- 3 years ago
Around a year ago, I was searching for prom dresses from the 1950s; I have a small collection of New Look era dresses, and I wanted to find some bargains. So, I expanded my search to all dresses from the 1950s, and I found this wedding dress for $75 shipped.
Originally, the gown came in a preservation chest. The eBay seller said they found the intricate dress at a thrift store, after it was donated by a wealthy family. Otherwise, the seller didn’t have much to say, since dresses weren’t his specialty. He estimated that the dress was made in the 1940s or 1950s, and that it was a medium size. Since I had the money, I figured “Why not bid?”, and I won the gown.
This is what the bodice looks like. Due to the ornate beading, I’d say it’s most likely from the 1950s.
Below the waist, the beading becomes more dispersed. Since I took all of these pictures when I was still learning how to successfully take a picture with my laptop, I didn’t get any nice pictures of the dress to show off its form.
Here, you can get a good idea of the beadwork on the sleeves.
I love the detailing on the train! It actually won me over into appreciating them.
The maker’s tag reads: “Gigi’s Closette”. After a quick Google search, I learned that it is a family-owned bridal store in the Chicago area. They are actually still in business, and their official website says they have been selling gowns for “more than 40 years”.
The tags also have the gown’s name and size. Although the seller estimated that the wedding dress was a medium, it’s actually a vintage size 18 1/2; I’m pretty sure the 1/2 indicates that it was a plus size at the time.
Even today, it’s a bit on the larger side. I’m a rather busty modern size 12, and I could zip it up most of the way. Several months ago, I could get it on, albeit with an awkward fit in the bust.
Hopefully, all of you bees enjoyed this rather thorough post. Any other vintage dress lovers lurking around here? 😀