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[ORDER ITEM - #6438]
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#6438 - c. 1990's CHRISTIAN LACROIX (?) Red Plum Colored Trapunto and Embroidered Dinner Suit!  My "profession" opinion that this is a Christian Lacroix suit for three reasons. 1) It has original Made in Italy labels still inside, 2) There is an outline on the lining of the jacket in the exact same shape as the uniquely large Lacroix label , and 3) It's certainly has the right Lacroix look! SO... I'll bet you I'm right! :)  It almost doesn't matter what the label as the suit is so beautiful that the designer label isn't necessary to know the quality! A gorgeous red plum color with full trapunto treatment (quilted look!).  The large pockets and upper back are embroidered with metallic gold and red, greens, and white for the flowers.  Nice jeweled button at uniquely shaped neckline.  Great seaming at shoulders and at waistline.  Pencil skirt.  Wear together as a suit, or separately.  Measures:  34-36" bust, 25" waist skirt, 18" long skirt, 25" long jacket.  Small shoulder pads. Near mint condition. 

$ 685. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(check measurements above)


[ORDER ITEM - #6166]
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#6166- c. 1930's Extraordinary Fully Beaded Black Rayon Gown with Matching Bolero!  Geez I wish I had videos rather than photos to show you so you could see this gown in motion - as it's fully beaded so will catch the light at every minute movement.  All those little white spots you see are clear beads on black rayon crepe.  Awesome!  AND comes with the original matching fully beaded bolero (see photos).  I'm showing the gown in some photos with some rhinestone clips as that how it would have been accessorized... but they don't come with it.  Love that low back with double straps!  This gown fits like a glove!!!!  So slimming on.. but you have to be small to start with.  Metal zipper on side.  Near Mint condition! Measures: 33/34" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 34" hips, 55" long from shoulder to hem, 58" long in back.  Also Listed in the 1850-1930s Category.

$ 1,465. ORDER  

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


[ORDER ITEM - #6081]
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#6081 - c. 1980's ARNOLD SCAASI Metallic Print Strapless Ballgown! When looking for designer duds, always try to find the best labels from those designers.  For Scaasi... look for the full "Arnold Scaasi" label (as you see), not just Scaasi.  Scaasi opened his ready-to-wear line in 1956, and won the Coty Fashion award in 1958.  However a few years later he dropped his ready-to-wear line and decided to just focus on his high fashion made-to-order pieces... opening his couture salon in 1964.  He dressed Barbra Streisand, Ivana Trump, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor and Mary Tyler Moore among others, and designed Barbara Bush's 1989 inaugural gown now at the Smithsonian. This is one of those high quality gowns!  In a gorgeous pink and gray coloration of a metallic silk fabric with ribbon design feature.  And that bustline!!  Like old ribbon candy... and may help a smallish bust to look larger! Slightly dropped waistline gives just about anyone an hourglass figure.  Stunning.  Near Mint condition.  My favorite description of Arnold Scaasi is that of "ballgownmeister"!! Measures: 34/35" bust, 24/25" waist, 45" long from natural waistline to hem. Metal back zipper. Fully lined in pink silk. Likely an $8,000-$10,000 gown new!

$ 1,285. ORDER  

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


[ORDER ITEM - #4264]
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#4264 - c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Coral Silk and Sequin and Beaded "Jessica Rabbit and Tulip" Gown! Don't even think about this unless you want to show off your breasts!!! Bob Mackie built some of his early dresses with the same understructures that enhanced the bodies of many a famous actress. If you look at the interior, you will see there are cups for the breasts that almost act as cushions. The bodice top may not fit tightly, but your breasts will be hidden in the cushioning... just ever so slightly! Really... this is a gown for those of you who prefer a bit of exhibition.. or perhaps that's just how it fit me! I just made up that name for the gown, but it fits perfectly! Bodice is a lovely concoction of sequins and beading in a abstract floral design. Please note... the gown was WAY too small on this hard-busted mannequin, so the back is open in one photo.. in the other back photo I played a bit, so you can see it closed at back, so the design back there isn't real! Just me playing! Look at the photo of the unclosed back to see the real design back there. Excellent condition with two practically invisible spots on the skirt. Back zipper. Measures: 33/34" bust, 25/26" waist, up to 40" hips, 41" long from waist to hem.

