1940s Vintage Lilac Cocktail Dress with Black Bead Decorations
This is a very chic original lilac crepe cocktail dress from the 1940s with short sleeves, a sweetheart neckline that is framed beautifully with embellished black beading forming dramatic floral and leaf pattern, with swag pleated features to the skirt.
This has been beautifully constructed with a back metal zipper, and has shoulder pads with the label Kinesco Model.
- 28" waist.
- 36" bust. (the mannequin is 36”)
- 16" shoulder.
- 15" nape to waist.
- 33" waist to hem.
All items will be sold 'As Is'. Most items are either; dry cleaned,steam cleaned, hand washed or put through the washer unless they arrive in good order or are too old and fragile or otherwise noted.
If they're likely to have attracted a moth then they go straight in the freezer for a few days to kill eggs, this is especially so with fur.
We describe these items to the best of our ability. We check each item carefully and will try to list any notable flaws. These are vintage items and wear consistent with age is normal and should be expected.
Items may be larger or smaller than my mannequin or model and may be clipped or pinned to show fit.
1. PRISTINE :
In our opinion vintage garment possibly in original packaging, never used. – mint condition as new and may have original labels or in original packaging These items will not be unpacked or washed as it would compromise their originality, therefore they may have fading, staining or other issues from years of storage.
The item has been worn but is in a perfect or near perfect vintage condition.
3. VERY GOOD :
Worn, with some general, but minimal signs of wear.
4. GOOD :
Will show signs of wear possibly needing a small repair or missing a button.
5. WORN :
Well worn with signs of wear such as a tear, several missing buttons or areas of staining.
6. POOR :
Not fit for wear, but a useful item for research or display.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
SHIPPING / DELIVERY INFORMATION
We ship via Royal Mail. Cost is based on package weight. Large shipments may need to be shipped in more than one box. We will ship to the address provided by the payment gateway registered address, no exceptions.
Shipping will be combined on more than one item, cost is based on total weight.
COVID SHIPPING - Most orders are processed within 3-7 days excluding holidays and weekends unless otherwise noted or you clearly state if you need it earlier.
Top Notch Vintage maintain the right to add signature confirmation or insurance to any purchase.
Items must be shipped to the same address as the payment card registered. We cannot alter a shipping address after a purchase has been made.
Any packages returned due to wrong or incorrect addresses will be reshipped at the cost of purchaser.
Do you need insurance, signature confirmation, or express shipping? Please, contact us prior to purchase! We are happy to work with your needs, but we are unable to alter shipping options after a purchase has been made.
As with all vintage the number one rule is take care!
The garments will likely be over 20 years old or even 120 years old so please bear that in mind when dressing and handling. The older/antique items do require very careful handling as natural products used in the cottons and fabrics are more susceptible to natural wear and becoming fragile.
Hand-wash when you can, gently will cool water and special detergent designed for vintage clothing. Leave to soak overnight, do not wring or spin. Use a towel to wrap and soak up most of the water.
Be mindful that most of the older fabrics will not react well to washing machines or dry cleaning, unless they are a specialist cleaner.
With suits and outerwear, dry brush and lightly steam.
Steaming is good for most vintage, the steam kills bacteria and smells, then you can give it a brush afterwards.
To deodorise - we use a special mix of alcohol and anti bacterial essences, our own brand. Message if you want to buy a bottle. It also doubles as a hand sanitiser.
Watch youtube videos on how to clean vintage.
We have done our best to describe and illustrate the colours and shades of the fabric, clothes and products listed here, but because the colour of the light changes with the weather and seasons, and monitors vary in the display of colour differently, some descriptive terms used for shades of colour can be perceived and interpreted differently, depending on the viewer, we cannot be held responsible if you receive something and the colour doesn't look how you envisioned it would.
Online shopping does create challenges in this respect, so if you have your heart set on a very specific type of colour or shade, in order to avoid disappointment, please contact us first so we can try and provide more information regarding the item you're interested in. We do not offer refunds for differing colour perceptions.
Vintage sizing is very different to modern day sizes, they usually are often smaller depending on the era of manufacture.
So to ensure a good fit please go by the measurments provided. I measure the garment laid flat edge to absolute edge then double, which give the maximum, you will need to measure your own clothes to compare sizing.
You will also need to give yourself room to move, i.e. a size to fit 40" chest jacket for example will most likely measure 42" or more. Or if you are ladies 38" bust then the garment will most likely measure 39" or more depending on the cut and style.
Please bear that in mind if it is meant to be worn loose or hang straight you will need to factor that in.
If you have any questions please ask as all sales are final.