ARCHIVE: 1950s Jean Desses Blue and Gold Brocade Dress Suit

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1950s demi-couture Jean Dessès gold and blue brocade dress suit. A fabulous ensemble by renowned Parisian couturier and labelled Jean Dessès, Model Boutique Paris. We've not come across this ready-to-wear label before but we strongly suspect this was made-to-order due to the high level of hand finishing and quality of the fabrics.

Absolutely exceptional in every way and fashioned from best quality silk brocade; this raised design is in a floral pattern in a pale cornflower blue and gold combination. The dress is beautifully shaped around the waist and features a waistband shaping detail at the sides. The dress fastens to the rear with the original metal zip and has a classic pencil shaped skirt. The coat is a voluminous duster with elbow length sleeves, side seam pockets and features a wide open collar. You can just see the top of the dress when the ensemble is worn together. The dress is lined in acetate while the coat is lined in a silver satin.
In exceptional vintage condition, no issues of any note and would make a fantastic wedding ensemble. Our model is a UK 6-8 or US 2-4 and this fits her well.

Bust - 46 in. (116.8 cm)
Waist - 51 in. (129.5 cm)
Hip - 46 in. (116.8 cm)
Length - 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Shoulders - 19 in. (48.3 cm)

Bust - 34 in. (86.4 cm)
Waist - 26 in. (66 cm)
Hip - 35 in. (88.9 cm)
Length - 43.7 in. (111 cm)
Shoulders - 17 in. (43.2 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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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