$ 895.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(check measurements above)


[ORDER ITEM - #4797]
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#4797 - c. 1967 SHANNON RODGERS for JERRY SILVERMAN Minty Green Silk Shantung Mod Dress with Fabulous Lattice Work Hemline! This label was established in 1959. Rodgers had previously designed for the movies, and Silverman worked at Martini designing adaptations of Paris fashions. Together they were known for their Americanized versions of Balenciaga designs with simple, elegant dresses often with a single decoration to add interest. Well... this dress certainly fits that description! :) However.. I need help. This is silk, but it's either shantung or perhaps dupioni.... has slubs in the fabric and has a great sheen. So who out there can email me the difference??? I often get my higher education from my website readers! :) What I DO know is how to find amazing dresses! This is one of those that you dream about. The color in person is killer! Perhaps a bit lighter than in the photos (depending on your monitor screen). Simple A-line shape with back zipper and the two simple bows at low front and high back. Beautifully well-made dress. Excellent condition, but it does have minor spots (see close-up photos for the three areas). They are extremely light and forgiveable and tend to get lost in the fabric sheen and slubs. You won't care once you see this gorgeous dress in person. Measures: 36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 38" hips, 36" long from shoulder to hem. Fully lined in fine silk and feels awesome on!

$ 485. ORDER  

Approx. - Size 6/8
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)


[ORDER ITEM - #9742]
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#9742 - c. 1950's Tulip Shaped Pink Silk Satin Brocade Strapless Evening Gown! This is one of those gowns that you'd think would have a designer label like Elizabeth Arden or Helena Barbieri.  The material is a flattering pink on hot pink silk satin brocade which has a great sheen to it.  The bodice has the "crumb catcher" design, but can be worn three different ways (depending on how you position the horizontal crumb catcher piece). I've shown it all three ways in photos. It's a subtle difference, but a difference. And oh.. the hemline!!!  Tulip shaped and depending on your height can train a bit at back... or not.  Attached waistband has a large matching bow at front.  Back metal zipper. Excellent condition.  Measures: 35" bust, 23-25" waist (25" without using the inner waistband), up to 41" hips, 33" long from shoulder to hem in front, 43" long in back.  Certainly if the bust is too large, it can be tailored to fit.   

$ 745. ORDER  

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

Worn by Felicity Huffman
at the 2006 Emmy Awards


[ORDER ITEM  - #6486]
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#6486 - c. 2006 FELICITY HUFFMAN Worn MONIQUE LHUILLIER Taupe Silk Halter Gown!  This is THE gown worn by Felicity Huffman at the 58th annual Emmy Awards - she was an on-stage presenter that year with Kiefer Sutherland awarding Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Comes with COA.  The gown still has some residual tape at the back neck and breasts to keep it in place for Felicity. So.. gals... tape up your own breasts (or if you are one of those who has perfect perky breasts anyway... I hate you! :) and find a red carpet somewhere!  And don't forget to just happen to have this photo of Felicity in your evening bag to show off! Exquisitely classy even with the extreme low cut bodice.  Has that beaded and smoky rhinestoned ornament at the upper shoulder.  Excellent condition.  Measurements and more photos coming, but approximately size 4/6.   Also Listed in the Memorabilia Section. 

$ 1,585. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #9816]
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#9816 - c. mid-1960's GEOFFREY BEENE Black Wool and Black Satin Tunic and Skirt with Original Belt! Geoffrey Beene started his own line in 1963 after working for Teal Traina (no surprise... this has the look and tailoring you would expect!).  Obviously one of his earliest pieces. Wonderful.  Low scoop neck tunic with wide satin hemline.  The wide belt loops through 4 slits.  Worn over a matching skirt... or if you are bold, you can wear the tunic alone over tights. Near Mint condition.  Slash pockets hidden at seams! Measures: 36" bust (perhaps up to 37"), 25" waist of skirt (can certainly make larger as it's totally covered!), up to 37" hips, Tunic is 31" long from shoulder to hem, skirt is 22" long, Both together is 38" long from shoulder to skirt hem.  There is a 4" hem which seems perhaps original for the weight and era. This great very wearable AND collector piece comes direct to you from the private collection of a 1960's high fashion model!TOTALLY in VOGUE now!

