1940s Black Rayon Crepe Dress, As Is - Small


Incredibly unique redone vintage 1940s black rayon crepe dress with an asymmetric square neck, a metal talon side zipper, and draped skirt that wraps in the back and closes with snaps. It has weights attached to sections to aid in the draped look. Definitely one of a kind! It was originally made by the Chas. A. Stevens department store in Chicago, and was redone to be made smaller so it's a bit looser at the top/shoulders. It's being sold as is, but it's still very cool/structurally sound/wearable! Please see condition notes below to ensure a proper fit.

Measurements and Condition:

Fits like: Small
Fabric: Feels like rayon crepe, slightly semi-sheer
Brand: Designer Shop, Chas. A. Stevens & Co. Chicago
Condition: Costume grade, with a 1" and 2" seam gap at the back of left armhole, a few other small seam gaps throughout, a few home-done repairs with exposed stitching, a 1/2" tear through one layer at the side of waist at the top of the wrap layer, a 1/4" hole on the middle front of skirt, a few pinpoint holes throughout, some faint fading on the upper back and on sleeves where the fabric appears a brownish color, some faint light discoloration at the neckline, a couple 1" light scuffs on the middle front of right sleeve, and a tiny light spot on the back left of skirt that is hidden by the wrap.

Length: 47" at the longest point
Chest: 31" to 35"
Waist: 25" to 27"
Hips: 32" to 36" - taken at the bottom of zipper
Shoulders (seam to seam): 16"
Sleeve: 15.5"

Shown on a 5’8” model with measurements of 34”-26”-37”, usually wears a size small to medium. See our FAQ section for more information on sizing and condition ratings.

Frequently asked questions

Everything we sell is authentic vintage and has been worn before, so minor signs of age and wear are to be expected. Items are rated with the following condition grades: mint, excellent, very good, good, fair, distressed, costume grade, and as is. Any significant flaws besides general wear will be noted.

We ship domestic via USPS, and worldwide via Asendia. Shipping prices are based on weight, and will be automatically discounted for orders with multiple items.

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We give an estimate for every item we list, but please double check the measurements to ensure it will fit you. The best way to tell if an item will fit properly is to compare the given measurements to a garment you already own. Vintage sizing varies from modern, so often the size on the tag is not accurate for today. Please feel free to email us at shop@flyingapplevintage.com if you have sizing questions!

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Women’s sizing

Our women’s US size estimates are based off the following average body measurements:

Extra small: 32-24-34

Small: 34-26-36

Medium: 36-28-38

Large: 38-31-41

Extra large: 41-35-45

2XL: 45-37-48

3XL: 50-40-54

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Though we use female models, a lot of our clothing is unisex. You can search "men" or go to the Unisex/Men’s section in the drop down shop menu. We will specify if our size estimate is for men instead of women. 

To best ensure that you are happy with your item, we ask that you read through the measurements and condition notes before making your purchase. However, if your purchase doesn't work out, we do accept items returned in their original condition for store credit minus a $5 restocking fee. To initiate a return, please message us within 3 days of receiving your order, and ship your return within 7 days. The buyer is responsible for shipping costs, and the store credit amount issued is for the item price only. If the item is not returned in its original condition, buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

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