label reads 100% silk.  Think finest knitted silk. Will give a subtle glitter all over due to the black beads.  Measures: 22" long from shoulder to hem.   NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Furs, Etc. Category.

$ 685.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 7665 - 1985/1986 Black Strapless Glitter Gown Worn by Actress Esther Williams!  A black silk crepon (sheer, but lined) strapless sheath custom made gown for Esther Williams.  Embellished with gold glitter and silver glitter dots with long side slits.   The label reads "Esther Williams"... seems that these were sewn into many of her personal garments.  Provenance:  From the Estate of Esther Williams.  Sold at Julien's Auction (you will see a photo of Esther Williams in a similar aqua glittered silk gown of this exact same shape at a Barbara Mandrell concert after party on February 27. 1986 at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Universal City, CA).  The auction also had two other glittered gowns of the same shape (one in light blue and one in light green) that have the same label inside....so even though I currently haven't found any photos of Esther in this gown, it's a pretty solid provenance. Seems she had at least a few of these made of various colors. They are a simple tube shape with elastic at the top.  She wore them with sheer matching jackets, or stoles over.. with loads of diamonds (of course!).  I added the black sash, and it would have been worn with something at the waist (as there is a waist seam), but not sure what Esther wore with it. Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 40" waist, up to 42" hips, 38" long from waistline to hem, 21" long slits on either side of the skirt. 2 small patches of velcro inside the bodice to attach to strapless bra to make sure it stays put.  Love the deco design of the glitter!  Excellent condition except that the elastic needs to be replaced inside the bodice.  Not a difficult job. Sold for $640 at the auction.  If I find a photo of Esther in this gown, the price will go up!  NEW LISTING!  Final Sale Movie/Memorabilia piece.  Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category.  

$ 585.  
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Approx. - SIZE 10
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[ORDER ITEM - #11375]
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# 11375 - 1966 HOLLY HOELSCHER "This is your Calif. Shirt Dress" Shirtwaist Silk Print Dress Sold at Neiman Marcus!  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 1944), a large pipe, a vase with leaves... all in a gorgeous scarf silk fabric "boldly barraged" with colors of fuschia, green, tan, wine, goldenrod and dark gray. 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, 1966 (see photos).  Most people list these Holly Hoelscher shirtwaist dresses as "1950's", but most, I believe, are from the early to mid 1960's.  The original price in 1966 was $125.  That equals nearly $900 in today's money!!!  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!).   Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, full hips.  NOTE:  the original belt is missing, so I just added one, but it doesn't come with it. Excellent condition.  Hidden buttons at front.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 425.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #11397]
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# 11397 - 1995 MOSCHINO Couture, Made in Italy "It's All So Simple" Black Tank Dress!  I've said it before... I will say it again.... I love unique.  I love whimsy in fashion.  I love fun Moschino!  I haven't ever seen this dress before.  But I did find a New York Times article from Oct. 11, 1995 reviewing the Moschino fashion show where it was written:  "A white shift dress bearing the legend 'It's all so simple' was covered with a black trench jacket.  But the words, boldly printed in black, made the dress anything but simple." So obviously this dress came in white as well as this black.  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. Ah... it's all sooooo simple to decide you want this dress!! :)  Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 37" hips (tops), 33" long from shoulder to hem.  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.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 465.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 7713 - RARE 1990's MOSCHINO, Cheap & Chic, Made in Italy "ENERGY" Lightening "Glow in the Dark" Jacket with Reflective Material!  I love unique.  I love whimsy in fashion. I love finding something I've not seen before (and I've seen a lot of fashion!).  Here it is.... Moschino Cheap & Chic jacket which is fabulous enough in regular light.... but if you turn out the lights and photograph with a flash.... you will be amazed!!!  The Moschino word in the front, and the Energy word at back are created with reflective material and will GLOW IN THE DARK (see below)!!!!   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)!!  Excellent condition. Wow your friends! :)   Marked size 6 US.  Up to 36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 27" long.   NEW LISTING! 

$ 785.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #11395]
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# 11395 - 1990's GIORGIO ARMANI (Black Label), Made in Italy Black Neoprene Funnel Neck Coat!  Oh yeah!  So I was trying to research this coat and found that the much less expensive Armani Collezioni line currently has a black neoprene coat with stoveneck or funnel neck coat which SOLD OUT at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom for $1,895.  This coat is the high-end black label Giorgio Armani and may have cost more like $5,000.  This coat came from an estate of a NYC woman who had ONLY the best high-end labels.  And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black.  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.  Labeled size 42, but fits me perfectly and I wear about a 4/6 (I measure a busty 34/28/38), 40" long from shoulder to hem and it works great for my 5'2" height... the sleeves aren't too long!!!  Pockets.  Excellent condition, except for what looks like a horizontal scratch at back (see photo).   NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Category.

$ 1,485.  
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Approx. - SIZE 2-6 (depending what you wear under)
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# 4334 - late 1950's PEDRO RODRIGUEZ, Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Spain Purple Textured Silk Bubble (Watteau) Back Mermaid Gown!  OMG..... this is the kind of gown I dream about finding.  You know... the unique shape of a fashion forward gown of the late 1950s.  I would have thought this to be a Balenciaga, but it's from another high-end Spanish designer, Pedro Rodriguez. I'm speechless!!! Really!!!  Check out all the photos to see the shape from all angles. Heavy textured silk (like a unique and wild corduroy) which gives the appearance of a changeable color (due to the texture).  The shape includes a horizontal seam under the bust, the balloon draping at back, tight skirt with scallop at front hem and a stiffened mermaid fish tail. Back zipper (had been professionally replaced), and there are discoloration at the underarms (see photos), otherwise Excellent.  Measures:  35" bust, up to 25.5" waist, up to 35" hips best (fits 36"), 55" long from shoulder to hem in front.  MUSEUM WORTHY... WITHOUT QUESTION!  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 2,850.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4
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AUTHENTIC - JOAN RIVERS
Personal Outfit


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# 7353 - c. 1990's GIORGIO ARMANI Mini Checked Rayon Skirt and Blouse "Dress" Worn by Joan Rivers This outfit came from the old StarWares shop.  For those of you who don't know about Star Wares Collectibles, they consigned many celebrities items.   In an LA Times article written in 1992: "When Cher cleans out her closets, she calls Star Wares and we pick the items up directly from her home in Malibu.  Star Wares owner Marcia Tysseling, who opened the shop, said her career in star clothing began when she worked for "Ms. Clothing" herself, Joan Rivers.  Rivers, who warned that there are plenty of fakes in the celeb wear business, said Tysseling's shop carries only the genuine article. 'If she said this or that belonged to a certain star, then by God it belonged to them,' said Rivers."  So.... even though I don't have a photo of Joan Rivers wearing this particular outfit, from Joan's lips, she guarantees that it's hers due to the attached label.  Originally listed as $350 and reduced to $250 (so $350 according to the inflation calculator would be about $525 today... just FYI ).  As you know, Armani black label was the most expensive, so this cost a pretty penny and more than $350 when new.  I only had two pieces from Joan Rivers.  One has already sold.  This is the other.  Obviously would have been worn with a belt but I didn't want to decide what kind of belt... rather let you decide. Tiny mini-checks of tan and black looks solid from afar.  Excellent condition with just a few very very very tiny pulls... see one close-up at the skirt pocket.  There are only a few of these. Shoulder pads. Measures:  25" waist, up to 38" hips.  Have a piece from Joan Rivers closet in your closet to remember her by.  She was a comic genius.  Taken too soon.  And I am pricing as I would if she was alive... I do not like to profit from a death.   NEW LISTING!  Final Sale Movie/Memorabilia piece.  Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category.  

$ 685.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2
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# 7613 - c. 1950's OLEG CASSINI Black Lightweight Wool Dress!  As simple as design you can get, but from the era when Oleg Cassini was the King of Fashion.  When he was so "hot".... he was appointed by Jacqueline Kennedy as her exclusive couturier in 1961! Yup.... designer to the First Lady. 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 1950's-1960s.  This dress is perfection of simplistic design.  Click on the photos to see the seaming of the very wide waist, the lovely "u" neckline, the large decorative mother-of-pearl buttons, the 3/4 length sleeve (perfect for wearing gloves or showing off your bracelets), a couple gathers at the waist skirt. Now if only this dress was in perfect condition.....  but alas.... there are a few minor moth holes here and there. All tiny, but there... and the metal zipper up the back is a bit "wavy". But still..... a dress to be cherished and fashion designers of today to take note of the era when women were sexy and classy.  Measures:  up to 34" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 36" hips, 26.5" long from waist to hem with 3" hem.  NEW LISTING!   Priced to reflect condition.

$ 185.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 11367 - c. 1960's (?) CHRISTIAN DIOR Boutique, Paris, Made in France Raspberry Colored Mohair Double-Breasted Suit!  This suit is so classic, I really don't know the era. 1960's? Could pass for anything from 1950's (but has a short skirt, so seems more 1960s and doesn't seem to be the cheaper Dior 80s pieces made in the USA) to today.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of bright raspberry in an OH SO SOFT Mohair!!!  Double-breasted with twisted braid buttons, decorative patch pockets, nicely tailored at back seams for a perfect fitted shape.  Fully lined in matching silk.  Labeled size 36/8/34/4 (France, UK, Germany, US).  Excellent condition.  Measures:  up to 32-35" bust (35" is snug), up to 25" waist, up to 36" hips, 18" long skirt, 23" long jacket.  Gorgeous all around! NEW LISTING!  

$ 785.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 0/2, perhaps a small 4
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# 11277 - c. 1980's BALENCIAGA, Paris, Made in France Blue Silk Print Dress!  Balenciaga. You SHOULD know this name.  Extreme high-end fashion back to 1937. 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... you will want to get a classic 1980s black belt about this width to look proper for the era.  Or do whatever you want... don't listen to me! :)  Measures:  up to 42" bust, up to 36" waist (elastic!), up to 40" hips.  The elastic in the waist should be replaced if you are a smaller waist as it's all stretched out... though if you are wearing a belt, it won't matter much.  Excellent condition except for the extremely light and minor abrasions or fading in the silk (see photos)... hardly seen unless you are looking for imperfections.  That's my job. Marked size 38... which is supposed to be US 6... but seems larger to me.    NEW LISTING!  

$ 185.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10 (check hips)
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AUTHENTIC - Fran Drescher Worn


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# 11354 - c. 2000's AIDAN MATTOX Niteline Bright Lavender Silk Gown with Brilliant Rhinestone Circles and Extreme Back Worn by Fran Drescher!  I don't like to sell items that are this new... unless they came to me from some "Star" as this did.  I still don't know where Fran Drescher wore this gown... it was just one of the pieces in her closet that she was willing to part with.  According to the information, this was worn to "A Personal Event".  So... I guess, indeed, it was personal as I can't get the answer as to where it was worn.  Oh well.... You may not even care.  You may just look at the gown is say to yourself... "Damn, I would look incredible in that!".  And if you are 36/37" bust, up to 33" waist (bias), up to 43" hips (again bias so it will look good on anyone smaller than that as well!  Just hugs whatever curves you have). Also, if you are larger than this mannequin (35/25/36) the gown will be a bit shorter than the 64" in front - 66" in back.  Fran must have worn damn high heels or platforms with this! GORGEOUS color.  Sexy as hell.  Flows like... well like SILK!  This will flutter when you walk. Slightly trained.  There is a molded bra inside the bust so you won't need one.   Excellent condition.  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Fran Drescher Category.  Final Sale Movie/Memorabilia piece.  NOTE: All Fran Drescher's proceeds will go to her charity Cancer Schmancer.

$ 425.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6/8, perhaps 10
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# 11365 - c. 1980's THIERRY MUGLER, Paris, Made in France Fuschia Colored Worsted Wool Jacket with Bows and Original Belt!   OK... I love Thierry Mugler jackets.  The ones from the 1980s... like this one.  With exaggerated high puff shoulder sleeves, keyhole peek, bows at front and cuffs, snap front, original skinny belt and unique tailoring.  Just awesome!!!   Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 43" hips.  Best to be smaller than the measurements as these fit fit (that makes sense to me... I hope it does to you).  In near mint condition.  Can't find anything wrong. KILLER color and shape!!! Labeled size 38.  For those of you who are more knowledgeable than me... you will note that the labels are slightly different in the 80s Mugler pieces (with the thinner typeface and straight bottom "g") ... that can help date them even more exacting.  Sadly, I don't know when the label typeface as changed.   :(  If you know... please educate me!  NEW LISTING!  

$ 585.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 11366 - c. 1980's THIERRY MUGLER, Paris, Made in France Navy Jacket with Silver Lattice Snaps in "Poet Sleeve" Shape!   OK... I love Thierry Mugler jackets.  The ones from the 1980s... like this one.  With ewide sloped shoulders, long "poet" full sleeves, uniquely shaped cuffs, very fitted shape, serpent shaped lapels, side vents, and unique Mugler tailoring.  This is a dark navy, but I lightened the photos so you can see the detail. Feels like silk, but it's a polyester (nothing like the new cheap crap... this is high quality fabric).   Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 43" hips.  Best to be smaller than the measurements as these fit fit (that makes sense to me... I hope it does to you).  In near mint condition.  Can't find anything wrong. Unlined.  Labeled size 38.   NEW LISTING!  

$ 285.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 7681 - c. 1960's DIANA DEW for Paraphernalia Multicolored Psychedelic Cotton/Linen (I assume) Minidress!   In September 1965, the very first Paraphernalia opened in New York on Madison Avenue between 66th and 67th streets. 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: Betsey Johnson, Deanna Littel, Carol Friedland and Joel Schumacher. Later came Michael Mott, Elisa Stone, and Diana Dew. British designers were also featured in the boutique, such as Mary Quant and Foale & Tuffin. Fans of the shop included Penelope Tree, Julie Christie, Marisa Berenson and Twiggy.  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.  Extremely rare... even without the battery pack, one of her electric dresses for Paraphernalia is available on another website for $5,000!   This dress is highly collectible and desirable for the classic 1960's psychedelic print.  I've seen quite a few Paraphernalia dresses that are pretty boring.  This is not!!!  All it needs is a plastic chain belt slung at the hips.  Back metal zipper. Measures:  up to 33" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 35" hips.  The hem looks like it was shortened, but could be taken back down again.  It WAS the 1960s after all....  I hemmed up everything of mine too.... the shorter the better!!! :)  Extremely minor spots hidden in the design (see photos).   NEW LISTING!  

$ 485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 11329 - c. 1950's MAINBOCHER, Inc. Ivory Silk Organdy Appliqued Net and Embroidered Gown! From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Museum Worthy!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description below.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.  This is my favorite!!!  I adore it!!  Fitted hourglass bodice with dropped waist and full skirt.  Beautifully decorated with same color ivory floral appliques on organza and netting.  The back is just as beautiful as the front.  Meant to be worn over petticoats (not included... but I photographed with petticoats under).  Side metal zipper.   Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 41" at hipline seam, 41" long from natural waist to hem. Excellent condition but will need professional cleaning as it's darkened from years of dust.  I'm quite sure the proper cleaner can bring this back to it's original ivory glory!!!   Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com. NEW LISTING!  

$ 2,850.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 11325 - c. late 1960's MAINBOCHER, Inc. Pink and Gold Lurex Brocade Long Dress with Brilliant Rhinestone Buttons!  From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Museum Worthy! 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 1987 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. That's wealthy!!!  In addition, in 1972 she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon, and in 1992, she was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Arts.  She died in 1984.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   This one is a long pink and gold metallic brocade dress with brilliant (sparkling!!!) multi rhinestoned buttons down front, two patch pockets, self belt and notched collar.  Simple design of almost achingly beautiful material.  In near mint condition. Measures: up to 40" bust, 34" waist, up to 44" hips, 55" long from shoulder to hem. NOTICE:  The SAME EXACT DRESS is in the MET Museum!!  Photo of that dress is shown on their online collection! So... when I say "Museum worthy"... I mean it!  Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com.   NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the Museum Category. 

$ 2,185.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 11327 - c. 1960's MAINBOCHER, Inc. Light Blue Floral Silk Matelasse Fabric 2-piece Gown!  From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description above.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.  This is a 2-piece gown (though needs to be worn with both pieces) of a feather lightweight silk matelasse fabric of a beautiful soft floral design in pastel blues and lavenders.  The tight neckline would be lovely with a triple strand of pearls (and every Mainbocher woman would have them!).  Metal zipper on the top piece.  Plastic zipper on the dress.  Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 40" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition with very minor underarm discoloration... which you aren't really sure if you are seeing it, or it's just the print... as it blends in, but look at the photos so you see what I mean.   Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com. NEW LISTING!  

$ 885.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 11328 - c. 1960's (Attributed to) MAINBOCHER Rose Colored Butterfly Print Dress with 3-D Butterfly Appliques!  From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description above.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   This one sadly doesn't have the label, but all the other pieces were Mainbocher, and this certainly seems to be.  A lovely, lovely dress of a butterfly print with 3-Dimensional butterflies on self-belt and on the cross-front neckline.  Side metal zipper.  Pockets in gathered skirt.  I'd love to say this is in perfect condition... but alas... there are underarm stains, one spot on the bodice, and barely seen other stains (one water spot on skirt and one tiny mark on skirt). One side has been taken in (extremely well done... you'd never know except for the seam marks seen on the fabric inside) and the skirt has been hemmed up from the original length.  Measures: up to 35" bust, 28" waist, 23.5" long from waist to hem (3" additional hem).  Look at the last 6 photos to see issues. Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!  Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com.NEW LISTING!  

$ 685.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 11330 - c. 1960's MAINBOCHER Gown of Brown Velvet Bodice and Textured Silk Brocade Skirt From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description above.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   This one, sadly, isn't in perfect condition.  The brown bodice velvet has almost a paper "crunch" feel and sound.  There must be a name for this material!  Paper velvet?  Anyway, because it's "crispy", it has tiny tears at the edges of the armholes and a slightly larger tear at the midpoint of the neckline (see photos)... probably caught up on Lila's massive diamond necklace! :)  Also, the back shows seam marks in the velvet where it was enlarged.  Could be sewn back to original size to hide any issues there.  But please look at the photos of the bodice to see that there are two large patch pockets over each breast... too dark to see in this photo!  The bottom half of this gown is a gorgeous blush and gold textured brocade.  Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!  Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com. NEW LISTING!   Priced to reflect condition.

$ 585.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 11332 - c. 1960's MAINBOCHER Skirt of Flocked Satin!  From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description above.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   Yet another lovely piece, but has some issues.  Look at photos to see the bleeding of the pink onto the ivory satin here and there and a few dirt spots.  Now make a sad face (like I did when I first saw that it wasn't perfect).  If you don't mind, it's so lovely.  Hot bright pink with a pale golden yellow.  As you can see from the photos, it's a brushed flocked material.  The skirt was hemmed up at some point, and the lining is also stained/discolored(see photos).   Oh, the ivory Mainbocher blouse is available as well, but being sold separately... that has issues as well.  Skirt measures: 32" waist, 26" long.  Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!  Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com. NEW LISTING!    Priced to reflect condition.

$ 395.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 11333 - c. 1960's MAINBOCHER Skirt of Printed Lavender and Ivory Silk! From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description above.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   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. Nicely tailored.  Hand bound seams inside.  Oh, the ivory Mainbocher blouse is available as well, but being sold separately... that has issues as well.  Skirt measures: 32" waist, 40" long.  Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!  Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com. NEW LISTING!   Priced to reflect condition.

$ 395.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 11331 - c. 1960's MAINBOCHER Sleeveless Blouse of Ivory Silk! From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? Please read the description above.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   Yet another lovely piece, but has some issues. Possibly cleanable by a high-end cleaner. As you will see, there are wide underarm rings.  Self covered buttons down front.  Nicely tailored.  Hand bound seams inside.  Oh, the Mainbocher coordinated skirts are available as well, but being sold separately... they have issues as well.  Blouse measures: up to 42" bust, up to 37" waist.  Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!  Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com. NEW LISTING!   Priced to reflect condition.

$ 295.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 9351 - c. late 1950's/ early 1960's RUTH VARLAN, Jo Robinson, Delaware Blue Raw Silk Gown with Woven Gold "Indian Sari" Design!   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 1950s.  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.  Still a 9.8 outta 10.  Measures: up to 39" bust, 17" from shoulder to waist (long waisted - or room for ample breasts), 40" long from waist to hem.   Back metal zipper.  Lined in a OH so SOFT silk!  Feels great.   

$ 275.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 7686 - c. 1960's The ANNE FOGARTY Room, Lord & Taylor Orange Print Dress with Ruffled Scalloped Hemline!   Wow... Anne Fogerty was special enough to have her own ROOM at Lord & Taylor back in the 1960s!  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.  Excellent condition. Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 3" hips,  36-39" long from shoulder to hem.  Great little summer dress!  

$ 345.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 11326 - c. Fall 1964 (?) MAINBOCHER, Inc. of Fine Ivory Scottish Wool Crepe Gown with Sparkling Rhinestone Ornament!  From the Estate of Lila Acheson Wallace - Co-Founder of Reader's Digest!  Museum Worthy! 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 1987 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. That's wealthy!!!  In addition, in 1972 she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon, and in 1992, she was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Arts.  She died in 1984.  I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher.   This gown is exactly what you would expect of Mainbocher... classic elegance.  One first look, it looks to be in remarkably wonderful condition.  However, then the gown went under the harsh photography lights and that's when I saw the light stains here and there.  See photos to see what you will see under bright lights, including underarm staining.  If worn in the evening, you won't see any of this. Love the asymmetrical almost Grecian draping of the bodice, the skinny self belt, the modified wrap skirt (no leg will show), the inverted pleat skirt back with 1" train... and that brilliant BRILLIANT rhinestone ornamental buckle. Side metal zipper. Lined in china silk.  Measures:  up to 38" bust, 30" waist, up to 44" hips,  56" long from shoulder to hem in front, 57" long in back, slightly long-waisted at 16.5" shoulder to waist.  Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!!  I dated the gown based on the obviously same collection gown from the Museum of the City of New York.  Here's the link to that gown: http://tinyurl.com/ms6b474   Comes with COA from Antiquedress.com.

$ 985.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 4628 - DATED September 30, 1959 Bergdorf Goodman On the Plaza, New York, NY Brown and Black Brocade Dress with Matching Shaped Bolero Jacket!  Quality Made!  I just LOVE that Bergdorf Goodman (high end department store) dated their specially made or tailored garments!!!  It's a perfect snapshot of the era, down to the exact date!!!!  This dress with matching bolero is dated: September 30, 1959 with the customer name of Mrs. H Ragge (or Rogge). Lovely simple shape sleeveless dress with scoop neckline at front and square neckline at back, lightly gathered waist skirt, kick pleats at back and even a RARE off center back metal zipper than hides in the design!!!   The wide necked jacket is classic early 1960s/Jackie Kennedy look.  Love the fact that the bolero is open at front bottom.... and short sleeved.  Lovely piece in Excellent condition.  Even better in person... had to lighten a bit to see the design and detail... it's dark brown with black brocade.  Measures:  up to 35" bust (tight... you will need a smallish back with most of your 35" upfront.  JUST fits me and I wear a 32F bra (crazy I know - I'm really not that big, but it's the small ribcage and back you will need!!!), up to 27" waist (if you want to breathe, you might want to be up to 26" waist, up to 38" hips (very tight so if you want to sit, go smaller), 41" long from shoulder to hem with an extra 4" in hem (it was hemmed up, but I like at this length so I'm leaving for you).  OK, so the ONLY issue is that at the bottom of the zipper at the seam, the fabric has ripped at that seam. It will need to be fixed.  You will need to patch under and then can just stitch down the torn fabric, but I don't sew and I don't have a sewing machine, so I reduce the price and let you deal with it.   It won't be perfect when done, but in this material print, you shouldn't see any problem.   If perfect, this would easily be twice this price (or more) for the quality of the goods. 

$ 295.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 7389 - c. 1980's THIERRY MUGLER, Paris, Made in France Soft Loden Green Barely Striped Worsted Wool Gabardine Tailored Jacket!   What a beautiful fabric on this jacket!!!!  Slight sheen worsted wool and if you look very closely, you will see barely see lines in the multicolored nubs.  From a few inches out, it looks like a soft loden green.  Mugler knew how to tailor a jacket!!!  This one is wonderful.  PLEASE look at the close-up photos to see the tailoring details.  Labeled size 36. Near mint condition... can't find anything wrong.  Should easily become your favorite jacket in your closet.  It just goes on me at 35" bust (with DD cup), 27" waist, 39" hips... but I would strongly suggest you are smaller than these measurements. There used to be shoulderpads (I assume), but they have been removed and you will NOT miss them!  The jacket stays as you see it even without the pads.  Great interestingly shaped buttons are decorative as it closes with two snaps under them.  Feels nice on ... as the lining is nice and soft silk. 

$ 285.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 7622 - c. 1930 Black Satin Back Crepe and Satin Dinner Dress!   I have another similar dress that I can't sell because it has condition issues... so I loved finding this one.  I always love to sell what I personally love.... that's why if you like my taste, you like most everything on my website!   this is just one of those classic 1930s dresses that you expect to see worn in a movie.  The sheen of the black satin offset by the dull black of the crepe. Perfect combination.  And because it's a satin back crepe, the inside against your skin feels wonderful!!!  The slightly puffed upper sleeves the diagonal band of satin across the bust and the wide waistband with a thin silver metal trim that can be worn as you see, or tilted to a square.  I think this is correct as originally worn.  The two buttons at the bust are decorative. Side snaps to close.  Excellent condition with just one teeny tiny hole that you won't see at all because it's hiding in the fold of the pleat at the skirt, and a slight messy stitching at the back skirt, and many of the teeny rhinestones are missing, but you won't notice other than 1" away.  I don't know anyone who is gonna get that close to you to know!   How picky can I be???  Check out the interesting tailoring of the skirt at front and back. Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 39" hips, 49" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the 1850-1930 Category. 