$ 785. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 


[ORDER ITEM - #4502]
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#4502 - c. 1950's OLEG CASSINI Russet Colored Lace Dress with Original Design Patent Tag!  For those of you who have vintage clothing worthy of a museum, this dress should be added to your collection!  The design itself is, of course as you can see, fabulous... but it's the original Design Patent tag inside that is so unique!  Frankly I've not seen a tag like this on any dress before.  Perhaps it's that rare, or perhaps I'm just not looking hard enough.  I know of two other black lace Cassini dresses of the same design, so obviously the dress was produced, but perhaps this could be the original sample?  Seems slightly better as the others with the bows at straps, and the shape seems a bit more elegant. You know Oleg Cassini as the official couturier for Jackie Kennedy during her White House years.  I'm sure this design was a bit too sexy for her, but would have worked beautifully on his finance, Grace Kelly. Russet color lace in "sunburst" design skimming over a more fitted sexy russet sheathe dress with plunging bodice of nude fabric. Tie bows at shoulders and back. The condition looks Excellent in the photo, but is only Good condition, as there are small breaks in the lace under the arms (see photos) and one short lace line break on the bodice near front/side, and just "tired" overall.   Still a wonderful museum quality early Oleg Cassini dress with great tag! Measures: 34" bust, 24/25" waist, up to 36" hips, 26" long from waist to hem.  NOTE:  To keep dress is best condition, Final Sale Item!  Also listed in the Museum Category. 

$ 785. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #6134]
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#6134 - c. 1960's TEAL TRAINA, New York Black Silk Dress with Matching Trapeze Shaped Sleeveless Bolero!  Yeah, I'm sure there is a better name for this kind of top... it's kind of a cape or blouse or jacket or whatever. The beauty of the dress is in the simplicity of the shape... high "v" neck, interestingly cut-in sleeveless shoulders, and elliptical waist seaming getting lower at back. The bolero is also sleeveless, button front with attached ties to tie.  Measures:  35" bust, 26" waist, 36/37" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem.  Back metal zipper. The ties on the bolero can be tied a few ways.. but I liked this best.  Lined in voile for that classy touch. Excellent condition with extremely minor dust marks which I'm sure will be made perfect with one dry-cleaning.  Oh, and the the tag is a bit dirty (who cares!).   

$ 385. ORDER  

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


[ORDER ITEM - #6137]
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#6137 - c. 1970's ALFRED BOSAND, New York Royal Blue Net Over Silk Crepe Rhinestone and Beaded Gown with Matching Scarf! 1970's?  I don't know... could be 1960's as well.  This one is hard to date for sure. Suffice it to say "it's vintage" if anyone asks. Great fabric in a royal blue netting over a matching blue silk crepe studded with silver bugle beads and large rhinestones.  Gorgeous, but tiny so read on if you happen to Measure:  30" bust, 25" underbest (empire), up to 28" waist, up to 37" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem (56" long from shoulder to hem if you want to steal some rhinestones!).   The scarf is 46" long x 9" wide.  Back nylon zipper. Excellent condition except for some beads/rhinestones missing here and there... so... as I mentioned, if you hem up to a 56" long (still quite long), you will have extra stones and beads to replace those missing.  And voila... good as new!   Smashing on the right small-boned gal! A wonderful, exciting gown that won't overwhelm you. 

$ 685.  ORDER  

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


[ORDER ITEM - #3970]
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#3970 - c. 1990's NOLAN MILLER COUTURE Ivory Embroidered Open Lace Organdy "Mermaid" Slightly Trained Gown! I bought this gown some years ago from a large Nolan Miller auction.  Many of the pieces I purchased were designed specifically for the New York City Ballet Company  for "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake" and some others.  However, in the midst of this auction came this lot of SEVEN of these Nolan Miller Couture open lace "mermaid" gowns - all matching, FOUR in perfect condition! These are the COUTURE line, NOT what you would find in your local department store. Absolutely gorgeous.  Embroidered openwork lace organdy of bows and flowers skim over the body and then flares out at knee.  Satin band around bustline and bow at back.  Zipper at back.  Most of these gowns also come with matching long gloves (which are very long and tight... so I'm not sure they are wearable unless you have ballet dancer's arms).  Just so you know, I recently saw this same gown sell on a different vintage clothing website for $2,000.   Well worth that, but you luck out and can buy for less. The skirt has 4-layers!!   Excellent condition.   Gown #1 Measures:  32" bust, up to 26/27" waist, up to 37" hips, best for 5'2" gal.  Gown #2 Measures: 31/32" bust, up to 26" waist, best for taller gal 5'6"+.  Would make a wonderful wedding gown, or just a formal gown.  Add some black trim or a black wrap and long black gloves for a Black & White ball.  Also Listed in the Wedding Section. 

