1940s Novelty Rose Print Silk Peplum Maxi Dress

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This superb and original 1940s silk peplum floor length dress is crafted from an exceptionally high-quality silk fabric with crepe accents. It has capped sleeves and a square neckline, with a 3D bow detail to the left side of the chest. This bow is lined in a cerise pink silk, which matches the colour of the flowers printed on the main fabric. Slim through the bodice to the waist, the dress has a peplum detail to the left and right hip, pleated in an inverted diagonal and flowing to around mid-thigh length. Although the dress is unlined, the dark nature of the black and white background ensures that is fully opaque. The fabric has a print of pale pink, light grey and cerise roses, which adds a delicate, feminine touch.

Dating to around 1943-1944, this dress is one of the finest in our collection and increasingly rare to find in this size. In superb vintage condition for its age, with no stains or faults to note; we have replaced the zip with a modern equivalent. Unlabelled but of couture quality and looks entirely handstitched. It would best suit up to sizes UK12-14 or US 8-10.

Bust - 42 in. (106.7 cm)
Waist - 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Hip - 48 in. (121.9 cm)
Length - 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Shoulders - 21 in. (53.3 cm)