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VERY RARE Vintage 1940s Gladys Williams Designer Silk Red + Green CRANE DRESS Novelty Hawaiian Sarong Sundress Size XS to S

Regular price $2,204.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $2,204.00 CAD
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•Highlights: an icon, and so scarce as to have no other copy in this scarlet and lime green colorway on Google, past or present, or at least none that I could find! 

One shoulder design; shoulder strap festooned with a carefully cut-out crane fabric appliqué; boned and seamed bodice fully lined in ivory cotton; nipped waist w attached sash to tighten; cross-over sarong skirt

This eyepoppingly gorgeous vintage designer Hawaiian is presented well-preserved and as-found, priced appropriately for what it is. A true collector's top-shelf piece, suitable for wearing or for a museum of fashion. I have been in no particular rush to part with her...she's a locally sourced joy to own and to behold.

Use ShopPay at checkout for layaway -- you pay in four no-interest installments, but your item goes out in our very next shipment! (If you need another form of layaway, it will be available after 24 hours or more have passed from listing time.)

•Fabric(s): kimono style silk

•Lined: bodice lined in cotton; skirt double-layered in front by design

•Closures: rear metal zipper

•Designer/Labels: Gladys Williams, Honolulu

Any accessories or belts shown in photos are prop pieces and not included unless mentioned.


About a modern size XS to S; please allow room for movement and ease, and note photo showing the generous interior allowances of fabric at rear zipper area...she could definitely be altered somewhat larger using darts and allowances, do check in if you need more info or fabric measurements!

Bust to about 36"

Waist to about 26"/tight 27" unbelted, tie to adjust smaller

Hips to about 38"/tight 40" (the front is wrap style and difficult to measure, but this is what it measures out to be at back hip at 10" down from waist seam, doubled

Shoulder on side with strap to waist seam about 16" and has extra strap allowance for adjustments if you need a longer bodice

Underarm of bodice to waist about 8"

Shoulder to hem about 44" and has 2 1/2" hem turned up


Very good vintage shape, presents beautifully as shown, with vivid color and no underarm issues. Sold as-found and is 70+ years old.

I lightly steam-pressed but opted NOT to dry clean this one. If it came back from our cleaners with any change in condition I would be crushed. There are no odors or anything weird, and it's never been worn by me.

I took extensive photos, including any subtle imperfections I found. Give all photos a look.

A couple faint tan speckles on the upper edge of bird's wing, the backside of bird could use new pellon or similar structural backing (easy, but worth leaving to an expert sewist), rear bodice would benefit from a hook/eye added to top of zipper placket, a tiny dark dot at side skirt camouflaged by the dangling sash ends, small dark dot at bottom of zipper placket, two small faint/"weak tea" splashes low on front skirting as shown. All of this is easy to overlook -- I mean, look at her.


Our pieces are true vintage with a history and a past life, not newly made reproductions. Please be familiar with vintage clothing and read over our shop policies before purchasing. 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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