$ 645. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6, perhaps a small 8
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# 1850 - c. 1945 Home Made Light-Up Bow Tie for WWII Victory Parties!  Fantastic!!!  I bought this quite a few years ago because I LOVE LOVE LOVE history... and what is more wonderful than the celebration at the end of WWII when all our men were coming home!  Rosie the Riveters were asked to go back to being housewives, but it was a time of joy as this country reveled in our Allied Victory! Back at a time when wars were fought for humanity... not for oil or revenge.  (And that is my last political statement).  Anyway... it was a time of when we learned how to make do with what we had, and the person who put this together was ahead of his time!!!  A vintage 1940s burgundy / brown / platinum bowtie was cut to allow for the insertion of two small lightbulbs (one clear, one red) and this was all attached to a small D-cell battery which I was told when I purchased it is dated 1945/Navy Issue.  I haven't taken the battery of of the cardboard sleeve to check. The wearer could just push the brass contacts together in his pocket and wow his friends!! Does it work?  You'd have to replace the battery, check the bulbs, etc... so "not now".  But that's not the beauty of this.  Buy a new one if you want a bowtie to light up.  However if you want a piece of history....  

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# 7624 - c. 1940's Hollywood Black Silk Chiffon Dress Encrusted with Rhinestones and Jewels!   This gorgeous, lavish 1940s cocktail dress is an absolute eye popper and, I'm told, it came from the wardrobes of Paramount, however there are no labels inside. so that's just the story.  Certainly beautiful enough to believe it!   It has definitely been worn so MAY be found in a movie or two.... but I have no idea by whom, or which film.  Whatever its origin,  this dress has the most magnificent blinding huge aquamarine sparkling jeweled rhinestones I have seen on a chiffon dress!!   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. "V" neckline with built in bra, "corset" bodice and gored skirt with a glamorous "v" back. 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!).  Measures:  34/35" (perhaps 36") bust (B/C cup), up to 29" waist, up to 37" hips, and it is 50" long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 825.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 4720 - c. 1955 Martha Weathered (Chicago Boutique) Black Silk Taffeta Dress with Matching Button-on Shrug!  Martha Weathered had an upscale boutique on Michigan Avenue, Chicago which operated from 1922 until 1971.  “Weathered was a pioneer in the boutique fashion world,” said Emilie Stallman, curator of an exhibit at Loyola University. “She was an importer, not a designer. Her role was to select fashions from overseas, primarily from France, and make them available here at her shop.  Prior to importers such as Weathered, upper class women would go overseas, on what was called a Grand Tour, to buy fine designer clothes. With the opening of local boutiques, women were able to buy ready-to-wear and custom-made clothing without the European visit."  Yup... that just about sums it up.  Martha Weathered’s clothing was high-fashion and high-quality.  This dress is no exception.  Very Dior in look. Great unique neckline and seaming with decorative buttons down the front of the black silk taffeta dress.  Then comes the matching original shrug which is buttoned on to the decorative buttons at dress bodice!!  Will look better with arms (damn mannequin is armless.... as well as a drunk... as in one of the side photos she can't even stand up straight!).  Excellent condition.  Back metal zipper. Measures:  33" bust, 25" waist.   Actual Christian Dior c. 1954/1955 dresses below for comparison:

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Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 7670 - c. 1990's MOSCHINO COUTURE, Made in Italy Black Lightweight Wool "Sewing Hardware" or "Safety Pin" Embellished Zip Front Jacket!  Moschino lovers will know that this jacket also came in a lesser quality Cheap & Chic version, but this is the creme de la creme COUTURE version with much more hardware, and many more zippers.  Silver snaps, safety pins, hooks, zippers with "O" ring pulls, and a few Swarovski crystals for good measure.  Outstanding!  The design features signature Moschino symbol motifs of the Peace Sign and the Question Mark.   The sleeves have zippers that open, and there are two diagonal zippers on the bust, and ones at the pockets... but even more surprising is the one at the side BACK!  And yes, it actually zips!  Definitely unique!  MINT CONDITION!  With original hang tag still attached to zipper pull. Labeled size 12 USA.  I think it's more a 10/12 today.  Don't hesitate!  And just think... if you need a safety pin , hook or snap at some point for something else you own... you will know where to find one! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! 

$ 1,465.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 5197 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Nude Net Gown of Sequins and Beads!  As Seen on Joan Van Ark in Knot's Landing Promotion Photo!  OK... if you're a fan of my website, you know I love these early Bob Mackie gowns... you know the ones that were designed for the mass market by just taking the original nude net "Cher" Mackie gowns, and adding a nude lining.  Mr. Mackie then branched out into beads and sequins on silk, but it's these early net gowns that are the best!  This one is of a rare design I hadn't seen before... and then someone sent me the photo of Joan Van Ark in this gown!  Looks great on!!  Pinkish hue with the extra large pink flower sequined on to one shoulder and then bits of that flower elsewhere scattered about the gown.  As you can see, the gown has the illusion of a nude bodice (yet it's lined), however the upper back remains net only.  There is a very long slit up the front of the gown for mega leg reveal!  Excellent condition... however, this gown has been modified under the arms for extra size in the bust, so it now Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem. Look at all the closeup photos to see all the details! Zippered cuffs, back zip gown to waist and just the extended back hook/eye at upper back.  If you don't need the extra sizing, you can just remove the extended closure strap. Priced lower than it might have been for the modified underarms, but for those of you who are thrilled with the extra bust measurement, well... you luck out! 

$ 1,185. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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# 5374A - c. late 1970's DAVID HAYES Silk 2-piece Dress!  You don't know David Hayes?  Well, he was good enough for First Lady Nancy Reagan (perhaps his most constant client!)... and the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren.... and was sold at top-notch store like I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and the Martha boutique in New York.  In 1991, I read an article that listed his dresses selling for $600 -$900!  That's $1,000 - $1,500 today.  So.... usually these all over print dresses are overwhelming, but the colors and the print of this piece is quite lovely... even with the 2 pieces worn together.  And, of course, if you wear with a sweater, or jacket over... it will break it up... or add a belt to also break up the pattern.... or wear the pieces separately.  Ruffled collar blouse with attached tie to bow or not to bow.  That is the question. ;)  Excellent condition.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, 30" waist skirt, 27" long skirt. 

$ 285.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8
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# 5737 - c. 1980's Designer Bottle Green Silk Velvet Draped Side Gown with Green Taffeta Ruched Bodice!  Damn... I HATE people who remove designer labels because they "itch".  Oh wait... I'm one of them!!!  I have very sensitive skin, so it's the first thing that goes, but NEVER on a high-end garment.  It's sacrilegious!   This gown came from an estate of other high-end goods from the 1980s.  A woman who partied with Mick Jagger in her younger years!!! This gown I can see on Princess Diana back in her day.  Sweetheart strapless bodice of lovely green silk taffeta with fitted waist and fairly wide peplum to accentuate the smaller waist.  All ruched and gathered as Jean Desses and Ceil Chapman might have into a large matching rosette at the perfect sweet spot! The skirt actually wraps around and drapes from that rosette area into a "waterfall".  Back zipper at more ruching.  Just lovely!  Excellent condition with only the slightest velvet crushing at the hemline, but a good drycleaner should be able to fluff.  Measures:  38" bust, 30" waist, up to 44" hips, 44" long from natural waistline. Add a priceless emerald necklace and be Queen of the Gala!  Would easily cost twice this if the label was still attached!!    

$ 685.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 11173 - c. 1980's NINA RICCI Boutique, Paris, Made in France, Sold at Bloomingdale's Turquoise Blue Raw Silk Dress with Black Trim!  I believe Nina Ricci started selling in Bloomingdales in 1980.  Great label.  Simple yet elegant dress. You can buy a Nina Ricci dress today for $1,000 - $5,000, or you can follow the trend of the shirtwaist dress (making a comeback!) and get what would have been an expensive dress when new... for peanuts! Note:  the black sash at the waist (which I tie in a bow at front, but just tie at back) does NOT come with it.  I likely had a black belt originally, but nothing remains.  So... wear with your own black belt.  Front black buttons, round neckline, slightly puffy short sleeves (but no crazy 1980s shoulders!).  Excellent condition.  Originally unlined so it's cool to wear in the summer (unlike so many of the "summer" dresses today that are so damn hot!). Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 38" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem.   

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Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 7600 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Boutique Teal Green and Black Beaded Fringe "Shimmy" Dress!  I have had 3 of these Bob Mackie beaded dresses so far... so they must have sold quite well back in the 1980s!  The first one I had in gold beads was sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and had the original price tag still on it... for $7,000!!!!  This one was probably the second generation of this dress (I'm starting to become an expert in Mackie... so many of the pieces look alike, but they were various quality!!).  Still an expensive dress when new!  Labeled size 8.  Measures: 35/36" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips (37" tight), 35" long from shoulder to scalloped hem of dress with additional 5" beaded fringe. OK.. so now I gotta tell you that the dress has some beads missing, mostly on one upper strap (see photos).  The price has been lowered to allow you money to get fixed by a seamstress.  There are extra green and white beads under the excess straps, so you will only need to purchase black bugle beads.  However, if I take the time to re-bead myself, the price will go up.  So... it's up to you! :)  The last one sold for $2,400 3 years ago.   

$ 2,185.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6-small 8 (only the 35/36" bust is important measurement to fit)
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# 7503 - c. 1930's RUTH McCULLOCH, Hubbard Woods and Evanston Embroidered and Beaded Ecru Velvet Bolero Jacket!  According to the EWHP website:  "Ruth McCulloch opened her first shop in Evanston in 1937, expanding to stores in Hubbard Woods and Northbrook.  Specializing in American fashion designers, her stores were finely furnished and offered a "genteel" shopping experience.  Her fabulous logo, with the 1930s image of a young woman in a broad-brimmed hat, did not change through the years."  Damn I love that logo!!!  And I love the bolero! Meant to be worn open at the front, just a decorative piece to wear over your slinky 30s gown... OR I suppose this COULD be an early 1960s piece.  Hard to know for sure.  Nothing gives it away.  But the paisley design, the colors, the trim, the shape... I'm still going with 30s.  More info coming:


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# 7370 - c. 1930's Merlot Wine Colored Crepe Bias Gown with Rhinestone Jacket!  WEARABLE SIZE PLEASE look at the color swatch below to see what color this actually is!!!!  It's not red!!!!  But I had to lighten all the photos so you can see the detail, so PLEASE... it's a deep gorgeous "merlot wine" crepe.   You gotta trust me that it's fabulous!  I went crazy when I saw this outfit.  SOOOOO 1930's Movie Star!!!   There's no way I can capture the shine of the hundreds of prong set rhinestones in the long knee-length peplum jacket with small collar, rhinestone button front, open at front, wide open cap sleeves, with matching waist sash also covered in rhinestones.  The bias gown itself is totally plain matching crepe with halter "Marilyn Monroe" bodice and "T" back.  Both pieces are in Excellent condition with only a couple extremely minor spots at hemline, and looks like you could re-sew one seam at side as it was sewn a bit incorrectly (though most of you will not care - and it's under the jacket anyway).  So ELEGANT.  Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 41" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem.  But looks equally good on the size 4/6 mannequin.   Bias gowns will hug your body and make you look sexy!  Just sayin'! :)     Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 1,345.  ORDER 

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# 7660A - c. late 1980's/early 1990's YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche, Paris, Made in France Gold Brocade Jacket!   Pretty incredible silk material!  It's ever so slightly stretchy (amazingly) of a gold and ivory silk paper-thin fabric with fantastic "daisy" enameled buttons at front, puffy sleeves and wide great pointed cuffs.  Marked  size "38"  Wide lapels.  Slightly off-center closure. Slight peplum.  Fitted shape.  The best of the best!  Excellent condition!  Elegant and glitzy at the same time.  "Tart" it up, or "Class" it up depending what you wear with it.  Dress it down with jeans, or dress it up for evening.  Great piece to have in you closet! Measures:  35/36" bust, up to 29" waist.  

$ 765.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6, small 8
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# 5373A - c. 1980's CHRISTIAN DIOR Boutique, Paris NUMBERED Black Silk Blouse with Velvet Trim and 2 Rope Necklaces! From the Estate of a wealthy Long Island, New York woman who had a huge collection of designer duds.  Most everything was YSL, Givenchy, Valentino, Ungaro, and Dior... and most everything from the 1980s.  This blouse has a numbered label from the Dior Boutique.  This woman bought many of her pieces from her trips to Paris (I got a few receipts so I know for sure!).  This blouse is wonderful black silk with black velvet ribbons around mock turtleneck, jeweled button cuffs and the best part??  Comes with two original black rope necklaces!!  Excellent condition. Back hidden zipper.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 385.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 5044 - c. 1980's Leopard Print Suit covered in Clear Sequins with Original Matching Belt!  Oh yeah... if you want to go over the top in animal print, wear this as a suit.  If you prefer to be a bit more sedate, use the pieces and mix and match in your wardrobe!  Great simple straight below knee skirt can be shortened if you prefer, so worn in this "ladylike" length.  The jacket is very 1980s... with all the bells and whistles... padded shoulders, batwing sleeves, peplum hipline, wrap elastic waistline, blouson with fitted waist style!  And then comes the matching leopard silk belt also covered with the clear sequins and a flat buckle at front!  Excellent condition except the lining that has reddened and has ever so slight tearing just at the waist snaps.... again... only a problem in the lining.  The exterior will need the occasional "haircut".... it's one of those fabrics, but it's hardly an issue.  Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 36" elastic waist jacket, 29" waist belt, up to 38" hips, 28.5" long skirt.  

$ 345.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 skirt (may need to enlarge waist), 6/8 jacket.
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# 5375 - c. 1970's YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche, Paris, Made in  France Black Cotton Peasant Blouse! From the Estate of a wealthy Long Island, New York woman who had a huge collection of designer duds.  Most everything was YSL, Givenchy, Valentino, Ungaro, and Dior... and most everything from the 1980s.  This woman bought many of her pieces from her trips to Paris (I got a few receipts so I know for sure!).  This blouse is from the 1970s Peasant collection!  Black cotton sleeveless blouse with huge ruffle.  No closures.  Just goes on over the head.  The "belt" doesn't come with it... it's just a ribbon I used.  Just to show how it will look.  OR check out the photo of the blouse shown with a YSL skirt.   Yup, this was the look.  I just don't have the skirt for you..... ;(   Something to find!   But if you miss out on the blouse, and find the skirt... won't YOU kick yourself! :)    Excellent condition.  

$ 225.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 3858 - c. 1970's YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche, Paris, Made in  France Ivory Textured Silk "Peasant"  Blouse with Rope Tassels on Ruffled Neckline and Ruffled Cuffs! From the Estate of a wealthy Long Island, New York woman who had a huge collection of designer duds.  Most everything was YSL, Givenchy, Valentino, Ungaro, and Dior... and most everything from the 1980s.  This woman bought many of her pieces from her trips to Paris (I got a few receipts so I know for sure!).  This blouse is from the 1970s Peasant collection!  The "belt" doesn't come with it... just wanted to show how it will look tucked in.  Note:  the left sleeve just needs an arm in it! :)   Excellent condition.  

$ 265.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 5374 - c. 1980's YVES SAINT LAURENT RIVE GAUCHE, Paris, Made in France Black Silk Taffeta and Black Silk Velvet Dress! From the Estate of a wealthy Long Island, New York woman who had a huge collection of designer duds.  Most everything was YSL, Givenchy, Valentino, Ungaro, and Dior... and most everything from the 1980s.  She wore many suits and blouses, but had a few dresses.  So... how great are THESE sleeves??  Massive balloon sleeves of black silk taffeta matching the tie at waist (to bow or tie as you like), all over the simple black velvet dress with plunging "v" neckline to show off some cleavage!  I have stuffed the sleeves a bit, so you can do the same to puff up.  Excellent condition.  Hidden side metal zipper.  Measures:  up to 42" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 46" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem, or 24" long from waist to hem.  If you are smaller than these measurements, the dress will look great as well.  Shown on the 35/25/36 mannequin.. just tie the sash tighter.  Labeled size "42".  This same dress is currently listed elsewhere for $1,200!!   NOTE:  the dress "v" neckline plunges nearly to the WAIST... but the previous owner basted it to this still low "v".  You can unbaste in 2 seconds if you dare wear it that low.  

$ 785.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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# 5747 - c. 1970's ADOLFO, New York Bright Blue Wool Boucle Windowpane Suit!  Ah... Adolfo... a label that doesn't get the proper respect!  "Adolfo Sardina, best known as Adolfo, began his successful fashion career in Paris as an apprentice to Balenciaga.  American buyers admired his work and encouraged him to come to New York. In 1953 he became a designer for the milliner Emme.  In 1962 Adolfo started making his Chanel-inspired suits and his unusual evening gowns. By 1965 he started making things for the Duchess of Windsor. The first black lace dress he ever did was made for the Duchess. who introduced him to Betsy Bloomingdale, Babe Paley and then Nancy Reagan. In 1969 he was presented with a special Coty Award for his contribution to design from head to toe.  By the mid-1970's Adolfo's twice-yearly fashion shows at the St. Regis Hotel had become gathering places for the socially prominent women who favored his Chanel-inspired clothes for day and luxurious ball gowns for evening. Frequently, five or six women would show up wearing the same suit. At his last show at the Plaza, at least four women wore a jacket of checks and tweeds from his fall collection." So.... like I said... Show a little respect!  Bright blue wool boucle in windowpane design.  Jacket has gold buttons, cuff sleeves, wing collar with top stitching. Skirts have elastic waistlines. Yeah! Measures:  35/36" bust, 24" long jacket from shoulder to hem, 24" waist elastic skirt is the smallest... but you can go to 30", 27" long skirt.   Excellent condition.   

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# 5748 - c. 1979 ST. JOHN by Marie Gray Black Santana Knit Suit!  Another piece from a fashionable woman's estate. The perfect "St. John's Knit" (from the older label) 2-piece suit.  Simple black straight skirt with elastic waist (gotta love St. John Knits for that!) and a very low "v" front jacket cut to the wide inset waistband with three little rhinestone buttons, baby peplum and c. 1979 tiny puffed shouldered sleeves.  Wear the skirt alone with just about anything in your closet and pair the jacket for a variety of looks.  Measures: up to 40" bust, 26-33" elastic waist skirt, up to 40" hips, 27" long skirt,  22" long jacket.  Excellent condition. 

$ 245.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 9687 - c. 1960's HAUTE COUTURE INT'L, Made in Hong Kong Gold Silk Crepe Gown Covered in Gold Fringe Beads with Matching Gold Silk Satin Bubble Coat with Matching Bead Trim!  The 1960's will continue to be in Vogue for the next 2 years as TV Shows like Mad Men continue to highlight the fashions of the era.  Gold silk sleeveless sheathe gown covered all over with gold beads in "fringe tassels" design.. which will move with you!  Low "u" neck in front and lower in back. Now look at the photos as I hiked up the dress in some of the photos so you can see what it would look like as a "flapper dress"!  You can baste up and wear like that one night... and then remove the basting and wear long and sleek for another night!  Metal zipper back of dress. Over the dress comes the matching gold silk satin coat/cape with short "sleeves" with great matching bows! And more beaded longer fringe at the back collar of coat.  The coat doesn't close and as you see, it's a HUGE shape at back... very fashion forward for the era!  Meant to be worn as a "wrap".   It's up to you to figure out how to stand and hold to look fashionable.  The coat seems to have an inner lining of pellon, so it's stiff and slightly "crunchy" sounding.  There are some beads loose/missing, but there are so many, it's hardly an issue.  Slight dirt around the hemlines.  And yes, there is one spot I found on the back of the coat (see photo), and really the only other issue with the coat is crinkling of the satin where it was stored against the beading.  

$ 435. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 6906 - c. early 1960's CHRISTIAN DIOR, New York Black Silk /Wool Crepe Dress with "Tuxedo Stripe" Side!  This dress is remarkably heavy for a dress that has no beading or embellishments or anything!!!  It's just THAT well made!  NOTE:  I added the bow sash as waistline (as I prefer things belted) but it doesn't come with it, and I'm not sure if it was intended to be worn with a belt.  It's just FOR ME! :)  The dress is sort of an A-line shape with wide pleats in the skirt and those unexpected black grosgrain stripes down the sides.  The mock turtleneck collar has ornamental self covered buttons as does the front of the bodice and the sleeves.   SIMPLE design by a master... Christian Dior, New York.  Excellent condition with just the most minor areas of "shine" from a too hot iron... only seen under bright lights.  

$ 365. ORDER

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# 1129 - c. 1940's EVALEN ORIGINAL Taupe Wool Gabardine Beaded Swing Jacket!  If you don't need perfection... Have I got the jacket for you!!!!!   I adore this piece and I've held on to it for many years because I just hate to see it go.  Sadly there are a few minor moth holes and a few minor tiny spots (see photos).  Really the moth hole at the mid back is the only one that is "jarring" (see photos).  Priced accordingly.  Meant to be worn open at front.  Closes with two buttons at neck.  LOVE the swing style especially at the back!    

$ 285. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4- 6/8
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# 7615 - c. 1980's ANDREA ODICINI, Made in Italy / Giorgio Beverly Hills Fuchsia Jacquard Silk Dress!   Andrea Odicini is absolutely revered and is considered by Italian women who know couture to rank along side, or even above, Valentino (even HE is known to pay Odicini great homage)!!  His creations were/are absolutely coveted... although he is not well known outside of Italy. From a wealthy Genoese family, he was able to pick and chose his clientele. If he did not like you, or if he thought that you did not understand fabrics and construction, he would not design for you! When he moved his atelier from Rome to Genoa, many women would journey to Genoa just to buy his creations because no one could equal his collections.  In the 1980's, he finally agreed to make a ready-to-wear line, but his creations were still ultra costly.   I LOVE the fact that the dress has the Andrea Odicini "Made in Italy" label, and yet the other label reads: "Made in France for Giorgio Beverly Hills"!  Guess those people at Giorgio didn't have a Made in Italy label handy! :)  You DO know Giorgio's... don't you?  It was "THE" boutique in Beverly Hills.  Top labels. Top prices!  And if you know Andrea Odicini you will know the quality.  Beautiful dress.  I always loved Ungaro dresses from the 1980's.  Now I know what designer they were copying.  The bodice has a high turtleneck that can be worn up or down (I show it both ways) with buttons on the side.  Long cuffed batwing sleeves. High wide waistband.  And then, well then comes the unique and wonderful double layered skirt with asymmetrical "scarf". Check it out from all sides!  FAB!  Back zipper. Excellent condition and the best jacquard fuchsia silk.  Labeled Size 42 (but that's old sizing). Measures:  35/36" bust, 25/26" waist, up to 39" hips, 23" long from natural waist.  Shoulder pads are gone.  Looks great without them!!  Compare to Valentino prices today for a silk dress... would have easily cost over $5000 today!!!    

$ 845. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/small 6
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# 7629 - c. 1950's Black and White "Picnic Tablecloth" Checked Cotton Sundress!  LARGER SIZE!  I love unique and fun.  What's more fun to wear to an elegant picnic (back in the 1950s) than a dress in the classic picnic tablecloth design?  Cotton (YEA!) so great to wear in the heat of the summer.  Buttons on the front are decorative only.  Originally had a belt or tie/sash but it was lost over the years, so I just used a black ribbon (doesn't come with it).  Side metal zipper. Measures:  39" bust, up to 31" waist, 27" long from waist to hem, 16" from shoulder to waist (note: the shoulders have stitching so they might have been slightly shortened.  Still long waisted!!).  Excellent condition.  Should become your favorite "go-to" summer dress in your closet! :)  

$ 285. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 7614 - c. early 1960's MARLDENA Gowns Blue Silk Jacquard and Gold Metallic Thread Gown!  I can't find much about Marldena gowns, but they were around for at least 30 years it seems, so they must have been quite popular!  This gown is lovely... and very stiff!!!!  The entire dress is lined in pellon... which is a classic 60's lining to stiffen dresses. LOVE the detail rose at the bustline.  The gold metallic thread can look more silver in certain lights, and gold in other lights.  Measures:  33/34" bust, up to 28" waist, 54" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition.  

$ 465. ORDER

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# 6903 - c. 1950's KATHRYN KUHN "Ashes of Roses" Beaded Ballgown with Matching Long Satin Gloves!  From the Estate of Billionaire Doris Duke!  From info at Georgeglazer.com:  "Kathryn Kuhn was a prolific New York City fashion and costume designer and custom couturier for over 50 years. Working out of her New York City townhouse studio, she created innovative formal and elegant to playful and bawdy dresses/gowns for private clients and actresses including Sophie Tucker and Carole Lombard, and for various theatrical productions. Kuhn started her career as a private dressmaker in 1911. During the Depression in the 1930s, she found new clients designing for the theater. From about 1950 until her retirement in 1967, Kuhn focused on her elaborately housed private dressmaking business, where she had a staff of 12 working at 57 West 56th St., NYC.  She was known for taking pride in quality workmanship and attention to detail."  This was obviously a couture gown designed and made for one of the wealthiest women in the world, Doris Duke. Came from museum deaccession.   Lovely popular "ashes of roses" color (I remember that from "The Thornbirds"!) silk satin gown embroidered with beading on both the satin and the matching chiffon panels at the front. Diagonally pleated bodice.  The gown has horsehair hip panniers inside (though would have been worn with loads of petticoats or hoop as well.  Back metal zipper. Comes with matching satin long cuffed gloves.  I can just imagine how fetching she looked with (presumed) sable wrap.  The gown is in Very Good condition.  There are issues.  Some beads missing (though nothing jarring), minor fabric discolor underarms... but the MAIN issue (which wasn't disclosed when I purchased) is someone tacked the full skirt in two areas to hide what looks like cigarette burns near hem!!!!!  You gotta wonder where Doris was, or what she was doing to burn her hem area!! :)   Measures:  35/36" bust, 25/26" waist, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 44" long in back.    Also Listed in Memorabilia Category.  

