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ON HOLD for LAYNE - Vintage 1950s Dress - RARE Kamehameha Eugene Savage Matson Menu Print "Island Feast" Hawaiian Halter Sundress Size L - XL

Regular price $969.00 AUD
Regular price Sale price $969.00 AUD
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On hold for Layne ($798 - 20% heritage discount / $160)

Do not purchase if you are not Layne!


This is an INCREDIBLY RARE vintage 1950s dress...I could not find a "live" example of it elsewhere on the Internet. Please see the early 1950s ads...this fabric was only used by Kamehameha for four years, beginning in 1951 (not the 1940s).

Halter bodice with generous cups, central shirring, and underbust seaming. A full circle skirt w hip pocket, expertly cut and laid out to show off that beautiful saturated print. Harder to find curvy size, too!

This particular vintage Aloha print attempts to portray Native Hawaiian joy and celebration rather than something more performative for the tourist gaze. Eugene Savage didn't always get it right in his artwork (some of his other murals pander to what can only be seen as a fabricated colonialist fantasy, sigh).

That said, if you happen to have this heritage and would find this dress meaningful, please reach out for an additional 20% off.

Side note: this piece is difficult to price given there are no comps out there. I'm well aware that some other Eugene Savage designs have current asking prices of 1.5K to 2.5K...but I want our vintage fashion worn and enjoyed by the public, not held in perpetuity as dusty museum pieces. For the price of two very nice 50s Hawaiians, you can have the rarest of them all!

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•Fabric(s): swishy nylon taffeta, considered a wonder fabric of its day!

•Closures: pulls on

•Designer/Labels: Miss Hawaii for Kamehameha, made in Honolulu

All accessories (belts, jewelry, crinolines, pins, etc.) are for style inspiration only unless indicated.


Fits about a modern L to XL estimated; please allow room for fit/ease!

Has extra generous bust cups which do look D/DD in size.

This is about 36" unstretched, 42" stretched through underarm area, but the bust cups are extra generous and look D to DD in size...each cup is about 10" across, 7" tall

Waist about 34" slack, 38" taut

Hips full

Bodice length adjusts with halter tie

Underarm to waist seam about 9"

Skirt, waist to hem 30"


Great vintage shape EXCEPT for the smocking. 70+ years old.

This dress looks barely if ever worn, kept out of the sun/lighting so it has not faded at all.

But the rear bodice's elastic smocking has relaxed over the years, especially at its lowermost portion. It retains some stretch, as noted. Not like it would have been when new.

If you need to adjust size smaller, you may wish to either have smocking redone or address this in other ways with your tailor/sewist (taking it in from sides or the center back seam of bodice, for example). 

Tailoring/smocking redo is not included in what is a very fair price for something of this level of rarity.


Our pieces are true vintage with a history and a past life, not newly made reproductions. Minor signs of previous use and age are normal and expected for all true vintage pieces. Flaws and issues are carefully noted/photographed, and our detailed photos give you a good idea of the look of each garment. We're happy to answer any questions you might have to help you with online purchasing.

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