ARCHIVE - Alfred Shaheen 1950s Aquamarine Hawaiian Cotton Sundress With Novelty Fish Print

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This lovely 1950s Alfred Shaheen cotton sundress in aquamarine features some wonderful construction details and is an excellent example of this flamboyant fabric designer at his best. Renowned for his timeless halter neck sundresses made exclusively in Honolulu Hawaii, Shaheen sourced, designed and manufactured all of the unique textiles used in his garments. The evocative contrast of aquamarine, cobalt blue, navy and gold in this piece are beautifully combined in what is a truly exquisite print. Deceptively floral looking at a distance, the print is in fact oceanic and depicts angel fish swimming in clusters over a coral print background, capturing the spirit of the stunning natural beauty of the island as intended. The classic silhouette would well suit an hourglass figure. Shirring on the bodice ensures a comfortable fit and defined waistline showcasing the full circle mid calf length skirt. The skirt is gathered at the front on either side of the hip and the fabric is skillfully gathered in a fan shape over the bust, with additional petal shaped pieces stitched into the bodice on each breast. The gentle sweetheart neckline is complemented beautifully by the halter neck strap. There is a central zip fastening at the reverse. In very good vintage condition with bright intensity of colour there is a small area of fading surrounding a yellow mark to the side of the dress. It does get lost in the folds and in our opinion does not detract from the asthetic. Would best suit US size 2-4, UK size 6-8.

Length: 37 in. (93.98 cm)
Marked Size: 2-4 (US)
Bust: 34 in. (86.36 cm)
Waist: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
Hip: 36 in. (91.44 cm)


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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