$ 1,365. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4 or small waisted 6
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# 7079 - c. 1962 Saks Fifth Avenue Black Worsted Silk Sleeveless Dress with Matching Coat Fully Lined in Hot Pink Checked Silk with Scarf!  LARGER SIZE!  Deaccession from a museum...fantastic complete outfit of simple tailored (and beautifully constructed with interesting seaming) shift dress with a yoke of hot pink check.  The matching black worsted silk coat stays open at the front (no closures) and has a long slit up back to show off the fabulous matching hot pink checked silk lining!!  Comes with a scarf probably meant to be worn as a neck bow (as I've shown).  This is one of those outfits that will wow if you know how to display that lining!!  Near Mint condition... hardly looks like it was worn... and VERY HIGH QUALITY goods!  Donated to the museum by Mrs. Robert E. Merrill.  The opera star's wife?  Not sure.. but certainly could be.  I say larger size... meaning larger than more vintage pieces (which tend to be small).  Measures:  39" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 39" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem for both.  

$ 465. ORDER

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# 11235 - c. 1957-1964 EDWARD ABBOTT Wilson Folmar Black Silk Chiffon Dress with Attached Draped Scarf and Ostrich Feathers! This can be dated as (according to Vintage Label Resource), Wilson Folmar was the designer for Edward Abbott from 1957-1964.  So... gotta be from those years.  LOVE this dress! Strapless with gathered bodice (very Jean Desses!) and straight skirt... but then comes the attached half-circle chiffon scarf the drapes dramatically at the back.  And then the uniqueness of this dress is the black ostrich feathers dangling at lower back skirt!!!!  Now sadly two of these ostrich feathers are missing... but easily replaced.... I just don't have the time... ever!  So... that makes the price lower for those of you happy to do the replacing on your own.  You will find tiny holes where those feathers were sewn on... so you will know exactly where to attach the replacement feathers. Otherwise great condition with just slight pulls in fabric and hem could use a stitch or two. Metal zipper. Would be priced at $585 if perfect.  So if I get around to dealing with the feathers myself... expect the price to go up!  Measures:  up to 37" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 40" hips, 27" long from waist to hem..   

$ 365. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 11306 - c. 1930's Floral Print Linen Day Dress with Great Button Back! OK.. check out the all button down back! SOOOO cute!!!  These are the original buttons and as you see, there are two colors... blue and black... in a 2-to1 pattern.  Adorable!  The dress has hard to see details of a small Peter Pan collar, tiny2 pockets at bodice, attached and original matching belt.  Sleeves are ever so slightly puffy.  Even the buttonholes are cutely stitched.  Excellent condition. Measures: up to 34" bust, up to 27" waist, up to 37" hips, 24" long from waist to hem.  No stretch so you can't be any larger than these measurements!   Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 265. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 or small 6
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# 7668 - c. Fall 1993 ZANG TOI Red Roses Trained Strapless Gown with Matching Reversible Black Velvet / Matching Sleeved Mink Trimmed Wrap! I can tell you.... I have handled a lot of vintage fashions, and usually hate selling items that are newer than 1990 as the quality of the fabric and construction just is not up to my standards.  HOWEVER, this is one of those gowns that surprised me.  The black silk matelasse material (textured) with red roses/green leaves is just exquisite!  The fact that it's trimmed at the hemline with black mink.  The glorious seaming that hugs the body, the "points" at the bodice for an interesting shape, and most exciting is the matching SLEEVED wrap which can be worn as a jacket, or as a wrap which doesn't fall off as the sleeves allow it to stay on, and STILL has the sexy look of a wrap (will look better on someone with arms... my mannequin doesn't do the wrap justice)  The wrap/jacket as you see is also trimmed in black mink at cuffs and all around edge.  And it's reversible to a black velvet so the lining will match the gown if you prefer that look.  Either way.  Zang Toi is worn by many celebrities and sells for thousands.  This outfit would easily sell for $10,000.   Measures:  34" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 36" hips, 44" long from natural waist to hem in front, and 57" long from waist to hem in back. Excellent condition with one exception at the upper back edge which has a 1" pulling of silk.  To hide totally, just edge the bodice with thin black velvet trim.  Or leave alone.. hardly an issue.  

NOTE:  Gown from the Estate of Betsy Pickering- Kaiser – former late 1950’s early 1960’s well known fashion model (many Vogue covers). In early 1970s was put into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame. After model career, she was still a jetsetter & outgoing socialite. She kept herself fashionably stylish and was a constant on the International Best Dressed List.

$ 1,865. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 11287 - c. 1930's Burnished Gold Sequin Evening Bolero! To be worn over a simple black 30s body hugging gown, these sequin boleros give the appropriate DAZZLE!  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.  Excellent condition.   Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 485. ORDER

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# 7366 - RARE c. 1974-1975 BRANIFF AIRLINE Turquoise Stewardess Uniform Dress and Jumper Designed by EMILIO PUCCI Versions V and VI !  Yes, I know... today it is PC to call them "flight attendants", but back in the day... the term was "stewardess".  If you look through the websites, you will see the uniforms changed every couple of years or so, and these two pieces came from the Emilio Pucci designed collection of 1974-1976.  These can be worn in a variety of ways to give the stewardesses at least some variety.  The turquoise, white, purple, green and black synthetic knit dress (with original matching rope belt) can be worn alone, and the turquoise bonded wool jumper with buttons at shoulder straps can be worn alone as well, but due to the short slit up the front (and the miniskirt length), you might show a bit more leg than you want... though I confess, I wore jumper alone for a few hours to audition for a play! :)  SOOO cute on!   NOTE: According to Modcolors.com... "Originally, these leotards were issued with beautiful fabric covered shank buttons (as you have here).  However, in 1976, the buttons were changed to a flat translucent dark gray.  Perhaps it was decided they would create a smoother look under the jumpers, or the fabric buttons were catching on everything but I doubt Emilio Pucci would have approved of using plastic buttons on his design."  Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 38" hips, 32" long from shoulder to hem for jumper, 37" long dress.  Both pieces in Excellent condition. VERY collectible!  FINAL PUCCI COLLECTION for BRANIFF!  In 1977, Halston was hired to design the next collection.  They didn't hold a candle to Pucci's uniforms!!    Also Listed in the Museum Category. 

$ 865. RESERVED

Approx. - SIZE 2-small 6
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# 7638 - c. early 1960's Gold Lame Floss Woven Bodice and Black Rayon Dress! I love this look!  Simple, classic shape with the "pop" of that gold lame floss bodice (see close up photos).  And then that unique waistline to give almost a "petal" effect.  Wide scoop neckline.  Sleeveless.  Perfect.  This was a moderate line dress sold at department store.  Sadly no label except the original paper manufacturing label.  Metal zipper back. Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 39" hips, 38" long from waist to hem.  There is NO give to this fabric, so you should have smaller measurements than above so you can breathe, walk and sit.  ;)  Oh, and due to the fabrication, the bodice will need the occasional "haircut" to keep it looking great.

$ 265. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 7636 - c. 1980's AJ BARI Silk Satin Multicolor on Black Halter Dress with Open Slit Back! Yup, I often like AJ Bari. The label for "girly girls" who love cute.  Think Katy Perry... and me! :)  Halter with low "v" front and open "v" at back.  Comes with the original two toned green and purple long sash belt.  Near Mint condition.  Measures:  up to 38" bust ( I guess... the halter is hard to measure), up to 28" waist, 21" long from waist to hem, 17" long from shoulder to waist (so slightly long waisted).  The zipper at back works, but it's one of those that sticks at the waistline.  You just need a friend to help zip you. ;)  

$ 225. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 9627 - c. 1950's Mary Sachs Black Silk Taffeta Ballgown with Separate Crinoline!  I tried to convince myself that I would have someplace to wear this gown at some point... and I've kept it in my private collection for years.  But, alas.... I now realize that "she" deserves to be seen and appreciated, and not just tucked away by me.  I normally decide if I prefer the front or the back of a dress and show you that photo, but it's like Sophie's Choice...  I just can't choose which side is better... front or back!  LOVE the sweetheart neckline in front and the low "v" at back.  I adore the long torso shape at the front and the low "v" skirt at the back with large bow.  I have always loved the covered decorative buttons down the front of dresses and gowns, and yet the very gathered lower skirt at back is killer.  The more I type, the more I want to remove this gown and put her back in my closet. I hope she goes to a good home!!!  I may want to have visiting rights... just a head's up.  Oh, and this gown comes with the original and separate crinoline.  Just another reason to believe this to be a true designer gown, but only has the Mary Sachs high-end department store label. Metal zipper at back. Measures:  35/36" bust, 26" waist, 43" long from waist to hem.   

$ 2,145. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4, small waisted 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6031]
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#6031 - c. 1940's PATTULLO - JO COPELAND ORIGINAL Black Crepe Dress with Raspberry Velvet Trim! Because of her innovation and talent, Jo Copeland designs were often copied.  Even Ceil Chapman copied this look as I have a Ceil dress with similar raspberry colored trim!  Jo Copeland's quality construction demanded high prices. This is one of the early labels.  Exceptional dinner dress!  Black thin silk crepe dress.  The entire bodice is covered with black openwork lace, studded with black sequins.  The raspberry velvet bodice trim and matching large bow.  Excellent condition. There is one sequined button missing... I would just replace the top button with something similar.    Measures:  35" bust, 24/25" waist, up to 36" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem.

$ 685. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 2/small 4
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 


[ORDER ITEM - #4967]
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#4967 - c. 1990's GIVENCHY, Paris Nearly Black Heavy Cotton Pique Daisy Sundress with Bow Back! I confess I have a weakness for Givenchy.   Probably partly due to the association with Audrey Hepburn from way back.   But whatever it is that draws me to them.. this dress harkens back to those classic 50's Audrey dresses.  And this one you can purchase for a bit less than the $807K paid for Givenchy's "Breakfast at Tiffany" black dress! :)  This is not the cheaper Nouvelle Boutique ready-to-wear line.  Nearly black heavy cotton pique sundress with open back just closed with three bows snapped into place. White and green stylized daisy print. I've lightened some of the photos so you can see the tailoring.  I still may decide to keep this dress for myself... so buy it before I change my mind! Near mint condition. Measures: 32/33" bust, 24/25" waist. 22" from waist to hem.

$ 635. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/small 4
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# 7644 - c. late 1970's DAN GROSSMAN / Rich's Furs Mink Vest Trimmed in Amber Crystal Rhinestone and Stud Beads!    Well, it always amazes me when I find something this unique!   And even more amazing that I found a similar (yet shorter version) of this mink studded vest with the Revillon (Saks) label. So they were designed and created by Dan Grossman and then obviously wholesaled to various high-end department stores back in the late 1970s.  This one is SO cool... even the name on the inside black satin lining... "BITCH"!  Gotta love that! :)  Wear with a blouse and jeans.  Wear open or closed with the hook/eyes.   This piece is in Very Good condition.  There are some stones missing (see photos), but you won't notice much, and you can certainly add a few matching stones if you care.  The front looks like it might have some wear to the mink, but there are still guard hairs there, so...  really the only issue is one tiny pull of the mink at collar.  Not even worth fixing.   You won't notice. Measures:  32 - 34" bust (if you leave open at front), 27" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the Furs, Etc.  Section.

$ 785.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE XS - Small (if left open at front).   SMALL backs only!
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[ORDER ITEM - #7631]
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# 7631 - c. 1950's Black Silk Organdy Overlay 3-D Floral Dress! Sweet dress that looks much more expensive than it is!  You can tell only from looking at the interior that this was a middle-of-the-road department store dress.   Like a Lilli Diamond (if you know your vintage labels).  Unfortunately the original label is gone.  All that's left is a portion of the Workers Union label and little piece of the original paper label.  Excellent condition on the exterior.  The interior is discolored as you see (doesn't show to the exterior) Love the wrap pleated collar which skims over the shoulder.  There is a whisper of a sheer black silk organdy over black silk.... and this has lovely silver and lavender embroidered leaves with 3-diamensional flowers.  Measures:  35" bust, 25" waist and 28" long from waist to hem. The original net crinoline comes with it, but it was just pinned in. You can sew on if you want.  Metal zipper at back.  

$ 295. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 (small waist)

 



[ORDER ITEM - #7355]
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# 7355 - c. 1990's GIORGIO ARMANI Black Label Off-White Leather Jacket with Black Velvet Flocking! Oh my word!!!  Killer fabulous!! Looking at it from afar you really wouldn't guess it was leather.  And certainly wouldn't guess it was black velvet flocked leather, but get close enough and you will swoon!  LOVE the empire tailored waistline, the high collar and the notch at back collar, the cuffed sleeves, the lovely black braided buttons, slight peplum at the back.  Just give me a simple black pencil skirt and killer heels and there is nothing classier, nor more rich looking.  What Giorgio Armani is all about.   The best of the best.  Excellent condition.  Shown on the mannequin of 35" bust, 25" waist.  It just fits her bust.  You might want to be under 35" bust for comfort. 

$ 2,245. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4


[ORDER ITEM - #11280]
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# 11280 - c. 1930's Reversible Hand-sewn Trapunto Silk Black and Blush Cape! Well, I'm not sure this was actually meant to be reversible because the closure doesn't work that way, but as you can see, it's equally beautiful on both sides!  The black silk is hard to see all the detail, so look at the other side to see it (I'm waiting.........).  Right, you looked, yes??  This is a 40" long cape, meant to be worn over the slinky gowns of the 1930s.  There is not a lot of room for flailing about, so you will have to have narrow shoulders and a demure nature.  Yes, it's open at the front, but still, it feels like a cocoon.  The collar (as you can see) is in the opposite color.  The exterior black is in quite good (with the exception of the tiny wear/holes at the upper left back (see photos) and there is fading down from one shoulder down the one side.  Worse in the photos, but still it's there... slightly red. The interior has some issues... see photos... some subtle dirt marks and then a few minor wear holes (see photos).   Nothing is glaring, but it's there.  This piece is best for those of you who just adore trapunto.  Looks like someone spent a LOT of time on this garment!   Also Listed in 1850-1930s  and Furs, etc. Category.  

$ 265. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0-2/4



[ORDER ITEM - #11153]
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# 11153 - c. 1970's CARLOTA ALFARO, San Juan, Puerto Rico Nude Beaded Gown! This gown came to me from the estate of a woman who wore only the best.  Ms. Alfaro is a top high fashion designer specializing in haute couture, and is known as "Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion" and was sold in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue back when those stores were the most fashionable!  So you have to know that this woman spent quite a bit of money on her gowns.  Especially the ones she wore at the Captain's Table when on cruises with her husband... and this was one of those.  She dressed many a pageant contestant, and perhaps one of her most famous gowns is the "chain" gown which helped Ms. Puerto Rico to win Miss Universe in 2006 (and WHAT a gown that was!!)   Her gowns easily sold for $10,000, and are couture (meaning individually designed and created)... hence the needle on her label!  This gown is similar to a nude Bob Mackie with the beading covering the possible exposed skin under netting.  However, this gown is lined where it needs to be...  so no need to worry!  The detail of the way it closes at back is quite unique with buttons that curve around the design.  Might need a seamstress to revamp the back waist closure (currently has velcro!) with a few extra hooks/eyes or something, but that's not much of a problem (unless you are all thumbs like me who can't sew on a button!).  Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 40" hips, 51" long from shoulder to hem.  Not a form-fitted gown, but gives the illusion of such with the beading. 

$ 885. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8 Short


[ORDER ITEM - #11281]
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# 11281 - c. vintage Mariachi or Charro Jacket! One of the Best I've seen!  You can find these soutache embroidered Mexican jackets at all price ranges.  But some just jump out at you screaming "I'm the best".  This one did just that.  Hiding behind another similar jacket that didn't hold a candle to this one.  Even the toggles are made of bone, not plastic or something else. And the special detail is the red material inside the pockets that just pop!  Black vertical ribbed wool.  Fully lined.  The most fascinating thing is that if you look very closely, you will see what looks like the remainder of paper under the soutache so the embroidery looks like it was hand assembled from a pattern placed on the jacket.  I have really no idea of the era.   Could be 1930's.  Could be 1960's.  I don't think it's newer than that.  Just seems to be of the quality only seen in older pieces. Interior pockets in the lining. Shown on the mannequin with 35" bust. You will NOT be disappointed by the quality of this piece.  

$ 565. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6


[ORDER ITEM - #7628]
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# 7628 - c. 1950's Polished Cotton Lavender and Blue Strapless Spring/Summer Dress!  This dress is so perfect for spring time if worn with a cardigan sweater, or perfect for summer! Beautiful large scale floral print in shades of lavender, blue and a soft green over a white polished cotton background. Fitted bodice with horizontal pleating in modified shelf bust construction. The skirt is gathered at the waistline for a very full silhouette. Shown with a crinoline for additional fullness (doesn't come with it). Metal zipper at the side seam. Measures:   34/35" bust, 28/29" waist, 30" long skirt.  There is a stiff thin crinoline attached which will need a bit of a hemming as it peeks out of hem at side. So pretty!!!  Excellent condition (someone had added a strap at some point, now gone... but there is a tiny remnant you can remove if you care.  Hardly seen.   

$ 345.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6



[ORDER ITEM - #7356]
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# 7356 - c. 1990's BADGLEY MISCHKA Gold Leather Jacket!  Oh my!!! This is exactly what you've always wanted without knowing it!  Dress up your jeans so fancy you can wear them on New Years Eve.  Wonderfully soft leather of a bright gold lame.  Cuffed sleeves.  Excellent condition.  Labeled size 2, but fits on the 35" bust mannequin. Still, there is no stretch or anything so best for you smaller gals.   LOVE it!!!! 

$ 565.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4


[ORDER ITEM - #11280A]
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# 11280A - c. early 1990's Jeanette for ST. MARTIN  "Circus" Beaded and Sequin Bolero!  As I said... highly beaded pieces are my guilty pleasure!!  Especially ones that are as much a piece of artwork as a garment.  I'm assuming some of you have the same passion. In 1993, Jeanette Kastenberg created Warner Bros. sequined evening jackets which sold for $2,000!!!  (I know from the 1993 article in New York Magazine). This is of equal quality as very square millimeter of this jacket is covered with sequins and beads in incredibly intricate design.   Excellent condition. (with just a few minor beads missing.   I have another up for sale with a PEACE theme, and one "Miro" art theme... this one I call "circus" for that crazy guy hanging upsidedown on the shoulder!  This oneis totally multicolored to wear with black I guess to let the jacket shine. Wear for a gala affair with ballgown, or with jeans for an evening out.  Closes with snaps at front.  Measures:  up to 32" bust, 19" long from shoulder to hem. Labeled size Petite.

$ 345.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE Petite XS
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[ORDER ITEM - #4301]
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# 4301- c. 1950's HARMAY Black Silk and Lace Dress with Copper Satin!  Direct from a wealthy woman's estate  comes this lovely black silk dress with black lace bodice over copper satin lining and waistband! Harmay... if you know the label, you will know that Geoffrey Beene was designer at this label in the 1950's.  A Beene dress?  Could be!   This dress Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 39" hips, 40" waist to hem with another 2+" hem.  Excellent condition!  Metal zipper at back.  No more words necessary.   

$ 485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8

 


[ORDER ITEM- #4417]
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#4417 - c. 1990's THIERRY MUGLER "Classic" Black Very Lightweight Wool Soft Suit! I put the word "classic" in quotes... as this is classic.... for Mugler!!! Always architectural in style, Mugler's fashions are destined for museums. No question...as they are already there.. even exhibited at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! I have a Mugler white jacket in my closet that I will not part with! You may feel the same way! Mugler suits originally sold for thousands of dollars. This Mugler suit is of a very lightweight wool (labeled peignee) ... so less stiff than some other Muglers. Wide padded shoulders, though not as wide as the 80's suits. Unlined (as usually for Mugler). Jacket snaps and buckles at front. Skirt snaps up back! I love the back of the jacket as well! Measures: 34-38" bust, 26" waist, up to 37" hips, 21" long skirt. Excellent condition.. though the waist seems to have been taken in one side about 1/2 inch.

$ 575. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7204]
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# 7204 - c. 1950's SHANNON RODGERS Dark Blue Patterned Silk Dress!  Larger Size!  From the same collection as a Philip Hulitar and Hattie Carnegie dress comes this pretty dark blue silk dress with tiny little red/white/pink/green print in a flattering style!  Wide square neckline, seaming under bust and at waist, 3/4 length sleeves.  Just the perfect 1950's shape!  From the Vintage Label Resource:  "The label “Shannon Rodgers for Jerry Silverman” was established in 1959. Rodgers previously designed for the movies and later worked with Silverman at Martini, a dress company that did adaptations of Paris designs. Rodgers and Silverman continued this practice in their designs and were known for their Americanized versions of Balenciaga designs."  This is one of the early dresses prior to the 1959 label.  And as you can see from the write-up, a very talented designer with impeccable skills. This dress Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 41" hips.  Excellent condition!  Metal zipper at back.  You could wear this dress today to dinner and look perfectly modern, or vintage it up with vintage accessories if you prefer.  Add a little cardigan sweater.  Fantastic.    

$ 345. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10/12

 


[ORDER ITEM - #6978]
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# 6978 - c. 1930's Off-White Crepe Beaded Bodice Gown!  Info coming!! Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 39" hips, 58 long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition with just a few, very minor, light spots (you shouldn't care... and won't see them unless you look over carefully).


[ORDER ITEM - #7619]
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# 7619 - c. 1990's EMANUEL UNGARO, Ombre de la Nuit, Paris mid-weight Wool Boucle "Chanel" Suit with Beading!  Oh come on... you can't tell me you would know if this as a Chanel suit or not?  It's SO Chanel!  Only those who know to look for the chain at inside back or some other telltale sign would even guess it wasn't.  Not that Ungaro is a shabby label!  Nope, frankly I used to covet Ungaro dresses in the 1980s as they were so figure flattering.   Well, enough about me.  So here's a black boucle textured suit with lovely frog decor at neckline, two tassel ties at neck, turned up cuffs, skirt with 3 adorable buttons at the lower side, classic 4 pocket boxy jacket and trimmed in ribbon, braid and beading!  This is the one suit you will go to again and again in your closet.  Wear the pencil skirt alone.  Wear the jacket with jeans.  You know.... Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 37/38" hips, 22" long skirt.  Excellent condition. 

$ 435.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4
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[ORDER ITEM - #7598]
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# 7598 - c. 1970's BOB MACKIE / RAY AGHAYAN Cotton Print and Lace Dress!  Who would think that this was a Bob Mackie????  Hard to believe, and yet.. it's true!  Just a pretty peasant dress (very 1970's!) for some fashionable young woman who knew already knew how fabulous Bob Mackie was way back when.  I would have loved to have this in my closet back in my younger years during the 70s.  Wear as you see it, or add a crinoline skirt for pouf, and/or where a wide leather belt with fringe (also very 70s!).  You can frill it up, or hippie it down.  Back zipper. Excellent condition... with a Great EARLY MACKIE Label!  Measures:  up to 34" bust, up to 25" waist, 28" long from waist to hem.  Invest in  the future Bob Mackie museum! :) 

$ 525.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2
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[ORDER ITEM - #7372]
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he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fbLoggedOut
he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fbLoggedOut
he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fbLoggedOut
he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fbLoggedOut
he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fbLoggedOut

# 7372 - c. 1970's MICHAEL NOVARESE Sequins on Paisley Evening Gown!  This is the kind of unexpected combination that I adore... paisley with sequins, or plaid evening gowns... just something out of the ordinary.  Most of the information on Michael Novarese comes from his obit (sadly).  He became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990.  He was elected into the Smithsonian representing American Designers from 1970-1980.  He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Delores Hope (Bob Hope's wife), Dinah Short and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration.  I also read that was also the couturier to Hollywood legends and MGM stars, ie Ann Miller, Lana Turner and singer Peggy Lee.... but little more information is found.  His clothes were custom made, so Couture, and RTW, but were all known for their hand-finished detail and fine fabrics.  His clothes sold for $1,200 - $4,000 in 1987, so that's $2,400 - $8,000 today! This gown would have been somewhere in the middle I would assume...   Very sexy with very low "V" neckline (showing great cleavage!) and very high front skirt slit!  The wide waistband is built-in as a "faux" belt.  Wonderful sparkle from the sequins all over the paisley.  Oh, and if you want to confirm the quality, just check out the incredible match of fabric print at back and slit!!!!  Mom always told me, to check for top quality, look for prints that match up at seams.  She was right... as always!  Measures: 34" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 36/37" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Much prettier in person... as the sparkles, sparkle! 

