Impossibly elegant 1940s black silk velvet gown featuring flattering ruched details down the centerline of the bodice, short sleeves with puffed shoulders, pretty button details and a long, flowing skirt. Just gorgeous when paired with an Art Deco necklace for your next event! This gown has an interesting closure design that makes it potentially adjustable -- it may have been a maternity gown for a wealthy woman in its day. For this dress to be truly adjustable at the waist, it would need a waist sash to cover the exposed hooks & eyes when closed at a larger size. I think it's best worn with all hooks & eyes accounted for, but this is an option if you'd like! Unlined but opaque, waist tie + hook & eye closure.
CONDITION: Very good vintage condition with some light spots of crushing to the velvet and a few hand repairs at the seams -- not very noticeable when worn but under examination it's clear. Darned spot beneath waistline. Please keep in mind this is a vintage garment, which means minor signs of wear are to be expected. Any significant flaws are always noted in the description. All garments are mended, cleaned and ready to wear unless otherwise noted.
MORE INFORMATION: No maker or contents labels, but a label does read "Gwen Hebdon" and notes an address for the the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia, which has been an upscale hotel & homestay for many famous individuals since the late 20s, like Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. I think this is most likely a label from the original owner.
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