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Vintage 1940s to 1950s New Look Era Dress - PHENOMENAL Cream + Green & Blood Orange Pagoda Garden Courtly Scenic Print Circle Dress w Front Metal Zipper Size S

Regular price $198.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $198.00 USD
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•Highlights: pointy collar; angular winged cuffs; amazing old bell-pull Talon front metal zipper almost to the hem!; fitted waist; voluminous true circle skirt has scattered sequins in the print

Beautiful print depicts a court scene with a royal figure and their umbrella-holding attendant crossing a bridge. Another royal sits in contemplation under a tasseled canopy...alongside lush flourishes, pagodas, peonies.

I believe this is Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) style art, but I am not an expert, and it may very well feature further embellishments and "poetic license" on the part of the artist.

If you feel this dress represents your culture or heritage in a meaningful way, please reach out for an additional 15% discount. This is offered on the honor system, as always. 

•Fabrics: I believe this is a rayon/cotton blend, a "fancier" fabric than plain's has good structure and took to a soaking in my witch's brew just fine

•Lined: no

•Closures: front metal zipper

•Designer/Labels: no labels...I believe it was privately sewn with care some time in the late 1940s to early 1950s by someone who used an even older zipper

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


Fits about a modern S; please allow room for fit/ease!

Bust (underarm area measured flat, then doubled) to about 36" (hard to measure exactly due to the cut)

Waist 26"/27" pulled taut

Hips full

Shoulder to waist about 15"

Shoulder to hem about 45" 

Sleeves about 8" long


Good -- full of immediate charisma despite some cosmetic blemishes. Cleaned. 70+ years old.

Came with some scattered splash marks in the print that faded in the soak but were not fully lifted. See the myriad of provided photos to get an idea.

Many of the sequins on the skirt have shed. I couldn't bring myself to remove the remaining ones. You can secure the sequins, remove them by snipping from the flip side of the fabric (super easy), or even add more!

There's a 1" mend on rear skirt by the side seam.

Lastly, a sachet or cedar chest scent faintly remains after cleaning. Not unpleasant, but mentioned in case you are sensitive.

Priced with condition and rarity in mind, ideal for someone who wants fabulous and doesn't need "perfect." I'm certain you won't ever see another like her!


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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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