$ 785.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #11216]
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# 11216 - c. 1930's Cranberry Red Lace Gown with Rhinestone Belt and Circle Sleeves! LARGER SIZE!  OK, I don't really have a clue what to call these sleeves, but I wanted your attention so you don't think they are regular sleeves. They are a long oval circle and the dress is open at the side... so it's like sleeveless... with sleeves! :)  Figure that out!  Lovely gown with draping at front creating a little extra draping at the front bias skirt.  As you can see, you will need to wear a slip under (doesn't come with one).  You can wear nude or red or whatever color you like... each color will give a slightly different look.  Though this lace is fairly tight so you'll see less of the undergarment.   Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 35" waist, up to 43" hips.  The belt currently measures 39"... but it's easy to fix to your perfect waist size.  61" long from shoulder to hem.   Excellent condition.  If there are any leg breaks in the lace, I haven't found them!  But it's quite intricate, and with any lace dress you may need a few stitches here and there, but again, I can't find a thing wrong.. even the rhinestone buckle is excellent.  (Note: this is a "blueish red", not an "orange red". And please remember, It's 80 years old.    Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 545.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10 - 12
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[ORDER ITEM - #11217]
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# 11217 - c. 1930's Black Crepe Gown with Rhinestones with T-Back! I know this photo just looks like a black blob, but trust me, it's an interestingly tailored gown.  Look at the close-up and lightened photos to see for yourself.  Those ties around the upper back come around and become the belt!  Cool!  Measures: up to 34" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 36" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem (so it's for shorter gals).  Rhinestones are interspersed all over.  And that great "T" back!  Side snaps.  Excellent condition with the following exceptions:  1) There is a very light fade/spot at front of bodice middle which was likely from a pin or clip (so just use another), 2) the rhinestone buckle is needs rhinestones replaced.  But still looks fine as is, 3) as with many 1930's dresses, the seam thread has weakened over time, so best to get someone with a sewing machine to just go over all the seams.. especially at the back skirt as they have already come undone.  This is an EASY FIX.. but I don't have a sewing machine and I'm all thumbs so I would probably sew the dress to my finger!  Then I'd have blood all over your dress.  We don't want that!! ;)   Much prettier in person... as the sparkles, sparkle!     Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 585.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10 - 12
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[ORDER ITEM - #11166]
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# 11166 - c. 1971 COURREGES, Paris HYPERBOLE, Made in France Navy Blue Wool Jumper Dress with Original Belt!   I date this dress to 1971 as it has the Hyperbole label which was established in 1971, but the design of the jumper/dress looks more like the 60's, so... it may not be 1971, but it's close to that year.  Labeled 100% wool, but it's a lightweight wool.  Wear with or without a blouse/shirt under... or even a t-shirt.  Would look great either way.  Works as a jumper or a dress!  Excellent condition. Comes with the original belt... and that is the only issue.. there is some fading on the belt (see photos).  You can easily wear with an old white belt for another very Courreges look... oh, and don't forget your white go-go boots!  Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 42" hips.  You can wear this a bit larger than your measurements... doesn't have to fit tight.  These are the maximum measurements.  Priced to sell - below prices of similar Courreges dresses!!!  Thank the consignor!   ;)  Guaranteed genuine and original. 

$ 645.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8/10 ish
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[ORDER ITEM - #11211A]
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# 11211A - c. 1930's Horizontal Striped Open Knit Convertible Dress/Gown!  Don't get confused.  I'm only selling ONE dress here... but it's CONVERTIBLE!  As you can see, the first photo is a calf length dress.... and the other photo is a long gown length.  The dress is made to flip over and blouson at the slightly low waistline... and then when/if you want the gown length, you just pull down!  Voila!  This is SO modern, but it's from the 1930's.  SO different from what you normally see!!  It's not totally perfect condition... just needs a few very easy stitches at the neckline (see photos)... something I could probably do, but I'm a lousy seamstress, so best for me to leave it alone.  So the only REAL issue is one small spot at the low waistline (see photos). Don't know if it will come out, but it's really a small price to pay for this unique 1930's piece!  There may be some color bleed in one area of the edge of hem, but I'm not sure if it's a problem or original.  I photographed it.  Has an old "44" size label.  Measures:  Stretchy so hard to measure! 48" long from shoulder to hem hiked up, 57" long when pulled down. This could have been a beach cover-up.  Fairly open weave... just be aware!  Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 265.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6-10ish
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[ORDER ITEM - #7074]
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# 7074 - c. late 1940's / early 1950's Courtshire Fashion Navy Wool Suit with Padded Hips!   Museum Deaccession!  PLEASE check out the details of the upper jacket!  You can't see anything in this photo... and I've lightened most of the additional photos so you can see details and seaming.  OK??  I'll wait for you...... la...la....la...de... da.  OK.. you promise you looked????  Then we can go on.  Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 28/29" waist, up to 39" hips, 32" long from waist to hem.  There are 2 teeny moth holes from my least favorite bug (well... after mosquitos).  See photos.  One in one cuff and one on front near armhole.  Otherwise in Excellent condition.  Now for the great part of this suit... it has the classic late 1940's/ early 1950's padded hips to give that hourglass shape to the jacket!  Very Dior or Balenciaga or Irene at a fraction of the cost!

$ 385.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6ish
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[ORDER ITEM - #11150]
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# 11150 - c. 1930's 2-piece Black Crepe Gown with Bolero!  All Fringe!!! LARGER SIZE!  I love the fact that my mannequin was SO excited to wear this dress that she just couldn't stop from dancing... hence the tilted photo!!!  :)   OK, I lied.  I shot the photo late at night.  Obviously I was tired.  Anyway, it doesn't take away from the fabulousness of this dress!  Black crepe completely covered with VERY long black silk fringe all over the skirt... and the open fringe all over the separate bolero top!  You can wear with or without... or wear the bolero with something else.  LOVE the design in the fringe at the top front and back of bolero and on the waist to hip area around the skirt!!  Excellent condition.  Measures:  up to 42" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 44" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  There is a very strange chopped up label inside the waist of this dress.  Could have been the original label, or someone could have just used it as some material. Don't know. Doesn't seem to be any issues, so it's unexplainable.  Also Listed in 1850-1930s Category.  

$ 685. 
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Approx. - SIZE 10-12 ish
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[ORDER ITEM - #7478]
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# 7478 - c. 1950's HEINZ OESTERGAARD, Berlin (Germany) Gold Dress with Gold Metallic Polkadots!   If I could read German, I may find out more about Mr. Ostergaard, but this should suffice:  "He was considered one of the leading German fashion designer of the postwar period. After wins in Berlin, where he designed clothes for film stars such as Swedish actress/singer Zarah Leander and Austrian/Swiss actress Maria Schell, Oestergaard went to Munich in 1967 where he became the fashion manager."  This dress is a lovely gold heavy rayon (?) with gold metallic thread polkadots that shine in the light.  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!).  Side metal zipper.  When I purchased it, the skirt was hemmed up.  I removed it, so you will just need to get a professional steaming/pressing to remove the crease, or put back up to where it was hemmed. Looks great either way.  Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 29" waist, 48" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 585.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #7337]
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# 7337 - c. 1980's JACQUELINE de RIBES Black Silk Horizontal Stripe Dress with Rhinestone Ornaments!  There are times I wish I had "touch-o-vision" on this website.  The silk on this dress (both the lining as well!) is just SOOOOO luxurious!  They just don't seem to make fabrics like this anymore.   In July 2011, Vanity Fair Magazine voted Jacqueline de Ribes as one of the "International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame" recipients. She married to become a Countess and was well known as a style maker long before she became a designer. In 1983, the year she started her design firm, Town and Country magazine named her the “Most Stylish Woman in the World.”  Her line was luxurious, expensive and was well received, especially in the USA Her dresses sold for thousands of dollars when new, so no surprise that this has the "hand" it does.  Love the way the closures are hidden.  The zipper is actually in the pocket of the skirt, and then there are snaps across the waistline at front to create the wrap design.  Wide 1980's shoulders and cuffs.  Originally this dress probably had white removable collar and cuffs, as there are snaps inside, but they are no longer with the dress.  I love it without.  Don't miss them at all. Measures:  35/36" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 38" hips, 37" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 765.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #11159]
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# 11159 - c. 1980's CHANEL Red with Navy Trim Open Front 100%CASHMERE Sweater with Tie!  Made in Scotland!  Well, you can wait a few months and buy a new Chanel cashmere sweater for well over $3,000, OR you can buy it now before everyone else starts shopping for Fall and score!!  Perfect sweater to wear constantly.  No closures, just at the neck with CC gold button.  Cuffed sleeves.  Original cashmere tie (to wear a few different ways)... or even around your waist if you prefer to remove it from the back neck.  Wear the collar up or down.  Excellent condition with just one tiny spot found on the bottom of one pocket (see photos on the one pocket - last photo).  Will it come out?  Probably, but your shouldn't care too much.  This is a great piece!  Note:  The back isn't creased.. just needs a pressing.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, but looks great on the mannequin at 35" bust as well!  

$ 745.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6-10 ish
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[ORDER ITEM - #7394]
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# 7394 - c. 1950's Black Rayon Dress with Black Beads and Black Jet Dangles!  A perfect LBD for your closet.  The dress you will break out each and every time nothing else will do.  Sure to get compliments!  Black dress full of squiggles of black round beads with the occasional black jet bead drop in front and back.  Back metal zipper.  Lined with a fine cotton in the skirt and satin at the bodice.  There are belt loops (which can be used with a belt - doesn't come with one - or just cut them off).  I prefer this dress without a belt. But that's just me.   ;)  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 41" hips, 23" long from waist to hem.  You'll love it!  

$ 465.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8/10 ish
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[ORDER ITEM - #11162]
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# 11162 - c. late 1970's VALENTINO Boutique, Made in Italy Plaid Wool Skirt Suit!  Oh, come on.. look, I know that people don't wear a lot of suits these days, but you have to agree with me that this one is quite cute! Eh?  I have loved Valentino for my entire life... there's just something that "speaks to me".  The other is Yves Saint Laurent.  Anyway, you don't care about me... you care about my clothes! :)   This is a wool plaid (not too heavy!), with bias cut skirt (flatters most hips!) and short jacket with matching rope tie at collar.  Again... remember, you can wear each piece as a separate until you want to "go vintage" and start the trend back to fabulous suits!   Colors are muted and just perfect!  Measures:  up to 35" bust, 28" waist, 27" long from waist to hem.  Please note:  the style of the 1970s was snug across the back and underarms.  That's just the way items fit back then.  So best if you are a smallish back, and if you are under 35" bust... that's great! :)  Excellent condition. Note:  I added a bit of a crinoline under the skirt... doesn't come with it.  But I like the shape it creates! 

$ 385.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4/6



[ORDER ITEM - #7542]
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# 7542 - c. 1960's Bonwit Teller Private Label White Shantung Silk Open Front Dress!  WHAT????  I mean WHAT???????   This sweet little white silk shantung mod dress with little bow tie at neck is a perfect little sheathe dress.... WITH A TOTALLY OPEN FRONT TEARDROP!!!!  I'm getting cold just looking at it! :)  Perhaps it's because I now wear a size 32EE bra that I can't imagine anyone wearing this!  But then I think of Twiggy or some other waif and realize that it probably COULD be worn as is.  OR if you are a bit more modest, you could wear a tube top under and it will still be fantastic... and mod... and, well... certainly UNIQUE!  From Bonwit Teller (high end department store) from their Private Label collection.  Must have cost a pretty penny when new.  Though I don't think this was ever worn.. as it's still in remarkably near pristine condition (rare for a white dress!).. with just extreme hardly seen dust darkening on the shoulder seams from hanging around for 50 years.  Marked size 12, but that's an OLD size 12, though it measures up to 40" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 43" hips, and 37" long from shoulder to hem.....  Still I wouldn't wear this to fit... I'd wear it slightly large to wear more like an A rather than cling to your body.  Metal zipper at back. A great museum or private collection dress! Go try to find another!  :)   Very Courreges or Pierre Cardin.  

$ 645.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8-10
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[ORDER ITEM - #11165]
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# 11165 - c. 1960's COURREGES, Paris, Made in France Gray Wool Jumper Dress with Original Belt and Light Blue Leather Trim!   Another Courreges Jumper/Dress from one of my consignors.  This one, although great design, has some spots (I haven't tried to get them out... I sell "as is"... and a slight bit of fading of the leather trim -see photos... and the elastic at the waistline needs replacing as it's no longer elastic enough).  So... this brings the price down to well below prices of similar Courreges dresses!!!  Thank the consignor!   ;)  Guaranteed genuine and original.  Love the "v" armholes, the slit at the front bodice and the slits at the skirt sides.  Measures:  up to 36-38" bust (hard to measure as the sides are open), elastic waist, up to 41" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem.  Priced to sell.  

$ 285.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6999]
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# 6999 - c. 1990's ESCADA COUTURE Metallic Copper Flecked Silk/Wool Finely Textured Paisley Dinner Suit with Satin Trim with Jeweled Amber and Rhinestone Buttons!  You could easily spend $3500+ for this suit new.  Top of the line Escada Couture in a fantastic gold/bronze/copper dinner suit of a gold metallic thread flecked paisley silk/wool fabric in an incredibly fine embroidered, ever so slightly puffy material.  This is obviously a very expensive material!  The suit is trimmed with copper satin collar, turned up cuffs with bows, pockets and the uniquely beautiful edge of satin around the bottom of the jacket around to the back.. with another bow at "bustle" back!  Wear as separates (with a simple cashmere sweater with the skirt, or solid colored slacks with the jacket, but then when you need that perfect dinner suit... well..... you got it!  Excellent condition.  Measures:  38" bust, 30" waist of skirt, up to 39/40" hips (39" to sit comfortably), 22" long skirt from waist to hem, slightly padded shoulders.  Labeled size 42.  Fully lined.  Looks to have NEVER BEEN WORN. 

$ 765.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7365]
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# 7365 - c. 1980's VICTOR EDELSTEIN, London Black Velvet Gown with Champagne Colored Duchess Satin Swing Jacket Trimmed and Lined in Black Velvet!  I'm sure you've seen or heard of the Victor Edelstein midnight blue velvet gown worn by Princess Diana when dancing at the White House with John Travolta in 1985.  You know, the gown that sold for (at the time) a record price.  Well, this is not that gown, but this one is similar, and from the same era.... but this one comes with a KILLER evening swing jacket to make a great entrance!!  Under is a gown equally as beautiful as Diana's... perhaps even more so due to the draped neckline at back.  PLEASE look at all the photos.  The gown has a slight fishtail, fitted drop waistline, wide nearly off the shoulder neckline.  and the only other detail is at the shoulders, with a satin trim.   There is no closure on the jacket, it's just meant to be worn as you see. I'm sure this was incredible expensive when new, and it doesn't look like it was ever worn.  Excellent condition!!!  Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 38" hips, 44" long from natural waist to hem in front, 46" long in back. 32" long jacket. So... Diana's gown sold again for over $362,000 in 2013.  This one is less.  :) Oh, and the style is back "in"!  The red "gown" or "coat" below is by Alexis Mabille c. 2013.

$ 3,250.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #11180]
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# 11180 - c. 1970's EMILIO PUCCI, Made in Italy Hot Pink Cotton Velveteen Pants with Silk Pucci Print Blouse!  I confess, I tried this outfit on because, well... why wouldn't you?? :)  The pants fit really fabulously!!!  Back zipper, wide leg (but not too wide as it doesn't even overwhelm me a 5'2"), and WHAT a COLOR!!!   And then the blouse - which can be worn with the pants (though you might need to give your friends some sunglasses!) or with something else.  Mix and Match please!!!!!  And LOVE these two pieces.  The blouse fits in the traditional 1970's fit of slightly tight under the arms, so just a heads up, and has nice slightly puffed shoulders.  I'm a usual size 4 blouse and have narrow shoulders to best for someone like me.  The pants, I wear a 4/6 today and they are great (even on my hard-to-fit wide hips and smallish waist). Measures: Up to 36" bust,  29" long blouse shoulder to hem.  Pants are: 30" waist (best to be a bit smaller so you can breathe and move),  up to 39" hips,  29" inseam with 2" in hem. Excellent condition with just one minor spot on one knee (see photo).  

$ 645.  
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Approx. - SIZE 2/4 blouse - 4/6 pants
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[ORDER ITEM - #7096]
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# 7096 - c. 1950's ADELE SIMPSON Raspberry Linen Dress with Bolero Jacket!  Museum Deaccession!  First thing you should do is click on the photo at the left to see the last photo of the lining of the jacket!! Yup, it matches the silk striped bow at the front!  WILD!!!   Fantastic color linen.  Has the original belt still with the outfit (yeah!), but I guess that's what you get when you have a museum deaccession.  I should have given the skirt a bit more of a pressing.. so I apologize for that.  Please imagine the skirt with the correct slip under and pressed.  Measures:  38" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 39" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  Metal zipper at back is a bit sticky, so you'll want to use a bit of graphite (or I've read chapstick works!) on that.  I'm leaving as is as it still works. Excellent condition with just a few minor hard-to-see spots (I show one) and the only real issue is the spot on the bow (which looks like something that will dryclean out).   Priced with that in mind. 

$ 325.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #6890]
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# 6890 - c. 1930's MADE IN HUNGARY Cotton Gauze Bohemian Embroidered Blouse!  These blouses are known by quite a few different names:  Peasant, Folk, Hungarian, Czech, Bohemian, Boho, Embroidered, Smocked, Gauze, Ethnic,... I could go one... but whatever you call them, they are, as always, the perfect summer blouse to wear with a great pair of jeans or go total "peasant" with a long skirt.  This is one of the original older ones as you can tell from the "Made in Hungary" label.  BEAUTIFUL, vibrant colored embroidery and smocking!!  Measures:  up to 40" bust, 29-33" waist (smocked), but looks great on the 35" bust mannequin, so will fit smaller.   Excellent condition!!  Best for someone without incredibly wide shoulders.   Also Listed in 185-1930s Category.  

$ 385.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4-8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #11182]
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# 11182 - c. 1960's EMILIO PUCCI, Made in Italy Brown, Orange and Gray Print Signed Silk Jersey Dress!  Rare color combination for Pucci.  Brown, orange and gray in an almost Japanese woodblock look (or is it just me??).  Blouson elastic waist.  Tie at the collar can be worn open or tied up.  Missing the original belt, but any can be worn, or none.  Excellent condition.  Measures:  up to 44" bust, up to 40" waist, up to 50" hips,  27" long from waist to hem.  Labeled an old size 12, but obviously meant to be worn loose. But large enough to wear for those size 12 today. 

$ 435.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8 - 10/12
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# 11186 - c. 1960's EMILIO PUCCI, Florence - Italy Cotton Velveteen Mod Dress!  I look at this dress and immediately think of Megan in Mad Men.  Looks like something she would have worn (so much so that I keep thinking I actually saw her in this dress!), but perhaps I dreamed it?   Anyway, this is one of those coveted velveteen Pucci pieces.  Made exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue, Italy, I call it my "lighthouse prism" pattern.  Others may call it "Harlequin".  Love the simple A-line shape with so much going on in the BEST Pucci colors!  Excellent condition with just one tiny mark found (hardly seen) and the fact that the zipper works, but it's very stiff.  Measures:  up to 35/36" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 38" hips, 37" long from shoulder to hem.  Looks great on the size 6 mannequin... and on me!!  So if a Mad Men party pops up, I might have to wear this myself!  Don't forget the dangling round drop earrings and chunky sandals or pumps. 

$ 845.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #11189]
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# 11189 - c. 1960's COURREGES, PARIS, Made in France Cotton Pique Shirtwaist Dress! NEAR MINT CONDITION!  I don't think this dress was ever worn which is so key especially for a white dress!  I just love it!  The print evokes Jonathan Livingston Seagall with that stylized bird and wavy sandsdunes (or have I just overdosed and I'm high on chocolate??).   Looks like Lilly Pultizer stole from Courreges... or do you think it was the other way around??  The most fascinating thing about this dress is that there are matching white buttons that open at the sides of the skirt, as well as the long slit at the front of the dress under the last button, so I figure this dress was designed to be worn a bit open over some shorts... perhaps for hostessing!  So this dress can easily go from Donna Reed (1960's classic housewife) to the swingin' 60's Petula Clark by just wearing oversized white sunglasses and white gladiator go-go boots!   Measures:  up to 37" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 42" hips, 42" long from shoulder to hem.  As you can see, it looks great on my mannequin of 35/25/36, so just by cinching in the waist, a smaller gal can wear it.   Comes with that original matching tie belt.   Excellent condition. 


$ 645.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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[ORDER ITEM - #11161]
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# 11161 - c. 1980's GUY LAROCHE Boutique, Paris, Made in France Wool Challis Print Dress with Matching Belt!  I hate selling busy prints because they are so hard to photograph so you can see the details.  Yes, this dress DOES have a matching belt (see close up photos).  Also has shoulder pads so it's from the bright great 1980's.  Wear as is, or break up the pattern with a cardigan sweater or jacket or something.  I actually like this fun print!  Looks like it's marked size 42.  According to Wikipedia: "Laroche began his career in millinery and, from 1949, Laroche worked for Jean Desses and eventually became his assistant. In 1955, he visited the US to investigate new ready-to-wear manufacturing methods. 1956 or 1957, he founded a high-fashion atelier at 37 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris. In his first collection that was favorably received, he reintroduced vibrant colors such as pink, orange, coral, topaz and turquoise." Yup.... VIBRANT colors!!!   Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 32-24" waist, (belted), up to 46" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition.  Lined skirt area.

$ 235.  
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Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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[ORDER ITEM - #7077]
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# 7077 - c. 1957-1962 HELGA Wool Dress with Windowpane Print and Matching Jacket with Reverse Colored Scarf!  MUSEUM DEACCESSION! Fashionistas in "the know" know  Helga, but even the museum this came from was unsure of the exact year!  It was dated 1962, and then someone decided it was 1957! So... I'll just leave it as a range.  Then I can't be too wrong! :)  "Established in 1947 by Walter Oppenheimer and his wife Helga Kallman Oppenheimer. Walter managed the business while Helga designed.  Based first in San Francisco, they moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s.  The business closed in 1986.  Helga's elegant suits, cocktail dresses and formal gowns relied on the lustrous silk and wool fabrics she found on twice-annual jaunts to Europe where she sought out her prized fabrics in France, Italy, Britain and Switzerland.  She always attended the Paris couture shows, even when the economy discouraged most from buying the pricey custom-made clothing. If her line and her company had to be described with a single word, Helga would want it to be "fabric." She rarely used synthetics, preferring Jacquard woven silks and velvet or chiffon, wool jerseys, double-faced flannels, gabardines, crepes and mohair. A classy and classic designer, Helga eschewed trendiness and was admired for gentle, comfortable shapes and wardrobe-building colors.  Her precisely tailored day dresses, trim little suits and coats, flowing cocktail dresses and billowing ball gowns were much in demand among the carefully fitted fashions of the 1950s, '60s and '70s."  This dress with matching jacket and reversed scarf is a classic Helga design.  Wool with likely mohair in the windowpane fabric, it's as elegant as you can find.  Something Jackie Kennedy would have worn. Measures:  up to 35" bust, 25-27" waist, up to 38" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem. Nylon zipper at back.  Excellent condition... just a bit "tired" label inside.

$ 385.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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AUTHENTIC -"MAD MEN"
Worn by January Jones/Betty Draper


[ORDER ITEM - #7591]
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# 7591 - c. 1960's Ben Barrack / Bonwit Teller 2-piece Silk Florla Dress Worn by JANUARY JONES as BETTY DRAPER in Episode of "MAD MEN"!   YES... this is THE dress worn by January Jones in the AMC's TV show Mad Men! It's a sleeveless dress with matching bolero jacket with button front and wrap over tie.  3/4 length sleeves on jacket.  Excellent condition, but the dress has been altered to fit January's tiny body, and that's the beauty of this dress, not a drawback.   It was taken in at the back zipper and hemmed up.   The material feels great.... as you'd expect from a dress originally sold at Bonwit Teller.  The costumers are the BEST on this show, so they scour vintage clothing stores to find EXACTLY what they want.  This was one.  It was rented from a costume shop for the shoot and returned to them, and I purchased for YOU from them.  HOW could I RESIST?????   I'm a total fan of the show, and love January's portrayal of Betty.  Having stood near January Jones back in 2010 myself, I know just how tiny she is ... and this dress measures:  32" bust, 24" waist, up to 36" hips (no give in this fabric!) so you want to be a size 00, 40 long shoulder to hem.  Slightly short waisted.  Comes with the hangtag from the costumer and a COA from Antiquedress.com.  Excellent condition (tailored). There is VERY little memorabilia from Mad Men available!  This dress was worn ON the TV Show! Also  Listed in the Memorabilia Category.  

$ 1,845.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 00
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[ORDER ITEM - #11154]
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# 11154 - c. early 1960's All Net Bugle Beaded Openwork Gown! LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER IN PERSON!!  Gown #2 from the estate of a woman who wore only the best.  One of her other gowns has the label of "Carlota Alfaro, San Juan, Puerto Rico".  Ms. Alfaro is a top high fashion designer specializing in haute couture, and is known as "Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion" and was sold in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue back when those stores were the most fashionable!  So you have to know that this woman spent quite a bit of money on her gowns.  Especially the ones she wore at the Captain's Table when on cruises with her husband... and this was one of those. This gown is a completely sheer net covered with silver bugle beads and rhinestones, and as you can see (if you look at the close-up photos), there are opening in the netting so "beaded cutwork" I guess you'd have to call it.  Obviously originally it came with an underdress (unless this woman was sexier than Cher!).  Sadly the underdress is gone, but I'm sure it's easy to get a new one... I just wish we had the original as it would have had a top designer label, I'm sure. I'm assuming there was a ribbon tie at the slightly empire waistline as well... so I'm just showing a possibility of what it might have looked like (doesn't come with it). Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 37" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem. This is an 8 pound gown!!!!  Just sayin' :)  Doesn't look it.. but IT IS!   

