ARCHIVE: 1940s Bonwit Teller Blush Pink Silk and Lace Slip Dress

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An original 1940s blush pink silk and lace slip with a fantastic retail label from upmarket department store Bonwit Teller of 5th Ave, New York. This is as good as it gets and this particular dress is in pristine vintage condition.

It has a fabulous bralette element with sweetheart neckline and wide banding that would sit across the rib cage with an inverted V-shape waistline. The dress is beautifully shaped for the female form and has lace inserts across the bust and the skirt hem. The lace is tulle that has been over-embroidered with machined lace. The slip has very fine adjustable shoulder straps with dainty metal adjusters and a small elastic section, close to wear the straps meet the back of the slip, for dynamic adjustment. The bralette section of the slip is double lined and has been form-shaped. The slip has a very early zip made by Talon which was one of the best makers of zips from that era. It features a wonderful grosgrain trim on the inside to prevent the side metal zip from rubbing against skin.

In absolutely extraordinary condition. This is one of the finest slips we've encountered from this era. A small size and a best fit for around a UK 4-6, US size 0. These measurements are taken flat with a small amount of give in the bias cut design.

We have a very large slip collection and these are just some of our highlights. Do arrange an appointment to come and view our extensive archive.

Bust - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Waist - 24 in. (61 cm)
Hip - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Length - 43 in. (109.2 cm)
Shoulders - FREE

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

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer, contactless, Paypal