Vintage 1940s Black Kay Collier Crepe Dress With Big Bow, Polonaise Peplum

Beautiful classic vintage black crepe dress from the early 1940s. Simple and elegant style with that classic 1940s shape. So the wonderful design element here is that enormous bow at the hip, finishing off the band around the hips of faille. Its not really either a peplum or polonaise as its part of the actual main body of the dress instead of draping over it, but with that additional little row of loped fringe, it sort of looks like it. I adore the itty bitty little pointed collar, the fantastic looped fringe trim at the sleeve ends and again along the edge of the faille hip panel, and the two tiny pleats, well more like darts, at the center front and back of the skirt. Has a side metal zipper. Label reads: Kay Collier, Designs For Youth Medium to large size, I'd say.

Great vintage condition. There are about a few small holes, pea sized or smaller, mostly in the back, the worst is a tad bigger and along the edge of the bottom hem, so if you hemmed it a bit it would disappear entirely. That one and one other has what looks like some fusing web on them to stabilize them. There is the narrowest band of color fade right at the collar fold. That's about it. I've priced it based on these flaws, it would be quite a bit more without due to the designer.

Measurements when lying flat, Doubled at bust, waist, and hip
Armpit to armpit across bust: 42" this is a dolman sleeve so there is some play here
Waist: 30"
Hips: 40" right along the bottom of the looped fringe
Shoulder to waist: approx. 17.5" approx
Shoulder to bottom hem: 45"

Please note: These are vintage, preworn and/or preloved items. I do my utmost best to list any issues, but signs of wear should be expected, and there are occasionally small things I won't deem worthy of note. Please feel free to send me a missive with any questions. I'm truly happy to help in any way possible and I'm always up for a chat. Any accessories shown, including crinolines, are for display only, not included unless otherwise stated.


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