$ 1,250.  
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Approx. - SIZE 6 Short
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[ORDER ITEM- #11152]
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# 11152 - c. early 1960's All Gold Bugle Beaded Fringed Gown! OH MY!  This gown came to me from the estate of a woman who wore only the best.  One of her other gowns (to go up soon) has the label of "Carlota Alfaro, San Juan, Puerto Rico".  Ms. Alfaro is a top high fashion designer specializing in haute couture, and is known as "Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion" and was sold in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue back when those stores were the most fashionable!  So you have to know that this woman spent quite a bit of money on her gowns.  Especially the ones she wore at the Captain's Table when on cruises with her husband... and this was one of those. This gown is completely covered in millions of tiny gold bugle beads (ok, I might be exaggerating, but I'm NOT counting them!)... on the gown itself, and then those are covered with gold beaded tiered fringe!!  The gown weighs over 6 pounds!!  Fully lined. Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips, 53" long as is, but there is an additional 5" that could be found in the hem.  Back metal zipper. There are beads missing, but you have to look very hard to see that... except for the hem where it's a bit more obvious (see photo) in one area.  However, there are loads of beads to be harvested in the hem and in the seams to make like new!  As beautiful as you think it's gonna be! 

$ 1,850.  
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Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM- #6933]
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# 6933 - c. 1964 NORMAN NORELL, New York Black Silk Crepe 2-piece "Dress" with Back Buttons! Museum Deaccession!  Calling all classic lovers!  If you're the kind of gal who would kill to look like Jackie Kennedy in her heyday, well, then you should love Norman Norell fashions.  The museum dated this 1964, so I guess they know more than I.  I'm showing a Norman Norell dress worn by Mrs. Kennedy in 1961 that has a similar feel.  Excellent condition, ready to wear to your next meeting with a head of state! :)  Just don't forget your pillbox hat.   OR if you are more modern, just haul out the patent leather black boots and wow them!  Measurements coming. 

$ 585.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #7242]
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# 7242 - c. 1950's GRENELLE ESTEVEZ Blue and Green Brocade Dress! Classic color combination from the 1950's and 1960's.  Coming back into favor!  Love the sweetheart neckline and the wrap skirt front and back with the bows also front and back at the waist!  Cap sleeves. Side metal zipper.  Excellent condition!  Measures:  34" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 42" hips, 42" long from shoulder to hem.  Side metal zipper.   

$ 585.  ORDER 

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[ORDER ITEM - #5853]
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# 5853 - c. early 1980's AFFINITY KNITWEAR, Made in England "Plaid" Mohair Dress!  I know this is early 1980's as I had a silk 2-piece dress almost exactly the same shape.  I wore it as often as I could as I loved it... even wore it to meet a well-known Hollywood STAR (one of the highlights of my life!) who I had a crush on years prior.  No, I can't use his name, but it made me feel incredibly special!  OK, enough about me... back to this dress... it's a wool mohair with slightly dropped waist that can be worn blouson or not.  Buttons up the front. Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 52" hips, 49" long from shoulder to hem.  As you can see, it ties at the waist with the matching rope tie.  The collar is wide and ruffly and has an extra piece to create a tie at collar.  Not sure exactly how it's supposed to be worn there, but you can just tie or wear under the collar if you prefer not to see ties.   It's a fairly thick knit, so don't be wearin' this in the heat! :) Excellent condition.   

$ 185.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #7504]
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# 7504 - c. 1970's/1980's JILL RICHARDS Black Jersey One Shouldered Gown! When she launched her first collection in 1970, Ms. Richards joined a small group of Los Angeles designers who helped expand the California market beyond swimsuits and shorts. She made evening gowns and special-occasion clothes in such luxury fabrics as silk, velvet and lace.  She said she learned the basics about style while working as an actress in her 20s.  Richards' client list glittered with socialites and movie stars, including Nancy Reagan when she was first lady of California in the 1970s and actress Victoria Principal in the 1980s. Richards' designs were sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and other specialty stores. Richards closed her fashion business in the mid-1990s.  This gown is probably late 1970's - early 1980's... it has the sleek 70s body-hugging shape, and yet has the 1980's large flounces.  One shouldered sexy shape!! Side zipper.  Ruched bodice.  Side slit.  Measures:  up to 34" bust, up to 26/27" waist, up to 40" hips, Tulip shape hem at front, 60" long at back. Excellent condition, however, there is a hole... it's 12" from the hem, but close to the edge. It's lined in a black fabric, but it's still seen.  So... as it's impossible to hide it in jersey, you may want to get a bit creative and scatter a few rhinestones on the gown, or applique tiny black circles and a very scattered design along that front skirt.  I'm sure you can figure a way to hide that hole and allow you to be thrilled with the fact that your body is gonna look... yes, I'm gonna say that word I hate to say as it's so overused... "amazing".  Priced to sell!!  Less than I spent to buy it!  Don't let that little issue bug you! 

$ 285.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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#5707 - c. 1965 EXTREMELY RARE Iconic André Courrèges Lunette "Eskimo" (or "Eclipse" or Slit") White Sunglasses! Museum Worthy! Unbelievable!!!   NOTE:   I've contacted a few museums to check on the authenticity of these glasses, and have found that there were a few slightly different versions (in various museums), some with the grommets, some without.  So I went on a hunt for photos to PROVE the ones with grommets are just as Original!  Check out the photos of 1960's top model Jean Shrimpton in these glasses... and, oh my GOD... artist Salvatore Dali wearing these Courreges glasses with grommets!!!! FANTASTIC!!!!!   I had not one, not two or even three... but 8 pairs of these extremely rare sunglasses of old store stock left in a box - untouched in over 40+ years!!!! (OK,  I touched one just to take the photograph and to look it over... and yes, try it on - who could resist!).  Mint condition!  IN THE ORIGINAL BOX which stamped with "Made in France" and handwritten in pencil, "8 pieces Courreges".  The glasses are each still wrapped in a plastic wrap, and laying in waiting.  Who knew they'd be waiting so long!!!   A lightweight, softish white plastic with writing on the inside of the glasses (or at least the one I opened) with a Patent number and the word "Depose" embossed in the plastic and the word "Courreges" in silver on the exterior earpiece.

I WAS selling these glasses complete in the box for one price... or each separately (as I know there will be many who don't need/want all 8 pair).  But one pair has already SOLD, so the complete box is no longer available.  But as you purchase each separately, at least you know they came from ONE previous owner and are all original to this one store stock box! I will give you a COA from Antiquedress.com stating that with a photo of the original box on that COA.

$ 975. each pair  ORDER   6 Pairs Still Available.



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# 6803 - c. 1960's RARE Mod Designed by PALLE WIKSTROM for BEVELL, Sweden Black Plush and Black Leather Trimmed 2-piece Apres Ski Pants Suit!  From the Estate of DORIS DUKE!  If you don't know Doris Duke, you are young... otherwise you would likely have heard of "the richest little girl in the world" whose father,  a tobacco baron, died in 1925 and left his 12-year-old daughter $25 million (remember this is 1925 money... about $2 billion today!).  A few of her garments went up for auction, and I scooped this piece up!  I adore sporting pieces!!   This one is probably more of an apres ski outfit (as it's not waterproof), but certainly could have been worn on the slopes.  It's a black heavy soft plush fabric trimmed in black leather.  Zips up the front. Love the leather zip front on the pants! Leather trim on the lower legs and wrists as well.  Wear the collar up or down (probably a hook/eye missing, but that's about the only issue!!!).  I tried the pants on ... they are SOOOO soft and cuddley!!!  I didn't want to take them off.  Feels like you're wearing a teddy bear!!   Measures: up to 38" bust, 17" across back between armseams, up to 28" waist (measures 31" waist, but trying on, this seemed best), up to 39" hips, 13" waist to crotch, 43" long outer leg, 32" inseam, 25" long sleeves.  NOTE:  Doris Duke was 6'1" tall!!!!  So these are long pants!!!   Possibly made especially for Ms. Duke, as there were few women THAT tall.  Great for a display or to wear.  Excellent condition!  There is a bit of strange stitching inside the hem of the jacket, but the exterior seems to be correct, so whatever.  This Emma Peel in plush! ;) 

$ 1,385.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6/8 Tall
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AUTHENTIC -Liza Minnelli
Worn Dress!

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# 7533 - c. 1980's ANDRE VAN PIER Silver Swarovski Crystals and Silver Beaded Dress!  Worn by Liza Minnelli!  Here's the sad story of Andre Van Pier, a designer who reached the pinnacle in the celebrity fashion industry in the 1980s, and died alone and broke and buried by the State in an unmarked grave in August 2008.  I'm sure at some point there will be a movie made of his life. Perhaps best known for creating Dustin Hoffman's red sequined gown for Tootsie, his clients included Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, etc!  His crystal sequined bras (just a BRA!) would retail for $1,400 (nearly $3,000 today).  So this would have been well.. over $10,000 today??   Attached on the dress is a hand signed tag from Andre Van Pier with Liza Minnelli's name!!!  You can just image Liza Minnelli in this, but I have not yet found any photos of her wearing it. ;(   Excellent condition... maybe 7 rhinestones missing (see photo) on shoulder (you can purchase loose rhinestones online!).  Lined in striped sheer silk.  Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli.   There's nothing much more sparkly than a dress made of all silver Swarovski crystals (really Swarovski!).  I only wish I had movies imbedded in this website so you can see the sparkles as you move!  I added two photos of me in a Swarovski Crystal dress from the 1980's (worn in 2010) so you can see just how it will sparkle at your event!!!!   Sold at the Martha boutique (highend!), this dress still has the original tag attached!!  Guess Liza only wore it for a short time, and it was so expensive that it might have been retuned to the store.  Not sure.  Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli, along with the Andre Van Pier hand written and signed tag!! Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 38" hips, 36" long from shoulder to hem.  Also Listed in the LIZA Category. 

$ 3,500.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 7546 - c. 1950's SCHIAPARELLI, Paris, New York Black Prong-Set Rhinestone Evening Sweater!  I have NEVER seen one of these Schiaparelli sweaters before.  If you click on this sweater, you will see additional photos, as well as the last photo showing the usually found Schiaparelli rhinestone sweaters (cardigans).   The difference is that those have a label "Styled by Schiaparelli".  This has a actual Schiaparelli label!!  And those others don't hold a candle to the megawatt rhinestone sparkle of this piece!!  All the rhinestones, big and small, are prong-set and riveted at the back (see the interior photo).  The neckline is beautifully wide and rounded as an evening sweater should be.  The rhinestones are all over the front, back and sides, leaving just the ribbed bottom and cuffs.  Excellent, sparkly condition!   It's a size Medium (though not labeled), but a bit too large for my normally small sweater body.  Wider shoulders than mine are necessary to keep it from falling off the shoulder... or... that's sexy! :)  I guess upon inspection, there is one rhinestone missing from the upper back... so you can replace with something or leave be.  This is the ultimate in designer rhinestone sweaters!  

$ 895.  RESERVED 

Approx. - SIZE Medium
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# 6994 - c. 1960's Gene Shelley, Made in Hong Kong Black Knit Dress with Gold Beading, Sequins and Faux Pearls!  Larger Size!  So if you're like me (of a "certain age") you can't believe these young women wear these skin baring dresses to parties without freezing to death!   Or you need to wrap yourself in 3 pashminas so you end up looking like a mummy. If this sounds like you, and you want to find a dress that's warm enough (but not too warm incase you get a hot flash), and feels like a comfy sweater (as the base is a black knit!), yet still looks fantastic.. well... yup... here's the answer!  These Gene Shelley Made in Hong Kong dresses were extremely popular in the 1960s for these very reasons.   This will end up as your "go to" dress.  Trust me!  3/4 length sleeves leaves you plenty of room for bracelets.  The wide beaded neckline is pretty enough without needing a necklace.  Gold beads and sequins with faux pearls in a "branch" design front and back.  And there are all over gold beads throughout for a little extra sparkle.  Metal zip at back.  Perfection... Excellent condition! Stretches so will fit a variety of bodies.  Stretching, I got up to 43" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 43" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem.

$ 435.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8-12/14
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# 7487 - c. early 1990's ST. MARTIN+ by Jeanette "PEACE" Beaded, Sequin and Pearl Bolero!  I hate selling this!  I know... but highly beaded pieces are my guilty pleasure!!  Especially ones that are as much a piece of artwork as a garment.  I'm assuming some of you have the same passion. In 1993, Jeanette Kastenberg created Warner Bros. sequined evening jackets which sold for $2,000!!!  (I know from the 1993 article in New York Magazine). This is equally as beautiful (if not more) than those jackets.  Every square millimeter of this jacket is covered with sequins, beads, pearls in incredibly intricate design... with the word "PEACE" seen 4 times... front, back and sleeves. Near MINT condition.  I don't know how she does it, but these beads/sequins just don't seem to fall off!  Guess that's one of the reasons for the original high price tag.  I have another up for sale with a modern art theme.  This one is obviously multicolored and will match pretty much any color you want to wear with... or pair with jeans for an evening out.  Closes with hooks/eyes at front.  Measures:  up to 34" bust (will fit 35" just), 18" long from shoulder to hem.  Shoulder pads (but they aren't jarring). Labeled size Small.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 1,485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE Small (size 2-6)
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# 7532 - c. 1980's ANDRE VAN PIER Silver Sequin Sexy Statuesque Slit Gown!  OK... for your big night out... when you KNOW you just want to knock 'em dead! I guarantee you won't see anyone else in a gown like this!  If you don't know Andrew van Pier, he was a top celebrity designer of the 1980s.  Sadly, his career was short lived, perhaps due to the lowering of quality... well, that's my theory anyway... only because I have some of his TOP quality, obviously originally very expensive pieces (a few I have for sale were worn by Liza Minnelli... and others were worn by the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, etc. )... and then I have this gown, which is not of the top quality you might expect from Mr. Van Pier... even though I assume this gown was still quite expensive when new.  Sold at the Martha boutique (highend!), this gown still has the original tag attached!  So it was never worn.  It's labeled TALL, which is true!  The entire gown is covered with flat silver sequins and trimmed in a thin silver material that resembles leather from a distance. There is a LONG slit up the front leg and very thin spaghetti straps.  You'll need a great body, and/or great low bra for this gown.   Measures: 35/36" bust, 26"- 30" waist, 36"- 42" hips (stretches!), 63" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition, but with most sequin pieces, some sequins have fallen off (see the last few photos to see the 2-3 worst)... you can easily replace (or have a tailor do it) by using the many sequins left inside the seams. There is no sequin problem at the front mid-bodice... you're just seeing a light reflection. Comes with COA.  Dress like a female mirror ball! :)  

$ 325.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 10  TALL
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# 7559 - c. 1950's ORIGINAL by RUDOLF Black All Ruched Dress! Do you know how happy I get when I find dresses like this??  I do a little "happy dance" in my head.  Only you vintage lovers (or other collectors) will understand that! I adore ruching.  And then I love dresses that look like Audrey Hepburn should be wearing it. The detailing of the seaming is what truly sets this dress a notch above the rest. I hope you can see it on your monitor... oh and the little black satin bow at front is an added bonus touch. Black silk crepe.  Excellent condition.  Measures:  35" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 39" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem (with 3" hem turned under).  Back metal zipper at back. 

$ 965.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 7487 - c. early 1990's ST. MARTIN+ by Jeanette "Joan Miró" Beaded and Sequin Bolero!  As I said... highly beaded pieces are my guilty pleasure!!  Especially ones that are as much a piece of artwork as a garment.  I'm assuming some of you have the same passion. In 1993, Jeanette Kastenberg created Warner Bros. sequined evening jackets which sold for $2,000!!!  (I know from the 1993 article in New York Magazine). This is equally as beautiful (if not more) than those jackets.  Every square millimeter of this jacket is covered with sequins and beads in incredibly intricate design... in what I have to assume is inspired by Joan Miró's paintings.  Near MINT condition.  I don't know how she does it, but these beads/sequins just don't seem to fall off!  Guess that's one of the reasons for the original high price tag.   I have another up for sale with a PEACE theme...    This one is a white sequin background with iridescent yellow, red, and blue sequins with black bugle beads creating the lines. Wear for a gala affair with ballgown, or with jeans for an evening out.  Closes with snaps at front.  Measures:  up to 35" bust, 18" long from shoulder to hem.  May have had shoulder pads, but they aren't there now, and aren't missed. Labeled size Medium. 

$ 865.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE Medium (size 4-8)
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# 7534 - c. 1980's ANDRE VAN PIER Silver Swarovski Crystals and Silver Beaded Tank Top!  Wanna sparkle???  There's nothing much more sparkly than a tank top made of all silver Swarovski crystals!! I only wish I had movies imbedded in this website so you can see the sparkles as you move!  I added two photos of me in a Swarovski Crystal dress from the 1980's (worn in 2010) so you can see just how it will sparkle at your event!!!!   If you don't know Andrew van Pier, he was a top celebrity designer of the 1980s.  Sadly, his career was short lived, perhaps due to the lowering of quality... well, that's my theory anyway... only because I have some of his TOP quality, obviously originally very expensive pieces (a few I have for sale were worn by Liza Minnelli... and others were worn by the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, etc. )... and THIS is one of the GOOD ones!!  Sold at the Martha boutique (highend!), this top still has the original tag attached!  So it was never worn.  The entire top is covered with Swarovski crystals (really.... I know everyone says that these days, but there is a COA that comes with this top that specifically states that!) and silver bugle beads. Excellent condition (I see only 3 crystals missing from the very top of shoulder (see photo).  Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 42" hips, 27" long from shoulder to hem.  I'm sure this cost over $2,000 new!  Hell, his Swarovski crystal bras sold for $1,400 ($3,000 in today's dollars)!  Lined in striped silk (no label on this top, but comes with COA confirming Andre Van Pier). The perfect top for an evening out on the town!  Enjoy the attention!! 

$ 835.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10 
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# 5848 - c. 1980's JEAN MUIR, London, Made in England Purple Jersey Print Button Front Dress! Additional Saks Fifth Avenue Label!  After studying jersey and knitwear at Jacqmar and Jaeger, Jean Muir started the label Jane & Jane, and in 1966 started Jean Muir Ltd. According to Vintage Label Resource:  "Muir particularly liked working in soft, flowing fabrics: jersey, wool crêpe, silk satin, and soft leathers and suedes. Fluidity was particularly important to Muir who ensured comfort in all her clothes. Muir had a reputation for perfectionism and exacting standards in all aspects of production. Her clothes were emancipated, flowing, and had a timeless quality to them." Yup, that just about sums up this dress!  Pretty color purple jersey with decorative squiggles of color. Clear buttons down front with wide shoulders and feminine bow tie at collar.  Wear with or without a belt (no belt included). Labeled size 6 US, 8 UK.  The matching collection dress is currently for sale elsewhere for $725. An interesting fact about her pieces - each of her dresses were made one at a time and by one single person start to finish.  Excellent condition with just two small spots (see photos) found. Measures:  up to 38" bust, 45" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 385.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 10
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# 7567 - c. 1990's Navy Jersey Off-Shouldered Grecian Gown!  LARGER SIZE! So you adore the white jersey ruched gown above, but don't want to spend that much?  Or you don't need/want to wear white?  Well... here's your alternative!  A dark navy blue jersey ruched gown with slightly off the shoulder neckline and criss-crossed ruched bodice ending in a wonderful drape down the front of the gown.  If you look very closely at the fabric (especially seen in the back photos) you will see a light striping in the fabric which goes in a horizontal pattern in the back and diagonally at the front.  You won't see it at all under most lights.  The fabric also has a bit of a sheen to it.  Back zipper. Measures:  42" bust, up to 32" waist ,up to 42" hips, 62" long from shoulder to hem... and this is quite stretchy, so will stretch even more if you need it! 


$ 435.  
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Approx. - SIZE 12/14 - TALL
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# 11117 - c. 1950's HELENA BARBIERI "Sabrina" / "Givenchy" Green Silk Gown! So if your favorite gown of all time is the same as mine.... the Givenchy gown Audrey Hepburn wore in the movie "Sabrina", then you will understand why I just HAD to offer this gown for sale on my website, even though the condition isn't what I would normally allow. It's all about the straight sheathe under the flowing overskirt!!!  Just makes my heart go pitter-patter. And Helena Barbieri is a great higher end department store label from the 1950s. So now to wait while you look at the photos of the problems... click on the photo at left to see... there is a wide length around the hemline that has waterspotting, and there is one area at lower side skirt that has 4 holes :(.  The only other issues are minor tiny spots of discolorations in the green silk (those are forgivable!).  As for the bodice, I'm not sure if it's meant to be worn as I've shown in most photos in an asymmetrical design (I believe that's right), but can also be worn straight across the bodice (see 5th photo of gown).  The skirt front is of a "tulip" design. LOVE this style!!!! So if you can deal with the problems....  Measures: 36" bust, up to 27" waist, 44" long.   Zipper back. So if you're a genius, you can try getting cleaned, but if that doesn't work...consider black applique design around hemline to cover the waterspots and holes. Then add black velvet ribbon to the bodice or straps or waist or something to make it all look like it's meant to be (see the others for inspiration!).  Get creative and you have a fantastic gown! 

$ 365.   ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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AUTHENTIC -Liza Minnelli
Worn Dress/Jacket!

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# 7527 - c. 1980's ANDRE VAN PIER Electric Blue Swarovski Crystal Dress with "T" Neckline and Matching Jacket!  Worn by Liza Minnelli!  Here's the sad story of Andre Van Pier, a designer who reached the pinnacle in the celebrity fashion industry in the 1980s, and died alone and broke and buried by the State in an unmarked grave in August 2008.  I'm sure at some point there will be a movie made of his life. Perhaps best known for creating Dustin Hoffman's red sequined gown for Tootsie, his clients included Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, etc!  His crystal sequined bras would retail for $1,400 (nearly $3,000 today). And there is a $3,000 price tag still on one of the lesser quality gowns I have to sell which means over $6,000 today with inflation.  THIS outfit is the BEST I got!  Matching blue Swarovski  dress and jacket.  I'm sure this would have cost well over $20K new!  Check out the photos of the dress alone... basically a strapless dress with "T" necklace attached.   Zips up the back on a 34" bust.  36" long from shoulder to hem. The 24" long jacket is open at front, meant to be worn as you see.  Padded shoulders.  You can just image Liza Minnelli in this, but I have not yet found any photos of her wearing it.  Excellent condition... maybe 10 beads missing throughout the whole thing!  Both lined in striped sheer silk.   Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli.    Also Listed in the LIZA and Memorabilia Categories. 

$ 10,000  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 11114 - c. 1930's Ivory and Gold/Silver Woven Metallic Gown! Once again I wish I had studied fashion in college so I would know all the names of the fabrics.  Alas, I just sound like an idiot when I call this "woven metallic gown".  Sorry.  But if you look at the close-up photos, you can get a pretty good idea of what this is... and you can tell me!  It's a medium weight ivory fabric with gold metallic threads throughout creating an overall design.  Really lovely.  There are some minor issues that are the last 5 photos.   There is extreme minor pulling at the seam in one spot, and one area of the skirt that looks like it might have had a too hot iron, so slightly darker, and then the rolled over fabric at the underarms has oxidized so has turned green there, but in the last photo, I show that if you "redesign" the underarms slightly with a simple fabric turning, the most all of the green can be hidden under. Or remember, this is underarms, so unless you are dancing with your arms over your head, it's not generally seen. Buttons at back. Measures:  35" bust, up to 30" waist, 57" long from shoulder to hem.  Looks nicer in person than in the photos as it will shine!  Also Listed in 185-1930s Category.  

$ 385.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 7326 - c. 1950's White Linen Dress with Sheer and Lace Bodice and Cap Sleeves! Larger Size! I'd kill for this to fit me!  Ok... perhaps that's a bit extreme, but you larger gals (and when I say larger, I mean those who don't have the vintage size 2 bodies!), lucky you!  Measures:  41" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 40" hips, 26" from waist to hem, and seems to be a bit long waisted (so you short-waisted gals should likely need to know this). White linen dress with seamed waist and Va-Va-Voom "Jessica Rabbit" bodice topped with so pretty white lace flowers on a sheer nude yoke - so from afar you will look ...well... I think you can figure that out.  And then it makes those white cap sleeves look like they are floating in mid-air!!  What a great design!!!  There is a opaque nude fabric to cover the breasts so you don't have to worry about showing too much. But you will need a low-back bra with nude or sheer straps. Back metal zipper.  Excellent condition BUT you will see in the second to last photo that there is a bit of very light yellowing down the sides of the dress.  I didn't see that under I photographed the dress under the bright lights. 

$ 485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 12
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# 11111 - c. 1950's SOPHIE ORIGINAL, Saks Fifth Avenue Black Textured Silk Swing Coat with Bright Green Lining!  Originally hired as a stylist for Saks by Adam Gimbel, in 1929 Sophie was asked to take over the Salon Moderne of Saks Fifth Avenue.  In her role as lead fashion designer, she often traveled to Paris to purchase clothes from designers. She married her boss, Adam Gimbel in 1931.  Salon Moderne was not particularly successful or prestigious prior to her arrival. but Sophie designed costumes for Broadway to generate interest and bring in new business. She created many ready-to-wear fashions and is credited with introducing culottes (divided skirts) to the American market.  Gowns designed by Gimbel were known for their simplicity, elegance, and use of expensive fabrics.  She designed elegant haute couture dresses and gowns for an exclusive clientele, including a red coat and dress for First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson  to wear at Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration.   Great dinner coat of a fancy textured black silk in a great swing style!  Patch pockets and a collar to wear up or a bit more open.  Very good to Excellent condition... the only issues are inside... there are some yellowish minor spots on the electric green lining (see photos).... and needs a pressing!  Measures:  up to 48" bust, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  3/4 length sleeves.  This is meant to be worn large, so really best for sizes 6-10. 