Dress #1 - $ 1,250. ORDER
Dress #2 - $ 1,250.
ORDER
Dress #3 - $ 1,250.
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Dress #4 - $ 1,250. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2 and SIZE 4
(all measurements are maximum)


[ORDER ITEM - #6484]
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#6484 - c. 1950's GITER, Roma (Made in Italy) Lavender Wool Tweed Suit!  A pretty colored lavender wool tweed double-breasted suit in the typical Jackie Kennedy shape of the early 1960's.  Interesting seaming at the edges to give a hint of design tailoring.  Even the skirt zipper is interestingly positioned.  Fully lined.  1/2 length sleeves will show off your jewelry, or your matching lavender leather gloves (yeah, it will give you something to search for!  And isn't that part of the vintage fun?) There are two rows of large lavender buttons with snaps under to keep it nicely in place.  Fully lined in lavender. The label reads Giter, Roma - Made in Italy - P.zza Barberini 11, Roma.  Measures: Up to 40" bust on jacket (meant to be worn boxy), 26" waist, 23" long skirt (with 3" hem). back zipper. I'll bet this was a good label, but I have no information.  I'm sure one of my customers in Italy will know! For the quality, it should be more... but since I don't know the designer... you win! Excellent condition.  Be a lady!!    

$ 385.  ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6172]
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#6172 - c. late 1940's Black Thin Crepe Party Peplum Waist Party Dress with Fully Beaded Bodice and Sheer Yoke!  OK.. tiny gals... wanna great 40s dress?  I know there are loads of 40's parties and weddings to attend, and you will be so happy to have this waiting in your closet when all those other girls are scouring cyberspace and flea markets with panic in their eyes searching day and night for something, anything perfect to wear. Love the sheer net yoke which allows for the faux off-the-shoulder look!  Very fitted bodice, fully beaded to glitter in the light,  to the flippy crepe skirt and the perfect little beaded peplum.  For a totally different look, wear with a 50s petticoat for a wide, more "new look" skirt! Which, frankly, might have been the original concept for this dress... a cross between 40's and 50's.  Surprising back metal zipper... surprising as you might expect to see it on the side of the dress rather than the back, but again, that just proves it to be late 40's.  Unlined as it originally was. Measures:  32/33" bust, 25" waist, 33/34" hip, 44" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition.   

$ 645. ORDER  

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


[ORDER ITEM - #9910]
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#9910 - RARE c. 1960's HELEN ROSE Couture Pink Beaded Dress!  Helen Rose was one of the few top Hollywood Designers from the 1940s-60s. She costumed over 200 films for MGM, was honored with 10 Oscar nominations and two Oscar wins! She designed wardrobe for a long list of stars. And her designs are memorable...such as Elizabeth Taylor's famous white wrap dress and slip from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".  She was Grace Kelly's favorite, designing her wardrobe for "The Swan" and "High Society" AND her personal wedding gown, as well as Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding gown to Nicky Hilton,  a white satin gown embellished with seed pearls and beading which had taken a number of beaders two months to complete! Helen's consumer line, "Helen Rose Couture", existed from 1957-1972. In 1957, the price for her couture version of the Liz Taylor "Cat" short chiffon dress was $250! So you can just imagine the original price of this beaded gown! Easily $2000+ in the 60s! Fitted fully beaded dress with extremely flattering low "v" neckline both front and back.  Fabulous floral beaded and rhinestones over the entire bodice and wide band at hemline.  Awesome! If Helen Rose was good enough for Grace Kelly and Liz Taylor for their wedding gowns, well... By the way, don't forget to mention the Grace Kelly / Liz Taylor connection to every woman in the room! Measures tops: 33/34" bust, 23/24" waist (23" inner band), 35/36" in the hips, 39" long from shoulder to hem. This is an opportunity to experience the luxury and glamour that was reserved for filmland's most beautiful women. Near Mint condition!  The BEST of the BEST! Also listed in the Museum Category.

$ 7,500.  ORDER  

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


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#4823 - c. 1966 MAINBOCHER Sumptuous Golden Metallic Evening Gown with Original Slip!  Magnificent fabric of  gold, pink, mint green and yellow metallic paisley... Elegance with flash! Excellent condition with just ever so slight wear under one armhole.  Looks like 2-piece but it's a dress with side nylon zipper.  Measures: 34" bust (small cup size best!), 27" waist, 40" long from waist to hem.  Slip has 24" waist, 37" long and has large stains on the slip only.  It's an added bonus to have it, but not necessary as the dress has it's own shape. Gorgeous gown... even the interior is beautiful!  

$ 1,865. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6 (slip has small waist)
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 

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