- Circa 1940s / early 1950s
- Extremely rare Kiviette label, these dresses are museum-worthy! (read more history on this designer below measurements section)
- Cream color
- Off-the-shoulder neckline
- Scalloped floral lace across the neckline with sequined embellishments
- Tailored bodice with 4 panel boning (three wires down the front of bodice and one wire on each side of bodice)
- Nipped waistline
- Sequined trim around the waist
- Flowing tea length nylon chiffon skirt
- Skirt is cut on the bodice for added flare
- Acetate lining
- Metal “Talon” zipper up the left side of the waist
**Note on fit: our model is a modern US dress size 2-4, 5’10 33-25-35 with a longer torso. She found this dress to be a little broad in the shoulders and extra snug in the waist. See detailed measurements below.
***Note: this dress was pictured with a petticoat, petticoat not included.
Great vintage condition: elastic on the shoulder straps is stretched out, but the dress is still very wearable as pictured; tiny area of 4 pinprick holes and 1 tic-tac size tear on the right side of the skirt (they get lost in the folds of the chiffon); a few pea size marks near the bottom hem of skirt; subtle discoloration at underarms; acetate lining has some rust like markings on the front of the skirt (area of pinhead speckles just below the waistline, larger area at the bottom hem) stains are only visible under close inspection. See photos.
suggested letter size: XS/S
waist: 25”-26“ max
length: about 50“
shoulder to waist: about 16.5“
material: nylon chiffon / acetate lining / lace / sequins
label: Kiviette, Bullock’s Wilshire
pinned on model? no
***All items are measured while the garment is laying flat. The bust, waist & hip measurements have already been doubled for your convenience.***
(Below excerpt taken from The Vintage Fashion Guild)
Kiviette (given name Yetta Schminsky) was a leading Broadway costume designer from the late teens until the late 40s who created the costumes for at least 45 productions (including more than one featuring Fred and Adele Astaire). She would design hats and shoes as well as the costumes they accompanied, sketching and watercoloring the designs for her studio to produce, and supervise the purchase of (readymade) lingerie and stockings.
Stylish New York City women had their dressmakers copy Kiviette’s stage designs (apparently this was the chief reason many of them attended Broadway shows!), and Kiviette created exclusive one off designs for high society women as well. In the 1930s she opened a ready-to-wear business that focused on evening gowns and sportswear, and participated through the 1940s in major NY-based fashion events like “Fashions of the Times” along with designers like Bonnie Cashin, Claire McCardell and Norman Norell.
In 1948, in an early example of a commercial “tie in”, a costume she created for her final Broadway production, “Light up the Sky”, was produced for sale at Bergdorf Goodman, and in 1956—at the very end of her career—she designed the gown for Miss America.
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