$ 265.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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# 7445 - c. 1950's WERLE, Beverly Hills Nude Chiffon and Ecru Lace Dress!  I find that I generally love most of the Werle dresses I see!  I figure I must have worn them when I was a Hollywood starlet back in the 1950s! :)  Dan Werle was the designer who, by the mid 1950's was dressing some of Hollywood's biggest stars including the likes of Barbara Stanwyck and Loretta Young who wore mostly only Werle designs on her national TV show from 1953-1961.  Werle pieces were sold at his own boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and also sold nationally at boutiques and stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and I. Magnin.  Werle pieces are beautifully made of high quality fabrics. This dress takes my breath away! Nearly nude color bodice chiffon with great 'x' cross at sides and back  Oh and then that heavy ribbon lace full skirt!! So classy!! VERY Grace Kelly!!! Just needs a good steaming to get that skirt fluffed out.   The dress isn't in perfect condition.  Look at the close-up photos to see the few spots on the dress, including very light underarm discoloration... only the spot on the mid-back is seen upon first look.   But so beautiful, it needs to be appreciated for a knowledgeable fashionista! Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 36" hips, 42" long from shoulder to hem.  The underdress seems to be a very light jersey so will stretch a bit under the silk chiffon.  

$ 485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 6105A - c. early 1990's UNGARO PARALLELE, Paris Red and Green Plaid Suit with Asymmetrical Button Closure and Metallic Thread Accent!  I've been holding on to this one for myself.  But sadly I seem to never get out of my "at home" duds... and the few times I do, it's usually more dressy.  I would LOVE to find a place to wear this, but alas.... it's just not right for the grocery store or a trip to the post office.  :(  Quality is fantastic. As my Mother always told me... if the prints or plaids line up perfectly, that is the sign of the best quality as they discard lots of fabric to make this work!   And indeed check it out.  Gotta love the interior lining as well!  Coordinated color floral print.. and it's a light soft flannel-type wool for warmth!  They just don't make stuff like this anymore.  All the modern fabrics suck (OK, I said it!).  Once you know Vintage quality, you will find it hard to buy new!   Labeled Size 8 but measures:  up to 35/36" bust, up to 27/28" waist (if you move a button), up to 36" hips, 20" long skirt.  Excellent condition with the only thing to note that the buttons were all re-sewn on probably not as neatly as originally.  That's a $5 fix at the local tailor! :)  Check out the great fabric in the close-up photos!! Ooh and the great wide patch pointy pockets.  Wear that jacket alone with anything, and wear the skirt alone as well!   Pair with floral blouse to be incredibly in vogue!

$ 685.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 with small hips
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[ORDER ITEM - #5830]
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# 5830 - c. 1970's VERA BOREA (Countess di Regoli), 376 Rue St. Honore, Paris Black Fine Wool Blend Gold Studded Suit!  From the Estate of a Central Park South NYC Socialite!  Vera Who??? Yeah, I know, that's what I said to myself, and I should know more than most!  Vera Borea (also known as the Countess di Regoli) was a French fashion designer who came to prominence in 1932.  Her Paris salon was patronized by customers from France and the US.  From the beginning her clothes featured unusual small details which made her designs unique. Her sports clothes were coveted for their cool, vigorous, and fashionable appearance.  In the 1930's, The Haute Couture House of Vera Borea was mentioned in the same breath as Chanel, Patou, Lelong and Maggy Rouff and stayed in existence in the same prestigious Rue St. Honore location until at least 1981.  A mid-weight black wool blend (which I could explain the fabric better, but not a wooly wool).  Fabulous round solid and circle goldtone studs trimming jacket and skirt hemline.  The waistline of the jacket is studded on black grosgrain ribbon (very Chanel-ish).  Slightly A-line shaped skirt. Measures:  Jacket:  up to 36" bust, 22" long from shoulder to jacket hem.  Skirt: 28" waist, up to 40" hips, 24" long from waist to hem.  As was the style from the 70's, the sleeves are narrow.  Only two hooks close the jacket front.  Need to wear with blouse/shirt under.  Looks as smashing as any 1970's Chanel suit on!  Excellent condition. Fully lined.

$ 845. ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE 6, perhaps 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #5731]
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# 5731 - c. early 1970's DONALD BROOKS Mulitcolored Paisley and Striped Gown!  Four Time Coty Award Winner and Emmy Winner! Zowie!  Don't know Donald Brooks?  You should!  Mr. Brooks emerged with a few other American designers after World War II.  He did not become as famous as Bill Blass and Geoffrey Beene, but within the industry, they were know as "the three B's of fashion." Mr. Brooks was hand-picked by the influential Lord & Taylor president Dorothy Shaver to design a collection for the store in the 1950's. In 1958 Mr. Brooks began designing for Townley Frocks (after Clare McCardell), and from 1965-1973 he designed under his own name. His collections were quite successful.  He was one of the few American designers who designed for the theater, TV and movies. He received a Tony nomination, three Oscar nominations, and an Emmy Award.
Mr. Brooks designed over 3,500 costumes for more than 20 Broadway shows, etc. including costumes for Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Lee Remick, Joanne Woodward, Claudette Colbert, Faye Dunaway.. AND he was one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorite designers. In 2003, the Parsons School of Design had a retrospective of his work.  OK... see why you should know him??  The gown is a very heavy-weight silk and quite substantial feeling.  Two extra layers of skirt under the bold striping... paired with the wild paisley bodice with extremely long "sash" which can be bowed or worn down as you see. Buttons up the front bodice so you can get as sexy as you want.  Excellent condition except for a few issues to mention.  I see two small round holes under the sash and one very end of the sash is crusted (see photos).   58" long from shoulder to hem.  Museum worthy!

$ 845. ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5842]
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# 5842 - c. 1960's Pucci-era Black Silk Jersey Button Front Dress with Open Midriff!  Please look at all the photos... as I had to lighten some photos to see the button front both above and below the open midriff, and other photos are actual so you can see the colors in the bodice.  I can't seem to photograph this to see everything at its best in one photo. :(   I need either a better camera, or better lighting, or more ability!  But hey, I keep forgetting this isn't about me... it's about the dresses and you.  So, sadly this dress has no label, but think Pucci, Leonard, Bessi, Maurice.  This comes from the estate of a woman who bought the best (including a closet full of furs...and two (TWO!) Galanos sable coats!), so it was good enough for her! :)  Measures: up to 36/38" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 41" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem.  This dress is a bit too large for my size 6 mannequin so it will look better on you. Excellent condition with most extremely small dust marks (one dry-clean and that will be gone, I'm sure).  Good reason to get to the gym and get some tight abs! :)

$ 265. ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #7432]
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# 7432 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Golden Tan Beaded and Rhinestoned Gown! Worn by JOAN RIVERS!  This is one of the older Bob Mackie Labels.  I still need to try to figure out what years this label was used, but they were some of the first Mackie gowns created for high-end department stores and high-end boutiques.   This one happens to have been worn by Joan Rivers!  Yup... back before her massive facelifts.  Looks, frankly, like a gown that Dame Helen Mirren would love!  Classy, gorgeous, and ready for any red carpet!  Shown on my size 6 mannequin and fits her beautifully - 35" bust, up to 38" hips. Excellent condition with just a few minor beads missing (see photo).  Love the square neckline  And check out the close up photos to see the fabulous beading/rhinestone design in the bodice and upper sleeves.  Back zipper.  More measurements coming!     Also listed in the Memorabilia and Bob Mackie Categories.

$ 2,850.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6335]
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# 6335 - c. 1950's MOYGASHEL Irish Linen Beaded Dress!  Hard to believe what they claim on the label, but it's incredibly true!!!  "Fast Colors -  Crease Resistant Irish Linen".  Come on... linen that doesn't wrinkle? Really?  YUP!  This stuff is fabulous.  Looks and feels exactly as you expect linen should, but doesn't wrinkle!! ;)  It's a miracle. And it takes a lot to impress me! :)  Top designers of the day used Moygashel linen, including Pauline Trigere, so it impressed more than just me.  Lovely red (blue undertones, so it's a perfect color red that looks great on everyone) "fitted" dress with "v" collar covered in white and black seed beading. Love a side zipper to keep the back as "clean" as the front.   Measures:  Up to 40" bust, up to 27" waist, up to 41" hips, 45" long from shoulder to hem. Metal zipper on side.  One pocket. Excellent condition.  The dress you'll go to in your closet again and again.  Wanna get creative? Wear a thin, long sleeved turtleneck sweater under for cooler weather!  Add a belt for a different look. Throw a jacket over so just the "skirt" shows.  Whatever! 

$ 475.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8, or small waisted 10
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[ORDER ITEM - #7481]
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# 7481 - c. 1990's MOSCHINO COUTURE, Made in Italy Red Devil Skirt!  Yup, I've said it before.  I Love Moschino.  Actually I just love "whimsy" in fashion, and nothing is better than vintage Moschino!  The perfect skirt to wear on your first date... or is it???  Guess it all depends on the guy.  Can he handle it?  Will it scare him? Will he love it?  You know you will be feeling sexy in this tight red pencil skirt with the black satin (or is that satan!) devil's tail wrapped around it.  Charm it up with a lady-like blouse and pumps, or hell... wear a black leather bustier and killer boots.  Excellent condition. Measures:  up to 26" waist, up to 35" hips, 17.5" long from waist to hem, 34" around hemline.  This will give you a tight wiggle walk so don't try getting on a bus!  The look was perfect for TV's "Nashville" star, Hayden Panettiere who wore the Moschino vintage Devil dress at the ABC Upfront VIP Party in May, 2012.  As the fashion critics were quoted, "Seriously cute, if you ask us!".   The skirt is fully lined in satin (again with the "satan"?).  Excellent condition.   The red color is less intense than you might see on your screen, perhaps more the color of the tag above.  Hard to tell you as all monitors are different, but it's not a screaming red, and I'd say with a blue undertone (for those red people who need to know!).  I'd keep this in a heartbeat if my hips were smaller than Miss Piggy's! :) 

$ 435.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #7060]
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# 7060 - c. 1960's JO-RO IMPORTS, Made in Hong Kong Black and Gold Beaded Knit Gown!  These were the most popular gowns of the 1960s.  Fully knit tops, skirts, gowns and dresses covered all over with beads and/or sequins.  WHY so popular?  Because they are as comfortable to wear as they are beautiful.  So if you are like me who can't stand to wear party dresses that you want to rip off as soon as can, you will love this!  It's as comfy as wearing a long sweater.  And incredibly, they aren't hot.  This one is one of the best I've seen in nearly 30D scrolls and flowers.  Comes with the original rope beaded sash with beaded loop tassles.  Note the deep "U"  back, and the "Audrey" boatneck.  Will fit a variety of sizes as it stretches. Looks great on the size 6 mannequin of 35/25/36, and yet will stretch much larger, and will also look good if you are slightly smaller.  These gowns were quite expensive when new! Worth every penny and more!! 

$ 685. ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4 - 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #7422]
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# 7422 - c. 1970's RICHILENE, New York Lovely Striped Silk Ivory Off-Shoulder "Wealthy Peasant" Gown!  From a 1979 Los Angeles Times newspaper article: "First ladies Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford and Pat Nixon have all worn Richilene gowns to official functions."  Richilene was actually husband and wife team Ilene and Richard Pacun which debuted in 1971. They specialized in cocktail party and evening wear. A NY Times article commented in 1986 that “debs debut, playgirls party and maidens marry” in Richilene. Their clothing was sold in high-end shops including Elizabeth Arden, Saks Fifth Avenue and Martha and retailed for $250-$800 in 1979, and $525 to $2,000 range in the late 80s/early 90s. SO... now you know the quality here!  If you are planning a "maiden" wedding, you can't find a better gown.  Looks sensational on (I know, I tried it!).  Excellent condition.  Measures:  35/36" bust, up to 27/28" waist, 39.5" long from waist to hem (perfect for me at 5'2" with heels),  56" long from "shoulder" to hem.  If you plan to wear off the shoulder, not as great for people like me with narrow shoulders.  Zipper at back. Light cotton lining for comfort! The only issue I could find is a problem with one end of the ribbon sash (you can easily just get a new ribbon sash, or cut shorter by 12" ish - I left as is for you to see the correct original length).   The dress itself was likely never worn... it's NEAR MINT condition.  Fantastic.   Also Listed in the Wedding Category.

$ 845. ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE: 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #7557]
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# 7557 - c. 1942-47 MERCANTILE UNIFORMS, New York WWII "Gray Lady" Complete Red Cross Uniform /American Red Cross Volunteer Outfit!  AKA Hospital and Recreation Corps Uniform!  This nearly complete outfit (all you'll need are shoes!) is in extraordinarily fantastic condition!  The gray and white thin striped cotton dress and additional pieces of the white epaulets, white collar, gray matching belt and cap are all separate pieces that luckily were not lost over the years.  The American Red Cross Volunteer pin is pinned on the chest pocket above the large red cross embroidered patch which is sewn on. American Red Cross Volunteer patch is also sewn on the one arm.  The cap has buttons at back to create the hat shape, otherwise it lays flat for easy transport.... you wouldn't want to have to transport a hat box on the front lines! :)  I sold two others recently, but just love them either for history sake, or heck, for "naughty" nurse games! :)  (Sorry, I just felt compelled to write that.... I'm sometimes possessed!)  The mother-of-pearl buttons on the dress are fantastic as well.... as you can see they are easily removable for cleaning!  The photos are from the last dress sold.  The dress/cap I'm selling now is Labeled SIZE 16, and is only different in the fact that the red stripes are not on the sleeve, but there is an extra enamel pin that comes with it!  There is one button missing at the waist that is UNDER the belt, so not seen.  The dress being sold measures: up to 36-38" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 44" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem (plus 3" extra in hem, and 1" extra shortened at waist - just basted so can easily be undone).  Love the fact that it's labeled size 16!  Ha HA!  How vain ARE we today that a size 16 is now labeled about a size 10.  Info on "Gray Lady" is listed with the rest of the photos (if you want a history lesson). Also this is dated after 1942 as that was the year they removed the veil from the cap.  This is a great example of complete outfit!  Worn and used during WWII era!

$ 425.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[[ORDER ITEM- #5992]
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# 5992 - CAROLINA HERRERA, New York Black Silk Retro 60's Dress! Just Google search and you will see that a simple black Carolina Herrera dress sells for $2,000+ !!  And this is one of them!  I'm assuming it's only a few years old, but obviously designed in the 1960s Jackie Kennedy style with fabulous tailoring  From Vintage Label Resource (my favorite website!), Ms. Herrera began designing in 1981, but for many years prior to that she was known as a style setter.  She was from an affluent family and that has caused her to be grouped with other wealthy designers of the 1980s as the Socialite Designers.  Herrera’s clothes are feminine but comfortable. In 1986 she started a secondary line, CH by Carolina Herrera, which used less expensive fabrics than her top line, but that incorporated the same design details. In 1986 Herrera designed the wedding dress of Caroline Kennedy.  OK?  So, just want you to know what you're getting with this LBD (Little Black Dress).  Measures: up to 37/38" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 42" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem.  Fully lined. Hidden zipper back. Near mint condition.  I never say mint condition, so this is the highest rating. Look at the photos to see the interesting tailoring.  BE A LADY!!! 

$ 485. ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE:  8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #11065]
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# 11065 - 1970's Printed Floral Cotton Maxi Dress! From a People Magazine article of 1975:  "When America's First Lady, Betty Ford announced in 1974 that, as her small contribution to the battle against inflation, she would no longer spend money on expensive designer clothes.  However as a devotee of stylish clothing, Mrs. Ford searched for a compromise. Luckily she spotted several designs by a young American designer named Albert Capraro in a Washington newspaper. Impressed by his price range - a moderate $80 for day dresses ($ 320 today with inflation calculator), and up to $200 for evening gowns ($800 today), by his use of American fabrics only, and the attractiveness of the designs themselves, she summoned the 31-year-old, New York born unknown to the White House to sound him out on her spring wardrobe. Opening her closets to show him clothes she liked best, she singled out two Oscar de la Rentas. To their mutual surprise, both had been designed by Capraro himself back when he was a De la Renta assistant.  By the end of the visit, Mrs. Ford had ordered 12 styles from Capraro. With the exception of five evening gowns Capraro will make up especially for state dinners—using fabrics the President brought from the Far East—all her clothes will be off-the-rack selections, and will cost regular retail prices."  So... clothing good enough for a First Lady!  You deserve no less.  I have often found myself drawn toward Capraro, and this dress would be even nicer if I had added a petticoat under to give it a bit more of the "peasant" look that was so popular back in the 1970s. Hopefully you are smart enough to imagine it. The material is a medium/heavyweight woven cotton (not as heavy as denim) of hot pink, green, blue, white, pink all on a black background.  Love the floral hemline! Back zipper.  Measures:  35" bust, up to 27" waist, 53" long from shoulder to hem.  No give in fabric.  Labeled an old size 10.  Ha! Could even wear it with a blouse under! Was probably worn with a pretty pink sash belt, but none come with it. Easy to just use a ribbon if you want.  Excellent condition. Pretty, and looks great on!  

$ 285.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5822]
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# 5822 - 1980's Yellow Ruched Silk Strapless Party Dress! There is little I have to say about this dress other than I look lousy in yellow... but I love it on others.  So sad. I also look lousy in gold, and still I wear it.  I keep hoping I look better than I think I do, but then I see photos and wonder WHY!! But then I see Renee Zellweger or some other star wearing yellow and try it on again... only to discover that it's a constant for me.... I need to stay AWAY from yellow.  But enough about me. If you love Jean Desses all ruched dresses, you should love this look.  Measures:  35/36" bust, up to 30/31" waist, up to 39" hips, 23" long from natural waist to hem.  Hidden zipper at the back with inner lining. LOVE the cute ruffly hemline!  No label, other than 100% silk/dry clean only.  Excellent condition.  

$ 245.  ORDER 


Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7518]
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# 7518 - c. 1960's CEIL CHAPMAN Black Silk Chiffon Dress with LOW "V" Neck! Va Va Va Voom!  That's what he's gonna say... or he might not get any words out at all.... most likely.  This LBD (Little Black Dress) is the only one you are ever gonna need.  The reason is that the "v" neck can be lowered to an obscene level, or raised to a much more modest "V".  You can start the evening high and go lower each hour... depending how the Match.com date goes!! :)  Even the shoulder detail (which I would probably add some rhinestone to... because I love rhinestones on everything!) and the seaming at the back is interesting.  Designer touches!  Measures:  36/37" bust, up to 28" waist, 17" from shoulder to waist (great for those of you with long torsos) and 49" long shoulder to hem.  Metal gold zipper at the back (zipper as one bad tooth, so it can get a bit stuck in one spot, but it does work... so you can leave or replace as you wish).   The only other thing to make this dress less than Excellent is the strangely poor hem job.  It looks fine from the exterior, but the inner lining hem is just ugly from the inside only.  Still the exterior looks fine.  Just a heads up for the perfectionists!   The chiffon skirt is great for a little summer breeze to flounce a bit.  Very enticing!  

$ 645.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6/ small 8
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[ORDER ITEM #7509]
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# 7509 - c. 2000's RALPH LAUREN (Black Label) Wonderful Multicolored Silk Crepe Chiffon Halter Dress! One of the prettiest fabrics!!!!!  Just type in Ralph Lauren Black Label Dress in Google and you will see that this is likely a $1,300+ dress original price!  I don't know exactly when it was created.  Doesn't matter as I sell beautiful dresses from 1800's through Today.  I don't like to sell too many newer pieces, but come on... who could refuse this??  Labeled size 6, and that's about right today so it can't be too old... and the zipper is a new style hidden at the side.   Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 28" waist (can be wrapped to be smaller), 49" long from shoulder to hem.  2 layers of blues, purples, pinks and yellow silk crepe chiffon in a very muted plaid over a light blue lining/slip.  The belt wraps around from the halter so you can tie in front, or in back or whatever you want. Near Mint condition.  The only thing to mention is that the skirt lining is slightly longer than the ruffle-y chiffon hem in areas.  Don't know if this is original, or if it just happened from being on a hanger, but for those who care about this.. just takes a quick stitch to raise the hem a smidge.  Should cost no more than $10 at your local tailor.    I'm still considering keeping this dress for myself!!!!! So if you see this listing is gone, you know what happened. :)   

$ 565.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6, perhaps 8
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[ORDER ITEM #7327A]
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# 7327A - c. 1950's MR. BLACKWELL Custom Red Flocked Velvet on Satin Peplum Gown with Matching Reversible Shawl!  Incredibly, this is the 2nd of these dresses I've found!  The previous one was a dress, this is a gown with a matching reversible shawl.  Rare to find exactly the same vintage dress twice... even more rare to find a "Custom" piece twice!  And this one was also created for a va-va-voom figure.   Both required me to stuff my dressform's bust (she got all excited to be so sexy!) :)   Measures:  37" bust with large cup size, 29" waist, up to 39" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem. (Note:  the hips have been let out 1" on either side and there are some stitch marks, but easy to put back to it's original size of up to 37" hips if you wish), 17" slit at back of skirt to aid in walking. Back has well-made 2 plastic zippers.  Great dress of great flocked material on satin!  Comes with the original matching scarf of 81" x 18.5" with the flocked red roses on one size and off-white satin on the other.  Pretty little bow at upper back zipper.  Love the peplum!  Excellent condition on both pieces... except for the stitch marks as mentioned and extreme minor speckles on the LINING only of the lower gown. I love this!!  If you'd rather have this as a dress, looks equally fantastic, so just hem up to your liking.  Just don't tell me as I hate to disturb any vintage piece. :)

$ 945.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7052
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# 7052 - c. 1940 Jewett, Inc., East Avenue, Rochester Fabulous Black Crepe Gown with Fringe Tiered Skirt and Matching Fringe Bolero!  Museum Deaccession! You will be a Hollywood Screen Siren in this outfit... no question! You get that black crepe gown with center front ruching and then starting at the hipline comes rows and rows of black silk fringe!! You can just imagine how this will look when you move, walk, slink, or dance across the floor.  Comes with the original matching fringed bolero with small padded shoulders. Measures:  up to 35/36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 38" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Metal side zipper on the dress (or gown if you prefer). Excellent condition.  Could have been designed by Adrian or Molyneux.... it's that fabulous! Even just the bolero worn alone will have you smiling from ear to ear!  Comes with museum tags attached and original registered design tag inside. 

$ 865.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7429
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# 7429 - c. 2000's AVERARDO BESSI, Made in Italy "Pucci Look" Silk Printed Quilted Zipper Front Vest!  At first look you will think this was from the 1960s... at least I did! :)  But the tag confirms that indeed it's new.  Doesn't stop it from still looking great on you.  AND it's in Mint condition!  Zipper front to wear up, or half up/down, or open. Lightly quilted, not so much for warmth, but for look. Fantastic colors and design, all trimmed in black. I hate lots of prints. But the ones I like, I love! :)  This is one.  There are two great pockets inside as well (unexpected, but nice touch!).

$ 245.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #5803]
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# 5803 - c. 1970's MISSONI for Neiman Marcus, Made in Italy Mulitcolored Knit Dress with Knit Belt! For all of you who know any of the crazy women (oops....were you one??) who crashed Target's website and trampled fellow shoppers to get the "Missoni for Target" items.... well... how about an vintage Missoni for Neiman Marcus! :)  I believe it's 1970s, but not really sure. It's not new... that's for sure.   Excellent condition.  If the belt isn't original, it's wonderful with it.. either worn at the waist, or at the hips.. or not at all if you prefer a sheathe dress.  Unique color combo and design (see the close-up photos).   All knit, but should fit best for up to 40" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 40" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6-8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #7461]
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# 7461 - c. 1980's JACQUELINE de RIBES, Made in France Black Velvet Dress with Satin Trim!  I keep thinking how much Barbra Streisand would like this dress! She used to wear that "sailor" collar and bow ties all the time!!  In July 2011, Vanity Fair Magazine voted Jacqueline de Ribes as one of the "International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame" recipients. She married to become a Countess and was well known as a style maker long before she became a designer. In 1983, the year she started her design firm, Town and Country magazine named her the “Most Stylish Woman in the World.”  Her line was luxurious, expensive and was well received, especially in the USA.  OK.. first thing you need to know about this dress is that the zipper is hidden IN THE FRONT! Great dress to wear if you need a quick change! :)  Black velvet with black satin trim.  The dress has shoulder pads, and additional shoulder pads between the double collar to make sure it stands out as you see.  Excellent condition.  Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 39" hips. I sold another Jaqueline de Ribes dress that I found the original ad for the dress at $7,000 when new in the 1980s!!!   So just to give you a clue as the value of this label! 

$ 965. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #5962]
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# 5962 - c. 1960's Off-white Linen Gown with Black Velvet Scrollwork!  Nope, it's not one of my usual high-end designer pieces, but you'd never know from the look!!  This would be similar quality to a "Lilli Diamond", if you know vintage, you will know what that means.  So I have some good news... this gown hides wide hips beautifully, just the way it's gathered!  And being one of those wide-hipped ladies, I can appreciate this little fact!!  For the other news... I don't know if you care, but I like to tell all.... the bust is slightly pointy (not torpedo tits, just as you will see in the photos).  Might just take a bit of 1960's stuffing in your bra.  :)  Measures: 34" bust (tight 35" bust), up to 27" waist (slightly highwaisted), up to 43" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem. Back metal zipper.   Surprisingly Excellent condition as whites are hard to find without issues.... but I can't find anything wrong.  Whoopie!

