ARCHIVE - 1940s Eggshell Blue Cotton Dress With Fan Design

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A 1940s novelty art deco print dress in pale blue, crimson and white. This is an unusual colour combination on a dress from this era and the print looks to us like it it was inspired by a type of shell. The dress has deceptive features and looks like a two piece with a straight cut shift dress overlaid with a same length jacket when in fact this is clever use of seaming to showcase design skill. The dress has princess seams at the back whilst at the front there is a sectioned waistband that has darting in an unusual array which compliments the design of the print. It has a square neckline with a half bow feature either side and a short tapered puff sleeve that also has an array of darting in the fabric. The dress falls below the knee and zips up to the side with the original metal zip. There are no labels present and it appears entirely made by hand by a skilled seamstress.

Condition wise this is in very good, clean condition with even wear to the fabric and no staining or holes. The princess seams are very slightly stressed to the rear near the waist but overall this presents very well and is a very wearable example of daywear from an increasingly hard to come by era. This dress will fit up to UK size 10 US 6.

Bust - 34 in (86.4 cm)
Waist - 30 in (76.2 cm)
Hip - 34 in (86.4 cm)
Length - 40.5 in (102.9 cm)
Shoulders - 15 in (38.1 cm)

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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. 

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