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RARE Vintage 1940s Dress - Exquisitely Sculpted Cotton Documented 1948 Cole of California Halter Sundress w French Style Teal Checkerboard Print Fits Range

Regular price $558.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $558.00 CAD
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•Highlights: fitted, highly smocked bodice and waist borrows details from the sportswear and swimwear they were known for in the era; adjustable button-rear halter straps; the print works with the careful cut of the bodice to form an enchanting heart shape; sweeping gathered tea length skirt

A phenomenal and very rare example hailing from 1948 (see January of '48 ad)'s unlikely you'll see another. For the collector who wants a true showstopper nobody else will have! I do NOT use the word "rare" lightly!

Please use ShopPay at checkout to pay in four no-interest installments, but dress ships out in very our next shipment!

•Fabrics: waffle weave cotton pique in teal and white, print similar to vintage French kitchen enamelware

•Lined: bodice fully lined

•Closures: no

•Designer/Labels: Cole of California

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


 Fits a nice range of busty figures; please allow room for fit/ease!

Bust (underarm area measured flat, then doubled) about 32" slack to 40" pulled taut (without overstretching)

The bust cups are ruched and pretty flexible and generous...I'm a D cup and they cover me quite adequately

Waist about 22" slack, 34" pulled taut (without overstretching)

Hips full

Shoulder to waist adjusts with straps

Underarm of bodice to approximate natural waist hem about 10" and to slightly dropped waist seam about 13"

Length of skirt about 30" and has 4" of hem turned up


Overall great vintage shape. Gently cleaned and well-preserved for a piece of early sportswear.

I had to inspect it several times to find a faint, ghostly trace of age toning at one side of waist on the smocked panel and hints on the straps. So minor and unnoticeable as to be not worth soaking this piece and risking damage...this 76-year-old dress presents as fresh, bright, and crisp, as shown.


Our pieces are true vintage with a history and a past life, not newly made reproductions. You should expect to see some signs of age and previous use in all vintage clothing, especially the older pieces. We are happy to answer any questions you might have to help you with online purchasing. 

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Vintage is sold as-is and all sales are final. All vintage garments will show signs of previous wear and use, including deadstock and unworn pieces. We take extra care to note and/or photograph any imperfections we find. You can read our thousands of happy reviews on Etsy and eBay for an idea of the quality and high standards we strive to keep.



All items purchased during our sale ship Feb 5th, 2024. We do not have access to inventory before then, and the sale discounts are to thank you for your patience.


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