$ 435. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM #5945]
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#5945 - c. 1930's BLACKSHIRE Paris, New York Wine Colored Cut Velvet on Chiffon Dress with Brown Mink Cuffs and Rhinestone Ornaments!  I call this my "Bette Davis" dress.  Not sure why it reminds me of her, but it does, so I'm just stickin' to it! :)  Also, I added this dress to the 1920s category even though it's 1930s because I don't think anyone should miss seeing this dress.  I'm sure there's a name for this fabric other than "cut velvet on chiffon", but that's what it looks like.  It's sheer with a deco design all over the dress.  The shape is incredibly unique!  This is one of those pieces for a current designer to purchase to figure out just how it was cut and seamed!  Even the sleeves are unique shape!  As you can see, there is an underslip attached so you show off a little skin even under the dress.  The rhinestone circle ornaments are attached and original in both the front and the back belt.  Excellent condition.  Now, perhaps we should discuss the color.... I can't decide what to call it... wine, maroon, cranberry, ruby.... WHAT-EVER!  Please don't ask me more!!  It looks different in every light, and every computer screen... so if you are trying to match some shoes, I can't help you.  If you just want to great dress, this is it! :)   Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the 1850-1930s Section. 

$ 945. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM #7338]
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# 7338 - c. 1960's MODERN COUTURE ORIGINAL Gold Metallic Brocade Paper Thin Gown!  Damn, another fabric I don't know the name of.  I really need a better education. But this is glorious... paper thin and very gold!  Love the empire waist with the large bow attached at the front.  Low scoop neckline, long sleeves and full skirt.  Very Jackie Kennedy in shape, if not in material.  A bit flashy for the wife of the Leader of the Free World.  But certainly not too flashy for me... or you!  Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 28" slightly empire waist, 54-55" long from shoulder to hem (with 4" hem).  Back plastic zipper.  Excellent condition.  If I can stuff my bra enough, perhaps I'll wear it for my Xmas party if you don't get it first. Oh, and from my research, in 1949 Helena Barbieri began designing for the company Modern Couture, where she eventually became a partner. And if you know vintage... you know Helena Barbieri!!  Higher end, lovely gowns with her own label! That should give you some idea of the quality here.  

$ 585. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #9346]
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# 9346 - c. 1980's RARE MICHAELE VOLLBRACH Gold Lame and Soft Green Wool Felt Kimono Shaped Evening Coat Trimmed in Peacock Feathers! Former Coty Fashion Design Winner! Attention all wall flowers!!!! You do NOT want this coat! However, if you have always craved attention, and you have a flamboyant style.. or if you are a couture collector... well then... you have just found the holy grail! :) Amazing piece.. part fashion, part sculpture.. by the incomparable Michaele Vollbrach (or Michael Vollbracht for all those who spell it this way)! Just so you know... a quilted kimono jacket sold for $2900+ at Doyle's Auction House, so the prices for these extraordinary pieces are high.. for good reason! No museum textile collection should be without Vollbrach! FYI, "Michael" Vollbrach was recently wooed out of retirement to head the house of Bill Blass, but he's had to tame his wild streak, so it's not the same. Originally purchased in mid-1980's for $2,000. Purchased from Charlotte's in Akron, OH during a trunk show when Michaele Vollbrach was there! So no question this is a limited production couture, or one-of-a-kind piece. Unlined felt (see inside photo). Not for warmth! :) The peacock feathers are beautifully iridescent! The gold lame is shiny! Measures: 46" long from shoulder to hem. No closures, so will fit a variety of sizes.. just not small/short please! This will overwhelm you! Excellent, near mint condition. Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 1,750. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE Medium-Large (sizes 10-14, perhaps 16)
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[ORDER ITEM #7091]
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# 7091 - c. 1949-1952 3-Piece HATTIE CARNEGIE ORIGINAL for Neusteters, Denver Navy Wool Gabardine Suit with Silk Duck Print Blouse with MATCHING Jacket Lining! Museum Deaccession!  A Hattie Carnegie Original, mind you!  I'm gonna suggest you go look at the photos first so you can see the wild pink, red and white silk blouse of wacky ducks under the jacket which matches the lining of the jacket!  QUACK!!! I just love when items stay together for 60+ years!  The blouse has ties that can be worn as you see, or in a bow, or tucked inside (I show all 3 ways.  The jacket has slightly stiffened bust and hips to keep shape (!), cuffed 3/4 length jacket sleeves, long straight skirt, peplum jacket, fantastic and unique collar notching (see photo), interesting seaming design under the collar (see photos), and great shaping in the jacket (see photos of seaming).   Skirt has side metal zipper.  The suit is Excellent condition.  The blouse has some minor underarm staining, obviously not seen unless you take the jacket off, and even then, it's minor (see photos).  Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 26/27" waist (the blouse waist seems smaller, so you might need to move a button, and/or there is extra material to increase waist), up to 38" hips, 36" long skirt from waist to hem.  Possibly best for a shorter gal (great on me at 5'2") as it seems a bit short shoulder to waist. 

$ 545. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM #7395]
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# 7395 - c. late 1980's LEI di LANCETTI Black Silk Taffeta with Black Velvet Trim! OK... Thanks to my favorite fashionista, I've been told that "Lei de Lancetti is the ready-to-wear line from Pino Lancetti who was one of the greatest Italian fashion designers. Not well known outside of Italy/Europe, but within, he was considered to be one of Italy's great greats!  One of his most important clients was Queen Noor of Jordan. The Lei di Lancetti line was launched in late 80's/early 90's. His haute couture pieces were 'to die for'."  So... I guess I have a pretty damn good eye to pick up this dress not knowing the designer! :) I bought it because I adore 80's Valentino and YSL and this just has that look to me. I added the belt sash (but doesn't come with it - it's just a black ribbon).  As "poufy" a dress as you'll find!  Probably best for a tall gal to carry the width and horizontal lines.  But damn she's gonna look fantastic!!   Excellent condition.  No closures other than the fancy buttons up the back of the neck. Will fit just about any size.  A beautiful piece.  

$ 645. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Small - Large


[ORDER ITEM #4747]
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# 4747 - 1950's HATTIE CARNEGIE Black Silk Dress with Original Jacket! Hand-Written Label Under!  I love it when you get TWO pieces in one!  You get the great simple black silk dress with "just barely there" sleeves and wide "barely there" tiny collar... the perfect LBD to show off your accessories.  But if you want a different look, add the jacket and it looks like you are wearing a suit with skirt!  I'm thinking this could be dated 1952, which means it might have been designed by Gustave Tassell who was designing for Hattie Carnegie until 1952.   But, just a guess on my part.  Whoever designed it, it's great.  The detail on the upper jacket is what "makes" it.  Check it out in the photos.  Excellent condition. Measures: up to 37" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 39" hips, 17" long from shoulder to waist, 26" waist to hem (with additional 3.5" in hem... looks like it was hemmed up twice).  Jacket measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 29" waist. Side metal zipper.  There are minor seam stitchmarks at the sides as it looks to have been enlarged ever so slightly.  Gotta love the steel blue lining of the jacket!!!  Classic Carnegie Blue!!! :)  I could be wrong, but I'm thinking there might have been a bow at the collar of the jacket.  Damn me for even bringing it up, but I like to tell you everything I'm thinking, otherwise I won't be able to sleep at night.  Great price for these two pieces because I bought it right!  Lucky you!!

$ 785. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #7399]
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# 7399 - c. late 1950's/early 1960's Marguerite Shop, Framingham White Linen Dress with Floral Sequin Bodice Yeah, I know... white linen VINTAGE is usually impossible to find in near mint condition without any yellowing, or darkening, or graying, or whatever. So imagine my surprise to find this dress that looks practically new condition!!  And you gotta love the style as well, with that fantastic sequined floral bodice, and all trimmed in a band of red linen.  Low "v" back and fairly low rounded front.  Even the sides have an interesting shaped "v" at the bottom of the bodice... giving the impression of a two-piece outfit (sequined shell over linen skirt), but no... it's a dress.  I added the simple red material sash and tied in a bow just to show you options... it doesn't come with the dress.  Again...  Excellent condition!  Measures: 34" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 37" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem.  Metal zipper at back.  What's not to LOVE in this dress?? 

$ 465. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6778]
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# 6778 - Dated November, 6, 1953 NANTY, Paris, New York Black Silk Taffeta Bubble Hem Strapless Ballgown from Bergdorf Goodman on the Plaza, New York Yowsa! Damn I love Bergdorf Goodman!  Why didn't all designers and shops think ahead and date all their pieces??  We fashion historians thank them!  Now look at the design of the bodice on this beauty...  it's what you might expect from the best or the best Ceil Chapman... intricate gathering which continues down to the upper hipline and then comes the MASSIVE bubble hemline skirt with attached black net lining! As you can see, the front sweeps up giving a "Spanish Flamenco" look to skirt. Excellent condition.  Back metal zip.  Measures: 33/34" bust, 25.5/26" waist, 44" long from natural waist to hem. I can just imagine this gown with long black gloves and dripping with diamond necklace as she swept into the room with that taffeta swishing sound.  Damn I was born in the wrong era. ;(  Nanty was a well-known high-end label creating original gowns and Parisian copies... and sold at the best department stores and boutiques including the famed shop Martha of Park Avenue, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida. 

$ 1,885. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2
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[ORDER ITEM - #7065]
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 # 7065 - c. 1950's Glamorous Fucshia Satin Dress with Black Jet Beaded Bodice and Matching Bead Edged Wrap!  Are you the kind of woman (me included) who love to have a wrap to wear over your sleeveless arms?  Could be because you hate your arms (me included), or you are always cold (me included), or because you just want to me more elegant than the next women (yup, that would also be me!).  Not easy to find the original wraps with the dress as over the years they have been stored separately, and then, well... you know... things get lost.  But luckily, these two beauties survived together.   The photos tell you what you need to know... but look at the close up photos to see the sheer chiffon bodice dripping with looped fringe black jet beads and black sequins over a "bra" shaped slip.  Love the wide rushed waist to set off the beaded fringe under the bodice (wonderfully assymetrical!). Stiffened slight bubble shaped skirt.  Back metal zipper.  Dress measures:  34" bust, 25/26" waist (inner band is 25"), 41" long from shoulder to hem (with additional 2.5 in hem).  Stole measures: 72" x 12.5".  Too bad no designer label remains, but I'm sure it would have been a good one! Excellent condition.  The black bodice underslip looks to have lightened (browned) a bit, but it doesn't really matter... looks perfectly fine from the exterior. Note: some photos are lightened to see detail. 

$ 965. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #4436]
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# 4436 - c. 1960/1961 GALANOS Black and Ivory Silk "Harlequin" Dress! NEVER WORN! ORIGINAL TAGS!  ORIGINALLY $275!  "James Galanos is an American fashion designer, widely considered to be one the world's foremost 20th century couturiers."  No, I didn't write that, but just want you to know the pedigree of this dress. Oh, and with the inflation calculator, this would have been a modern day $2,000 dress. There are lots of interesting design elements in the seaming  (especially in the sleeves) that sadly you can hardly see in this busy black and off-white 100% silk satin print. Front black bow with fringed edges. Meticulously made (to be expected by Galanos) with a dropped waist gathered poufy skirt on a fitted bodice with 3/4 length sleeves (wonderful length for black gloves!). The skirt has all the internal material you need.  No extra crinoline needed.  Back metal zipper.  Measures:  36" bust, up to 30" waist, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  Please note:  the labels you see hang from the interior hanger straps, so these may have been original wholesale tags for sale to a department store (as there is no Galanos label inside the dress), so might have been sold for boutique to sew in their own label (it was done at high-end boutiques!).  NOTE: in 1961, his chiffon dresses sold in shops for $475 - $800! This from a April 14, 1961 Life Magazine article.  Excellent condition! ORIGINAL DEADSTOCK DESIGNER DRESS is RARE! It's like Time Travelling!   Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 1,485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #7095]
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# 7095 -  RARE July, 1959 FONTANA, Roma, Made in Italy Dress and Matching Jacket of Nubby Blue Silk/Wool Blend!This outfit came from a museum deaccession with the museum tag reading:  "July, 1959 Italian, Fontana of Roma suitdress of bright navy silk/wool nubby fabric.  Purchased while on a fashion fabric tour of Europe in 1959.  Purchased while visiting Fontana (Booklet with Gift Receipt Form).  Donated by Fran Hutchings."  I just love having the absolute dating of an item!  This outfit doesn't have the "wow" factor of many of the items on my website... but instead is subtly fantastic due to the unique styling... especially the front waistline of the dress, the interesting shoulder tucking and the unique lapels on the jacket.  More info coming.... but Excellent condition with just minor dirt line at jacket collar inner edge (not seen when worn).  

$ 1,865. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #7063]
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# 7063 - c. 1950 CHRISTIAN DIOR - New York 2-piece Dress  with Jacket of Black Silk/Wool Blend! This dress came from a museum deaccession with the museum tag that reads: "c. 1950 Christian Dior 2-piece black wool jacket and princess line dress.  Donated by Mrs. James Herron." More info coming.... This dress and jacket will need some spot cleaning, otherwise Excellent condition. I have never seen an outfit where the jacket sleeve is shorter than the dress sleeve.  Quite unique! 

$ 865. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 4666a - c. 1960's White and Silver/Gold Brocade "Mod" Dress! Larger Size!  Oh why couldn't I afford dresses like this that I would have loved to wear in the 1960s?? :(  This is what the sophisticated girls would have worn... perhaps with white go-go boots, a gold chain belt around the hips and a white space-age hat!  Don't forget the Jean Shrimpton hair and ultra light lipstick!   OR just as pretty to wear today without all that stuff, just simply pretty.  Perhaps one great statement necklace.  Nice enough to wear to a wedding.  Excellent condition.  Lilies of the valley motif of silver/gold metallic brocade. A-line seaming.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 42" hips, 37" long from shoulder to hem.  No label, but nicely made.  Slightly heavyweight material.

$ 375. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 12
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[ORDER ITEM - #7362]
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# 7362 - c. 1990's ESCADA Soft Black Empire Waist Tank Dress with Matching Coat Both Edged in Triple Paillettes!  OK, I'm guessing this is 1990's as it has that simple elegance look of that decade, but could be newer.  I'm better at dating Victorian items than newish pieces! Now, the photos will show you just how wealthy this Spring outfit looks... but the original price tags will show you just how wealthy you had to have been to purchase it new!!  $2,200 for the coat, and $1,200 for the dress!!  Yes, $3,300 for this outfit! OK, it's beautiful... but still that seems a bit excessive to me.  So if you can handle just two hard to find paillettes missing, and ever so slight (really! look at the photos!)underarm lightening on the dress, you will adore this outfit!  Measures: 33/34" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 36" hips. The material is a waffle silk/wool blend??  Not sure of the material but that's what it feels like. Fairly lightweight... great Spring outfit at over 75% OFF!!  Whoo Whoo!!!

$ 745. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4
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[ORDER ITEM - #7154]
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# 7154 - c. late 1950's/early 1960's  "Le Papillon " (The Butterfly) Cotton Dress!  This is one of those dresses that I thought about keeping myself, and although I wear many 1950s vintage dresses, this is the first that I felt was better suited to someone a bit younger (than me at 56) :( .  Perhaps it's just that it is SOOOOO sweet!!  Achingly sweet!  Slightly off-white cotton completely covered with printed light blue butterflies with the black script writing out The Butterfly and Le Papillon (French for butterfly). Measures:  33/34" bust, 27/28" waist, 34" hipline (at 3.5" below natural waist), 44" long from shoulder to hem. Metal zipper at back. Excellent condition, though missing the original belt (but frankly I like without any... so you just need to remove the belt loops).  The only fit issue is slightly small armholes... so best for thin arms, or open the seam below the arm and create more of an open cap flutter sleeve!

$ 385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 5449 - c. late 1960's/early 1970's Anne Fogarty, Collector's Items "Flower Power" Dress with "V" Hemline! If life is getting you down, nothing will pick you up faster than dressing pretty!!  This is one of those dresses that will never let you be a wall flower (get it?).  White pique cotton printed with multicolored bold flowers.  Check out that incredible hemline (PLEASE STOP USING THE WORD "Amazing"... there are other words in the English language!  And if you pay attention you will realize that you hear that word at least 5 times per minute! :(  )  The hem is a "V" shape on both sides with ruffled hemline.  Sexy "v" neckline with flat bows in the same fabric on the shoulders.   You can wear with or without a belt... I show in one photo with just a ribbon as a belt (doesn't come with it), but I like to define my waist.   Back zipper.  Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 42" hips, 34" long from shoulder to hem at shortest, 45" at longest. Excellent condition with just a few small spots (see photo for an example... the spot on the bow at one shoulder).

$ 345. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10
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[ORDER ITEM - #7291]
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# 7291 - c. 1930's Black Silk Jersey Evening Gown Trimmed in Black Bugle Beads! The price of this gown will give you some idea of the quality of this piece... as there is no label or any other way for you to know.  I can explain all I want, but it's in the handling of this gown that proves the point... and that's the one thing you can't do over the internet (OK, you can't smell it either, but that's of no consequence here, so...).   The material is a heavy silk jersey that gives this gown the movement of the wonderfully tailored "mermaid" skirt which Ginger Rogers would have loved!  In the last photo, I show the skirt with a hoop slip under so you can see just how full it is at the hemline.  Then the bustline, straps, hemline and wide front "belt" is all trimmed in black bugle beads in decorative designwork.  Snaps at the side. Excellent condition with one teeny tiny exception of one teeny tiny pinhole on back upper skirt.  See photo.  It's SOOO easy for an expert to reweave or hide just by wearing or backing in black, but I want you to know it's there. Side snaps.  If you have only one 1930s black gown, this is the one you should have.  Measures: 35" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 34/35" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem. Also Listed in 185-1930s Category.  

$ 2,885. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4, small hipped 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6945]
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# 6945 - c. Spring, 1957 TRAINA NORELL Red and Pink Roses Printed Silk Gown with Low Back!  A gown from this Traina Norell collection of Spring, 1957 was photographed for the March 18, 1957 issue of Life Magazine.  The exact fabric was used for another version of this gown, and priced at $325.  So, I went to the inflation calculator online (love that!) and here's the answer: "What cost $325 in 1957 would cost $2487.85 in 2010."  So let's just figure an even $2500!  Beautiful "Audrey Hepburn" boat neckline at front and a very low scoop neckline at back.  Comes with the original matching belt.  Measures:  34/35" bust, up to 25/26" waist, up to 38" hips.  The hem is down in this dress, so you can hem as you need.  Near mint condition. 

$ 1,085. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/small waisted 6
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# 6896 - RARE c. 1940's GLADYS PARKER, Hollywood  Black Crepe Open Front Gown! WOW... I don't think I've ever seen another!  Gladys Parker was a very popular, nationally known cartoonist, yes, cartoonist (!) in the 1930s, and in addition she was a fashion designer who created some really fabulous clothing!  Under the name Gladys Parker Designs, her clothing line was sold in stores as early as 1934, capitalizing on her fame as the artist of Flapper Fanny Says, and in 1939 she created her most endearing character, Mopsy. Parker modeled Mopsy after herself!  The Mopsy Sunday strip was added to newspapers in 1945 and gave Parker an opportunity to draw her fashion creations in a sidebar feature of paper dolls.  Parker also designed clothing for films. Here's some fascinating 1935 footage on her wonderful designs!  http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/58568/Gladys_Parker_Fashion_Show/  This particular gown is a flowing black crepe in wonderful and sexy design... as the front bodice is slit up the front from the waist up!  Yes, slit!  Totally open!  Whoo whoo!!  Closes with one hook/eye at the neckline.  Looong flowing batwing sleeves.  The figure is defined by the wide "v" shaped waistband.  Heavy metal zipper at the back.  The long pleated skirt is tucked at the side seams to create a hobble effect!  Measures: up to 38" bust (it's open so who can measure exactly?), up to 25" waist, 60" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition with the only issue (if you want to call it that) are fabric snags at the front waistband, but I'm sure that was from some fancy ornament or large pin! And I'd suggest you do the same with whatever turns you on. The price reflects the fine condition, rarity of this label, and quality of the design!    Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 2,485. RESERVED

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM #7329]
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# 7329 - c. 1950's H. Liebes, San Francisco Red Silk Chiffon Bubble Dress with Bubble Train!  I had never heard of H. Liebes department store in San Francisco... but I Google searched and found that they closed in 1970.  Too bad if they sold gems like this wonderful "Lady in Red" dress!!  Strapless red silk chiffon with empire waist and perfect red bow at front, and yards and yards of silk chiffon gathered to the bubble hem all the way around to the fabulous bubble hemmed trained back!  Check it out!!  The wind could pass right through the back.  You could probably jump out of a plane in this dress and use if for a parachute! :) :) :)  Sorry, it's late.  I get punchy.  Anyway, the dress Measures: 32/33" bust, 26" underbust (24" inner band),  33" long from top of middle bust to hem.  Metal zipper at side. Two bones at back bodice to keep this beauty up!  I want to say it's in Excellent condition as I thought it was when I got it, but in photographing I was thoroughly inspecting and found small pinholes at the upper front chiffon, and some spotting at the upper front chiffon at the other side of the front bow. Also the inner bones at back lining should be recovered at the ends. So... the price is going to be lower than it should be for this dress... even though you won't see the problems unless you are inspecting as they are totally hidden in the massive draping. But I'm very PICKY, damn it! :)

$ 425. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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[ORDER ITEM #6904]
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# 6904 - c. 1960's PIERRE CARDIN, Paris, New York 2-piece Mod Lavender and Black "Space Age" Checked Yarn Outfit!  So very mod or "space age" if you prefer! Unique woven checkerboard pattern of heavy lavender, red-plum and eggplant wool yarn!  The solid black areas are wool fabric. This outfit is two-pieces... a sleeveless zipper front vest and slightly A-lined skirt. The tailoring of the sleeves is unique (check it out!) and and the vest has pointed front hem.  The skirt has a back zipper and small front slit.  Measures: 33" bust (fits the mannequin's 35" bust, and yet, on me, it seems tighter than that), 25" waist,  17.5-21" long vest, 23" long skirt.  Fully lined. Excellent condition. 

$ 685. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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[ORDER ITEM #7232]
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# 7232 - c. 1950's SUZY PERETTE, New York Black Silk Velvet Dress with Huge Bow!  Be still my heart!!  Often when I'm finding items for you on this website, I hem and haw..."Do I think my customers will like this?", or "Do I like it enough to take a chance on putting this up?", or whatever. You know... always second guessing myself.  However, then there are times when you see a piece and you just GRAB it without any hesitation whatsoever.  Now the only problem is... which one of my customers will be the lucky one to find this first??  One of the early Suzy Perette dresses.  The OH SO FLATTERING fitted bodice with the very full skirt of black silk velvet inset with black silk bands and a huge feathered edged bow at front of skirt.  Damn it's gorgeous! Metal back zipper.  Measures: 35/36" bust, 28" waist, 28" long from waist to hem (labeled an old 14!).  I photographed with extra crinoline, but there is already crinoline under for the pouf. Excellent condition.... just the MOST minor wear at underarm edge (see photo).  Even the straps are nice... as they taper! Don't wait!  GRAB THIS like I did!!! 

$ 1,185.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM #7068]
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# 7068 - c. 1960's NORMAN NORELL, New York Black Wool Crepe 2-piece Jet Bead Trim Dress! Museum Deaccession! Still has the original museum tags attached.  Not too often do you see beading on a simple black Norman Norell dress!  But I've got one for you! Well, technically it's a 2-piece dress... a simple basic sleeveless black wool crepe dress with silk bodice meant to be worn with the matching scoop neck, button back, sleeveless overjacket dripping with black jet beaded fringe all the way around.  Classic.  Beautiful.  Hello, Mrs. Obama???  I'm sure you've already heard by now that, in what is believed to be the first time a first lady has ever worn a vintage dress to a public event, Michelle Obama chose a vintage Norman Norell! Excellent condition. Measurements coming.... 

$ 945. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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# 6930 - c. 1965 NORMAN NORELL, New York Red Wool Tweed Dress with Original Belt! Museum Deaccession!  Still has the original museum tags attached.  I got quite a few Norman Norell's from a museum deaccession... and I have to say, this one is my favorite of the bunch.  Love the muted color red tweed with the original soft red leather belt. Fitted sleeveless bodice with slightly gathered skirt, self covered buttons close down the back.  Excellent condition with just a hint of underarm lightening, hardly seen except under inspection.  No surprise, in what is believed to be the first time a first lady has ever worn a vintage dress to a public event, Michelle Obama chose a vintage Norman Norell! Measurements coming: 

$ 965. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 5369 - c. 1970's YVES SAINT LAURENT (YSL), Rive Gauche, Made in France Wine Colored Cotton Velvet Jacket! From the estate of a Long Island, New York socialite who often traveled to Paris to buy her wardrobe.  I even have one of her receipts to prove it.  She was a size 8, so most all of her pieces will fit you if you wear that same size 8.  Sadly one size too large for me.  She loved YSL, Ungaro, Givenchy, Dior, Ted Lapidus, and similar designers.  I have tons of her 1980s blouses (yet to photograph) and some of these great jackets and suits. Sort of a nehru collar. Great black buttons.  This is a cotton velvet from the classic YSL collections of the 1970s.  Excellent condition, though I see one tiny pen mark on the bodice. I'm sure a drycleaner can deal with this. Measures:  36" bust, up to 32" waist, 21" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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# 5456 - c. 1940's "Adrian" Look Wool Striped Jacket!  Nope... there is no Adrian label, but there is no label at all in this 1940's jacket.  AND it came from the collectors who had other Hollywood memorabilia pieces (Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunn, etc). But I can't prove anything, so it's just being sold as a "Gilbert Adrian look" jacket. If you know his work, you will know that he often worked with stripes and running materials in opposite directions for contrast.  OK....so now I have to tell you that it's not perfect either.  There are some small moth holes (see photos)and a slight tear in upper lining (see photo).  Wide shoulderpads, patch flap faux pockets at front.  Nipped in waist.  So, if you love it, take it to a invisible weaver to fix those two of the visible mothholes in the sleeve, and enjoy!! Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 38" hips, 27" long from shoulder to hem. Lined in a persimmon satin.

