60s Evening Gown Vintage Dress Mad Men Column Silver Jewelled Trim S
This elegant 1960s vintage evening dress has such wonderful design details - it would look smashing for an icy blonde along the lines of Grace Kelly or Betty Draper! The silhouette is a long lean column, with princess seaming and additional darting for the bust. The standup collar is quite modest in front - in back it turns into a deep squared-off "window". At the base of the opening, a flat bow accenting a watteau panel train that cascades to the floor. The collar and armholes are accented with silver trim with rhinestones and dangling crystals - the squared off armhole trim gives a nod to the shape of the back keyhole. The lower dress has a slit in the left front seam for ease in walking and dancing.
There's a tiny pasteboard tag with numbers - the size might read as vintage 8. But as usual with vintage, please consider the measurements.
|Length from shoulder seam||51.5"||131|
The fabric is white crepe, probably rayon. The braid trim is synthetic tinsel-type fibers with a crochet look. There are large prongset rhinestones set into the braid at intervals - they have an aurora borealis sparkle to them. The braid used for the neck is slightly wider and has a scalloped lower edge in front - the braid has two alternating tiers of smaller collar-set rhinestones with faceted crystal teardrops dangling from each one.
No maker's tag
The dress closes with a metal zipper down the back - it is hidden bythe train, which is stitched down on the left side and fastens with two pairs of snaps and two hooks & eyes on the right at the top.
On the very front of the silver & dangle trimmed neckline, there are two alternating rows of dangling pendants - on the sides, some of the upper row are missing. I count 11 dangles on the lower row and 6 on the upper - you may want to rearrange one or two for symmetry, but it's not particularly obvious as-is. When I inspect the skirt under good levels of daylight, there are some areas of discoloration on the lower skirt - see closeup of right front near the hem - the most obvious is near my farthest left finger, while above my rightmost finger is a larger area that is very subtle. You will want to have the dress dry cleaned and steamed or pressed before wear - it is likely that will resolve or improve these areas, but it is certainly wearable as-is. The top hook & eye at the back of the neck is showing faint signs of rust - this will not be seen when worn. No other issues noted.