This pretty early 1960s or late 1950s white Chantilly style lace bridal gown has a fairytale charm. The man-made, Chantilly style lace overlay covers the dress in its entirety and features a delicate floral design. The lace on the skirt is interspersed with a tier of netting reminiscent of a gypsy folklore, adding playful movement to the fabric. The mid calf-length skirt has a soft layer of netting in addition to a sateen lining and is gathered at the waistline to create volume. The bodice nips in at the waist and the sateen underlay is cut into a sweetheart shape at the bust that is visible beneath the lace, which continues further up the chest in a gently sweeping round neckline. The sleeves remain sheer and taper to a point at the wrists with a concealed popper fastening on each cuff. A central zip fastening on the reverse runs to just below the waist.
In lovely vintage condition and very white and fresh looking with no makers label present. Whilst the top presentation layer is in excellent vintage condition, on very close inspection there are a couple of holes to the netting underlay and one to the sateen underlay - these are not at all visible when worn. A further net petticoat could be added underneath if greater fullness is desired. This piece is deceptively petite and would best suit US size 4 - 6, UK size 8 to small 10.
BUST - 33 in. (83.82 cm)
WAIST - 27 in. (68.58 cm)
HIP - 34 in. (86.36 cm)
LENGTH - 42 in. (106.68 cm)
SHOULDER TO HEM - 45 in. (114.3 cm)