$ 425. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 5430 - c. 1960's Ivory Beaded Fringe and Sequin Gown! Who wants to play Marilyn??  Can't find anything better than this.. va...va... VOOM!  Fully sequined gown on ivory rayon base with the 9 rows of scalloped white seed bead fringe all the way around. Just fabulous looking! You will need smaller hips than mine :( to wear.... otherwise I'd be fighting you for this gown.  Excellent condition with minor beads/sequins missing  You might see these in the fringe, but only if you are bothering to look. There are also some black flakes on some of the sequins at the upper back.  These come right off if you take the time to scrap with a pin (I did some of it, but I just don't have the time, sorry, so I leave it to you!).  Measures: 35" bust, 25" waist, 35" hips (will tightly fit 36" hips, but you won't be able to sit!), 56" long from shoulder to hem. GORGEOUS on!  NEW LISTING!  

$ 485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 6802 - c. 1960's Boutique GIVENCHY, Paris (Linen Label Under) Pony Fur Skirt! Here's a rare piece!  Certainly quite expensive when new... from the estate of a multi-millionaire!  Chocolate brown pencil skirt with narrow white horizontal stripes of pony fur. There is very little else to say about this. There is a size zipper, and it's lined in black silk.  Measures: 28" waist, up to 37" hip, 27" long from waist to hem.  Excellent condition with the imperfections in the fur as shown in the close-up photos. From Givenchy when it was really Hubert de Givenchy at the helm. A new Givenchy pony fur bracelet today costs over $800! And a pair of Givenchy pony fur shoes, over $1000! A current Givenchy leather skirt costs over $3,000!  Fur would be a step up from that... so you can only imagine, if you could find one, what this might sell for new. NEW LISTING!  

$ 865.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 7294 - c. 1960's MAINBOCHER Suit! 3 Pieces!  Linen Blend Suit with Matching Original Beaded Blouse!  Mainbocher dressed some of the world's most famous women, including the ultimate... designing Wallis Simpson's wedding dress and trousseau for her 1937 marriage to the former Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor).  He continued to design much of the Duchess of Windsor's wardrobe, naming a color, Wallis blue, for her, and created the first strapless evening gown. In 1929/30, he established his own fashion house, becoming the only American to successfully run a couture house in Paris!  He designed expensive, elegant haute couture dresses and gowns for an exclusive clientele, and incredibly charging them for the privilege of viewing his collections!  In 1939, he relocated his business to New York and continued to design for generations of discerning women of means, including Gloria Vanderbilt who was one of the wealthiest women in the world at that time. He also designed for Broadway.  Only the wealthy could afford to own Mainbocher's understated elegence. And now, that includes YOU!  Wonderful 3-piece suit!  I guess I have to call it a light maize color.  LOVE that double notched collar!! Doublebreasted with mother-of-pearl large buttons, 3/4 length sleeves, simple skirt.  Now, I'm showing with the blouse peeking out from under, but you can tuck it in.  Just want you to see that there is a terrific beaded original matching blouse included!  See photos. Excellent condition for all.  Measures: 35" bust, 27" waist, 24.5" long skirt with 6" hem.  The best of the best. NEW LISTING! Also Listed in the Museum Category. 

$ 1,385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 5436 - RARE c. 1950's TRAINA NORELL, New York from Julius Garfinklel & Co, Washington DC, Black Lace Hoop Skirt Dress with Black Satin Waistband!  Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  The back news is that I can't find anything comparable to give you an absolute dating of this dress. The good news is that I can't find anything comparable at all!! That means this is as unique as I think it is!!  Really.  This is certainly worthy of a museum collection.  A simple bones strapless black silk charmeuse sheath dress ... of the finest silk with double side zipper. Over that is the incredible black lace dress with the inset oval shaped hoop!!  The black satin wide waistband is attached and has a lovely sharp sunburst / sunflower design at back.  As least I'm assuming I have this on the correct way... hard to tell, the front and back look so similar other than that waist design element.  I was told that this dress was $400 when new.....back in the 1950s so that's $3,000+ now. Measures:  up to 33/34" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 37" hips.  Excellent condition, especially being such a difficult dress to store for over 50 years... however, there are about 9 small lace breaks mostly on the shoulder and underarms (see photos for examples.  As I said, they are small and can be repaired by a professional).  Lace overdress closes with buttons at the side (see photo).  Absolutely the MOST fabulous 1950s black lace dress....ever!  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Museum Category. 

$ 1,245.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 5406 - c. 1960's Gold Fringe Beaded "Shimmy" Dress!  All I can think of when I see a dress like this is Ann Margaret.  I know some of you are too young to remember just how sexy she was, but she didn't have to do anything but stand there and shake what god gave her.  So, if you want to channel your inner "sex bomb", you just need a little help... and this will do the trick!  Measures:  36" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 37" hips, 36" long from shoulder to hem.   Condition is terrific, with just a few minor beads gone from the shoulders (seems a bit sparse there, but I think there are only a very few beads missing).  The only real issue is that the back metal zipper is off the track and should be replaced.  I have a tailor who will do it for $20, but rather than decide what you want, I thought it best to wait for the buyer to decide if you'd prefer to replace with another metal zipper, or rather with a more invisible newer zipper.  Your choice.   And either I can get my tailor to do it, or you can... especially if you are planning any tailoring anyway.  SO.....  it's priced with the new zipper.... and if you'd rather do it yourself, you can save the $20 which will be knocked off the price. OK? NEW LISTING!

$ 425. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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# 3874a - c. early 1970's HELEN ROSE, MGM Hollywood Designer Floral Silk Organza Halter Gown! When I got married (for the first time) in 1974, I had my bridesmaids wear a similar looking gown... but, believe me... they didn't hold a candle to this lovely Helen Rose gown. Something about a well-designed designer gown... the look is timeless... as opposed to my bridesmaid gowns which, well... Anyway, you can read about Helen Rose at: http://www.antiquedress.com/item2179.htm). 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 1972. 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. Back zipper. Measures: 34" bust, 24" waist, 58" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition.

$ 645. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 (small waist)
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# 7085 - RARE c. 1980's ARNOLD SCAASI Ivory ilk Taffeta Long Ruffled Opera Cape!  Wanna make a grand entrance?  You can't do it with just a pashmina shawl.  You need to "sweep" in with grace and grandeur.  And you might want to keep this on a bit longer than you might a ratty coat... especially for the paparazzi!  And if you don't have paparazzi following you now, you WILL when wearing this cape.  "Who IS that", they will ask while snapping away at you. Deaccessioned from a museum.  Excellent condition.  Arm straps inside as there are no closures on the cape.

$ 1,245. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE one size fits most


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# 6644 - c. 1990's EAVIS & BROWN, London Black Silk Satin Fully Embroidered Corseted Back Bodice!  When Donald Trump got married, his sister chose to wear Eavis & Brown gown.  When Dame Helen Mirren went to the Oscars... yup, Eavis & Brown. And of course, as you probably know... when Heather Mills married Paul McCartney... it was the Eavis & Brown purported $25,000 gown that started Heather's family feud with Stella McCartney! This should allow for lots of admiration with a simple black skirt or slacks... or black jeans for that matter! Achingly beautiful! Like an old masters painting.  You can get lost in the embroidery. Best quality goods, exquisitely made!! Corset back to fit a few sizes.  There are snaps under the corseting which didn't snap on this mannequin, but you can see how it looks like this... and the snaps could be removed if you wish. Shown on 35" bust, 25" waist mannequin, but if you want to snap the back snaps, it's more a size 32/33" bust, 24" waist.  

$ 745. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2
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# 5118 - c. 1980's VICKY TIEL COUTURE, Paris Silk Chiffon Party Dress! If you happen to be a tiny tiny size and love to dress to the nines...  This will really perk up your day! What incredible colors in a sexy strapless "Jessica Rabbit" bodice ruched dress with side "bow sash" and straight skirt for a sexy wiggle. Again, I repeat, you will need to be TINY!  This dress came to me from a woman who worked as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, New York.  So she could have the best of the best.  Excellent condition. Side zipper. Beautifully made and lined. Skirt is slightly sheer.  So... grab your pink diamond necklace (or your plastic beads) and knock 'em dead! Measures:  30" bust, up to 26/27" waist, up to 34" hips, 24" long from waist to hem.  This dress would have cost many thousands of dollars in today's dollars!!    

$ 1,285. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 00
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BOLERO SOLD

# 6327 - c. 1960's H. LEVINE Bone Silk Sateen Simple Gown with Bow Waist and Beaded Bolero! This could so easily be a Jackie Kennedy gown you might see in the Smithsonian! Gorgeously simple. Fitted bodice with classic pleated front bell-shaped skirt and front bow tie.   Comes with a gorgeous pearl and gimpure lace bolero.  Would make a beautiful wedding gown especially for an early 1960s "Camelot" wedding theme!!  Or any wedding!  There are two minor issues.  The gown was dry-cleaned but slight underarm rings still remain. However, if you are wearing the bolero, these are, of course, never seen!  And the other other thing is knitpicky... but the back of the bolero neckline doesn't exactly line up (don't know why... just doesn't) and some of the pearls are worn. These are minor issues, but I have to mention everything for those brides! :)  Measurements coming, but approx size 6.   Also Listed in the Wedding Category. 

$ 485. DRESS ORDER    (BOLERO SOLD)

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 6880 - c. 1940's Black Crepe WWII "USO" Dress with Black Sequin Bows and Trim!  I wish I could have some music playing as you are checkin' out this dress.  Do you know "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B"?  That's the one.  Please start humming now! This is the classic dress that would have been worn to greet the servicemen at a WWII USO event. Or any 1940s dinner date.  I can just see her with platform ankle strap shoes and perhaps a large flower in her hair, or a terrific "doll" hat... um, yeah,... with a feather! And don't forget the seamed stockings! A gorgeous black thin crepe fabric with scoop neckline, short sleeves and terrific black sequin trim with three bows at front!  Great peplum design as well! Small padded shoulders. Hidden side snaps.  Measures: 35" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 37" hips best, 47" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition with extremely, hardly seen reddish discoloration at top of shoulders and down side.  You will have to look hard in bright light to see it.  Don't hesitate about that! You will probably wonder what I'm even talking about when you see the dress.  Since it's a side opening, you will want to try on with a FRIEND, as it's hard to get on over the head!  You don't want to be stuck with the dress half-on and half-off, laughing hysterically at the ridiculous situation you've found yourself in!! :) Been there, done that! :)

$ 565. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 6542 - c. late 1940's/early 1950's HATTIE CARNEGIE, Paris, Palm Beach, New York Black Silk Taffeta Gown Covered with Deco Design Rhinestones!  Hattie Carnegie was never actually a fashion designer, but rather her shops imported expensive original designer Parisian models, as well as employing renowned house designers. The couturiers whose models she imported included Lanvin, Vionnet, Molyneux, Mainbocher Chanel, Patou, Schiaparelli, and Charles James. The upper levels of Hattie Carnegie were quite similar to those of the Paris couture houses, where fine custom clothing was made to order for wealthy society women, movie stars and royalty, including famous customers as Joan Crawford and the Duchess of Windsor. Quoted in the November 1940 Bazaar, "Probably the look most associated with Hattie Carnegie - the perfectly tasteful black evening dress that made the wearer look and feel like $1,000,000!"  And so... I'm pleased to present this extraordinary Hattie Carnegie gown!  Black silk taffeta with teeming with bright rhinestones in a deco pattern design front and back. The low "v" back is covered in a fluttering sheer chiffon and lower back with taffeta streamers (both again covered with the rhinestones).  The shape of the gown with wide "petal" hipline evokes the "new look" probably before Dior, and the petal look probably before Charles James! This gown will need the appropriate underpinnings to fill out as you see, but even hanging on a hanger, it's superb! Museum piece without a doubt.  Measurements coming, but frankly I'd rather you not wear this gem.  Excellent condition, just ever so slight pulling/tearing at chiffon shoulders. Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 3,850. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 6886 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Boutique / Neiman Marcus Gold and Silver Beaded Fringe Asymmetrical Dress!  Probably from the same year as the short beaded fringe short Bob Mackie dress I also have for sale in the Museum section.  That dress has the original Saks Fifth Avenue $7,000 price tag!   This dress gets a lower price on my website since I was able to buy it at a better price, so I pass that on to you... you lucky girls!! Pink, gold and clear rhinestones with gold, silver and white bugle beads, and gold clear and pink clear sequins all on a nude color silk base. Even the nude lining has a "cut" hemline!  Awesome!  Zippered sleeves.  Back zip.  Padded shoulders.  Excellent condition. Measures:  35" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 38" hips, 34" - 54" long from shoulder to asymmetrical beaded hemline. One of the better Mackie dresses! Labeled size 4, but fits the size 6 mannequin as you see... and fits me at my size 6 body. 

$ 2,450.
ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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AUTHENTIC -
LEONA HELMSLEY's GOWN


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# 6593 - c. 1980's Midnight Blue Sequined Halter Gown from the Estate of Hotelier LEONA HELMSLEY!  I purchased a few of the "over-the-top" gowns from the legendary  Leona Helmsley - "Queen of the Mean" as she was known.  With her wealth of over $5 Billion Dollars... she was one of the richest women in the world in the 1980's!  Most of her gowns were custom made for her “by Julia,” the personal, full-time seamstress who designed on dress forms in a separate wing of Helmsley’s opulent living quarters! Ah, that's the life, eh?? :)  As you will see, “She obviously was the epitome of a rich socialite, wanting to stand out in a sea of black."  This is one of my favorite... a midnight blue sequin halter gown trimmed in silver lame braiding.  Crinolines under. Back zip. Excellent condition!  The photos will explain everything.  Measures:  29" waist, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Lined in silk under. Leona wouldn't have worn anything that wasn't special.. here's your chance to dress like a Billionaire... in her actual dress!!    Also Listed in Memorabilia Category.

$ 1,485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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AUTHENTIC -
LEONA HELMSLEY's GOWN

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# 6597 - c. 1980's Multicolored Floral Print Halter Gown with Sequins from the Estate of Hotelier LEONA HELMSLEY!!  Yup, this was my favorite gown at the auction.   I purchased a few of the "over-the-top" gowns from the legendary Leona Helmsley - "Queen of the Mean" as she was known.  With her wealth of over $5 Billion Dollars... she was one of the richest women in the world in the 1980's!  Most of her gowns were custom made for her “by Julia,” the personal, full-time seamstress who designed on dress forms in a separate wing of Helmsley’s opulent living quarters! As you will see, “She obviously was the epitome of a rich socialite, wanting to stand out in a sea of black."  This gown so typifies her style! A gown that looks like a mermaid fantasy! In the light, you will sparkle like a disco mirror ball!!!!  A halter gown of turquoise, purples, charcoal, deep red and black with purple sequins and gold metallic floss.  Ruffled hemline and all up the front of the skirt. Back zip. Excellent condition!  The photos will explain everything.  Measures:  36" bust, 29" waist, up to 41" hips,  60" long from shoulder to hem.  Lined in silk under. Here's your chance to dress like a Billionaire... in her actual dress!!  Also Listed in Memorabilia Category.  

$ 1,485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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# 3786 - c. 1950's HOWARD GREER, Beverly Hills Glorious Sage Green Silk Chiffon Red Carpet Evening Gown!  Many of you ask how I can sell all my great pieces. The stock answer is... "it's my job, so I have to try not to get too emotional about any particular piece".  However, every so often, it becomes extremely difficult to let something go.. like... oh god... this... amazing... wahhhhhhh!  I have been holding on to this for many years hoping to some day wear it myself.  But it really isn't the best color for my very olive complexion.  But would look awesome on just about any other skintone.  Howard Greer was a top Hollywood designer who was trained under Molyneux and Poiret. This gown is a masterpiece of sage silk chiffon which drapes up to the original rose decoration, and falls to side trains.  In some photos I have hiked up the trains to show what it might look like for easy walking.  Still fabulous! Back metal zipper. Fully lined. The gown is not in Mint condition, but it's close enough!  One of my all-time favorite red carpet gowns!  Issues: see photos to see one tiny spot on front waist, two small spots on scarf, fixable heel tear at edge of hem of other scarf, minor discoloration at hem of scarf, and the flowers are wilted! However this is a rare opportunity for a top Hollywood designer's majestic gown. I only wish I knew its history, and who the lucky starlet was who wore this! Measures: 32.5" bust, 24.5" waist, up to 35" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 3,765. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

AUTHENTIC - DEBBIE REYNOLDS Worn for Las Vegas Show


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# 7709 - c. 1980's Original BOB MACKIE Blue Beaded Gown Designed for, Created for and Worn on Las Vegas Stage by Debbie Reynolds!  Still looking for the exact date of this show in Vegas, but I DID find a copy of the original Las Vegas Debbie Reynolds show program and as you can see, the gown is featured on the front, and shown as worn by Ms. Reynolds on the back of the program!  This is NOT a store bought gown, but an ORIGINAL Bob Mackie creation for the stage as you will see from the very high slit in the skirt, the heavy and very long metal zipper at the back and the plain Bob Mackie label (unique).  The gown is a deep royal sapphire blue sheer gown with huge bell sleeves, high cowl collar in front to low "v" in back.  Lined torso.  VERY high slit will show off lots of leg. Gown is covered with various shades of blue bugle beads which are also used for beaded tassels, and rhinestones are added for a little extra glitz (as if it needed anymore!). ;)   Minimal bead loss.... hardly worth mentioning, and one chiffon pull found on sleeve (see photo).  Excellent condition (though it was worn as you can see).  A true Bob Mackie treasure. Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 36" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem, 20" long metal zipper at back, 32" long slit in skirt.   Final Sale Movie/Memorabilia piece.  Also Listed in the Mackie and 1930-Today Categories.  

$ 9,500.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4
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Worn by MICK JAGGER -
Verbal Provenance

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# 7190 - Spring 2005 Collection BALENCIAGA, Paris Black Fully Bugle Beaded Concert Jacket! Verbal Provenance Worn by Mick Jagger!  I was hoping to find a photo of Mick wearing this jacket prior to putting it up on my website just to complete the provenance.  However, there is no question in my mind that this is exactly what it was represented to be (and if any of you Jagger fans can find me a photo of him wearing it, you get a $100 "finder's fee" from me!). I'd pay more if I wasn't SO convinced by SO many elements of this piece already. First off, Mick hangs out with Balenciaga designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, and wears Balenciaga.  Second, it's black (Mick's color), it's absolutely Mick's "look" (you can just see the cut "tails" flying as he stomped across the stage), and it's exquisitely designed and made so it would have been extraordinarily expensive!  Next, it's the correct size for Mick.. just about a female size 6 and quite abbreviated in the front (as Mick nearly always wears).  This jacket came to me directly from a gentleman in NYC who says he got it from an extremely wealthy woman who ran in the right circles to make this all very plausible.  I prefer absolute COAs or photos, but I'm selling this jacket for the price of a Balenciaga fully beaded jacket... and then Mick Jagger connection is just a bonus at this point!  Note, this jacket weighs a ton! Near Mint condition! Note... just to give you a clue to Balenciaga's prices... Balenciaga's simple little Cream Print Silk Beaded Dress from the F/W 2009 collection listed at $25,550.!  This is a million times more elaborate! I'm told by Balenciaga that this jacket retailed for $29,710 back in 2005.  So that's $32,365 in 2009 dollars (love those inflation calulators!).  But I can almost guarantee you that this would cost more if produced today... it's extraordinary!   Also listed in Museum Category and 1930-Today Categories.

$ 35,000. ORDER


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# 11316 - c. 1930's Black Net with Floral Appliques 3-piece Outfit!  Hooded Coat, Camisole and Skirt!   OK... this outfit confuses me to no end!!!  The material and the appliques at certainly from the 1930's... even the black lace on the inner balloon sleeves and the coat hood are 1930s.  However you would expect to see a gown under this hooded coat, but instead it's a 2-piece "dress"... with camisole top (with scalloped hemline of silk) and an "elastic" waist tiered lace skirt.  So the hooded coat seems perhaps to be all original in shape and construction... but the neckline and large circle applique at the back of the coat are certainly unique!  And the coat is in great condition other than that one lousy net repair at mid back.  Cover with an applique or small black lace and it's gone... or get a good seamstress to repair correctly.  Just sayin'.   Then comes the camisole top... that seems like it could all be original... especially due to the scalloped hemline all around.  But the skirt is the confusing part.  There is a pull string in the waist rather than elastic.  I would certainly put elastic in (assuming it was there originally).  It's the rust ribbon bands that are most confusing.  They just seem "off" to me... but it's possible I've just never seen anything like this before and it's normal and fine.  I like to see new things.... but it just reminds me that I don't know everything.  DAMN!!!  The only thing that really bugs me is the shoulder pads that are in the net coat.  I might remove those if I were you, or replace with better looking ones. Measures: 34-36" bust, up to 33" waist, skirt is 35" long from waist to hem, coat is 50" long.  

$ 345.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
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# 7476 - c. 1990 MOSCHINO Cheap and Chic, Made in italy "Art is Love" Colorblock Mondrian Heart Dress!  Yves Saint Laurent was the first designer to "rip off" Mondrian's colorblock painting in a dress. in 1965.  And OK, the YSL dress is iconic... but I gotta say, I LOVE what Moschino did with his version in 1990ish. He added the huge red heart and the words, "Art is love".  I smile each time I see this dress.  I wish all fashion evoked such an emotion.  Measures:  34" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 36" hips, 33" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition... but please note:  This is NOT WHITE.  NEVER WAS. It's an off-white or very light bone color with bright red, blue, yellow and black.  Fully lined. Collector's piece... but also very wearable!   NOTE:  I currently have shoes from this same Moschino Mondrian colorblock heart collection available.  Just click on the HATS category to see!  

$ 985.  
SOLD on LAYAWAY   

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 7671 - c. 1993 MOSCHINO CHEAP and CHIC, Made in Italy Mulitcolored "Jester" or "Ribbons" Jacket!  Moschino lovers... I KNOW I'm not the only one who loved watching Fran Drescher's outfits in The Nanny during the 1990s.  At that point, I didn't know how many Moschino pieces she was wearing... I just knew who cool they were!  This one was one of my favorites... and voila! I found one!  From The Nanny,  Season 1, Episode 16. May be in an additional episode as Fran's hairdo is different in these two photos.   This jacket isn't absolutely perfect because there are a few minor spots (seen only when you are looking... as I didn't even see them until I was photographing). So just look at the last few photos to see all the issues.  Then whip out your black miniskirt or leggings and black t-shirt or turtleneck and ENJOY YOURSELF!  Fashion should never be too serious! :)  Measures:  36" bust, up to 29" waist.  

$ 485.  SOLD on LAYAWAY 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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SOLD on LAYAWAY 
# 7698 - c. 1990's MOSCHINO Cheap & Chic, Made in Italy Jigsaw Dress in Black and Cream!  Size 10!   I love Moschino.  Actually I love this dress so much, I found another one just for you!!!!  I just love "whimsy" in fashion, so what's better than a colorblock jigsaw pieces shift dress??   Fully lined.  Zipper at back.  There are those of you who collect Moschino pieces... and if you don't yet.. you might want to consider starting your collection!  Acetate/Rayon material... like a thin crepe.  Easy to wear. Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 39" hips. 38" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition. Don't try to get on a bus in this dress... it's tight around the hemline to give you the appropriate wiggle! :)  

$ 565.  SOLD on LAYAWAY 

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 11393 - 1990's GIORGIO ARMANI (Black Label), Made in Italy Black Velvet Massive Shrug Jacket!  From the same estate as the Armani coat above... another high-end black label Giorgio Armani from a NYC woman who had ONLY the best high-end labels.  And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black. In trying to research this opera or evening velvet shrug (which is quite impressive in person), I found a very similar one (see photos) with the original price tag of $11,050 !!!!   Labeled size 38. Can be worn open at the front, or there are 3 hidden buttons that will allow you to wear it closed.  Some internal padding for warmth.  Excellent condition, except the most minor tiny velvet sheen at one back shoulder.  This can be steamed out if you care.  You shouldn't care it's so minor as to not even be mentioned.  I suppose you COULD wear this inside out if you wanted if you remove the label. A steal at this price if you always wanted a top designer evening jacket!!  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Category.

SOLD
on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2-6 (depending how you wear it)
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SOLD
# 7207 - c. 1954 PHILIP HULITAR Black Silk Dress with Lace Trim!  Larger Size!  Yup, Philip Hulitar.  If you know vintage, you know this is a great label with great design!  The material is like a baby faille weight, but not really ribbed, so I'm not sure what the name of the silk fabric is.  I should take a course, but I'm just too busy, so please forgive my lack of knowledge. I DO know what's pretty and well-made, and that's really all that's important!  From Vintage Label Resource: "Starting in 1935, Philip Hulitar was the custom designer of maternity, evening, and wedding attire for Bergdorf Goodman. Hulitar opened his own business in 1949 and continued to make evening clothes in the same sophisticated manner. He retired in 1964."  His dresses are sought after and collected... no surprise!  This dress Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 42" hips, 31" waist to hem.  Excellent condition though I think there might have been a satin bow or rosette just below the ribbon on the chest.  Don't know for sure... it's just what I would have put there. :)  Metal zipper at back.  Gorgeous!!!!!  I even found a photo of Hollywood starlet, Jody Lawrance wearing this dress in a publicity photo c. 1954!  

$ 865.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10/12

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