This dress bears no makers tags or labels, but is clearly professionally made. The fully lined dress is in a pink brocade which has been effectively used on both sides to give a contrast between a dark and light pink. The brocade has a small floral pattern.
Bust = 32"
Waist cinch = 24"
Skirt length = front 34" / back 50"
The strapless bodice has 6 pieces of boning for shape and form, and fastens at centre back with a 17" metal zipper.
The bodice has a cross-over effect in the contrasting colour-ways, and is pleated to the centre back opening. The neck edge has a frill which is wider at centre front.
The waist seam is piped. The full skirt is formed by a front cross over of the two colour-ways, so that each side is in the contrasting colour. The skirt is short at the front and longer at the back.
The left hip has a wired pannier under the skirt layer. At the centre back waist there are two contrasting flaps which give the appearance of a bow.
The hem of the dress has two layers of pink netting.
This is a most unusual dress with quite a modern "feel" to it, although the construction is more typically 1940s/1950s. The asymmetric hemline, combined with the open cross over effect at the skirt front is enhanced throughout with the effective use of the contrasting colour-ways in the fabric.