Vintage 1950s Gloria Swanson Lilac Lace Midi Dress - Large

$125.00

Vintage 50s lilac purple lace midi dress with a faded lining by Gloria Swanson. There is a side zipper closure and small shoulder pads that could be removed with a seam ripper if desired. There are also small belt loops, but the belt is missing. Shown clipped on the model until the final photo. A few condition notes, see details below

Measurements and Condition:

Fits like: Labeled vintage size 20, fits modern large (see measurements below to ensure fit)
Fabric: Feels like acetate lace with acetate lining
Brand: Gloria Swanson by Forever Young
Condition: Good, with some seam gaps in the lace running down the middle front of the skirt (all repairable, between 1"-3"), a 1" seam gap in the right underarm, and some fading of the lace and lining to a pinkish color at the bottom of the skirt and on the shoulders (not too noticeable). The lace hem is unfinished but still secure, and there is some light wear to the lace along the edges of it.

Length: 46"
Chest: 44"
Waist: 31.5"
Hips: Free

Shown on a 5’8” model with measurements of 34”-26”-36”, usually wears a size small to medium. See our FAQ section for more information on sizing and condition ratings.

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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.

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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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