ARCHIVE - 1940s Black Crepe Comet Design Beaded Dress

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This desirable 1930s/late1940s black wool crepe dress is beautifully made and in exceptional vintage condition with no issues of any note. The dress is a simple shift cut with wide, elbow length sleeves, V-neckline and beaded cross over bodice. The fabric is neatly gathered below the yolk below each shoulder at the front of the dress, and below the seam of the yolk across the shoulder blades on the reverse. The front of the bodice is skilfully beaded with a mixture of gold and blue topaz-coloured bugle and rocaille beads in a design which resembles comets in space. There is a large beaded button feature to secure the fabric at the centre front of the bodice. The long skirt is fitted over the hip and falls in soft folds to mid-calf length with a single seam at the centre reverse. There is a concealed zip fastening at the side and it is unlabelled although manufactured rather than homemade. We estimate the best fit to be a modern size UK 12 or US 8. The photos look a bit washed out in the full length shots so please refer to the close ups to get an idea of how fresh this looks in real life.

Length: 49.2 in. (124.97 cm)
Bust: 44 in. (111.76 cm)
Waist: 32 in. (81.28 cm)
Hip: 41 in. (104.14 cm)

Pickup currently unavailable at CIRCA VINTAGE


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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