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ARCHIVE - 1950s Navy And White Polkadot Couture Dress With Structured Bodice

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This fantastic 1950s navy and white polka dot prom-style couture dress has magnificent construction and although it is unlabelled I can confirm that it is British made and of exceptional quality. The dress is comprised of thick silk/cotton blend fabric with wide set shoulder straps and a striking square neckline at both the front and reverse to reveal the upper back. The bodice is artfully constructed with boning in the interior and princess seams to tailor the waist, which tapers to a point over the navel. The fabric over the bust is gently ruched to create a dynamic interruption in the surface design and the bodice also features small sashes on either side of the waist that can be drawn around the back of the dress into a tie. The princess length skirt is gathered below the waistline and arranged into soft box pleats with 2 x stiff pleated linen petticoats to add volume. The bodice is lined in navy and there is a concealed zip fastening at the centre reverse. This gorgeous piece is in excellent vintage condition, looks unworn and should best suit a petite US size 00 - 0, UK size 2-4.

BUST - 28 in. (71.12 cm)
WAIST - 21 in. (53.34 cm)
HIP - 32 in. (81.28 cm)
LENGTH - 45 in. (114.3 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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