• Iconic and uber glamours vintage 1940's floral evening gown. This superb black background with white and grey with dashes of red floral print. This print is truly a statement. The dress has a metal side zip as it's opening.
  • Absolutely splendid vintage 1940's painterly floral print day dress. This dres has wonderful background colour is a wonderful navy colour with wonderful magenta and pink flowers with wonderful faux sarong style detailing with a gathered detailing off the waist. The dress has also an illusion detailing on the neckline that is the perfect added touch too this dress. Dress has a metal side zip on the side of the dress and a metal side zip on the neck.
  • Absolutely faboulous vintage 1940's CC41 labelled tie waisted day dress. This wonderful piece of history has a gorgeous art deco / 1930's style print in a wonderful milk chocolate and rusty hues. The CC41 Utility logo was a British Board of Trade requirement that appeared on footwear, utility furniture, textiles, and utility clothing for just over ten years from 1941. CC41 designated that the item met the government's austerity regulations. The CC41 logo was designed by Reginald Shipp. The dress has no opening fastenings so this is an over the head piece. Please note none of the accessores come with the dress.
  • Circus poodles is what everyone needs as a novelty print within there wardrobe right!! Well never fear this incredible inky background 1940's circus poodle print day dress is just what you've been looking for. This dress has wonderful drapey detailing within it's shape also. Dress has a metal short zip on the back of the neck and a metal side zip on the side of the dress as it's opening and closings.
  • If you are looking for a piece with such a rich and vibrant history. This amazing 1950's Watumull's cheongsam is the piece for your wardrobe. The piece is made of silk and has depections of a fire bird with what looks like love heards in it's tail feathers. The brand Watmull's was started by Jhamandas Watumull, originally from Hyderabad, Sindh (in what became Pakistan), the son of a brick contractor, was one of the first people of Indian descent to come to Hawai‘i. Jhamandas left his home as a young boy of 14 to earn a living and help his disabled father. His mother sold her jewelry to buy his passage to the Philippines. Jhamandas stayed with an older brother and worked in Manila’s textile mills. He opened a small import shop in Manila that specialized in imports from the Orient with his partner Rochiram Dharamdas. The shop attracted American troops stationed in the Philippines and business was good. In 1913, when the troops were withdrawn from the Philippines and moved to Hawai‘i, the two partners decided to follow them and explore business opportunities. A year later, Dharamdas opened a branch of ‘Dharamdas and Watumulls’ on Hotel Street in Honolulu. Unfortunately, two years later, Dharamdas died of cholera and the store became Jhamandas’ responsibility. Unable to leave the Manila business for long, he decided to send his younger brother, Gobindram (GJ), to take care of the Honolulu store, which was renamed ‘East India Store’. GJ settled in Hawaii and, in 1922, married Ellen Jensen, an American music teacher. Ellen’s sister, Elsie Jensen, traveled to Hawaii in 1928 to visit her. Elsie then started working at Watumull’s East India Store as a window display designer. Watumull’s later commissioned Elsie to create hand-painted floral designs on silk for interior decoration. Her clothing designs would come later. (Honolulu). The initial years in Hawaii were difficult and trying. As the first Indian businessmen in Hawaii, they faced many setbacks, discrimination and daunting immigration laws, including denial of citizenship to GJ although he was married to an American. His wife, Ellen, lost her American citizenship because she had married a British East Indian subject. As time passed, the East India Store flourished, selling raw silk goods and ‘aloha shirts’ on the island, turning into a major department store, before eventually opening additional branch stores in Waikiki and the downtown Honolulu area. In 1954, there were a total of eight Watumull stores. Rejecting a consultant’s advice to change the “tourist-oriented” names of his stores like Leilani Gift Shop and focus on mainland-type goods, they opened more “tourist-oriented’ stores. During the next 20 years, the number of stores increased to 29 and included East India Stores, Aloha Fashions, Malihini Gifts and Leilani Gift Shops. The business became among the top 250 businesses of Hawai‘i. Over time, the Watumull stores have all closed down; one remains at the Ala Moana Center. The Watumull family also set up several local philanthropic and educational institutions, including the Rama Watumull Fund, the J. Watumull Estate, and the Watumull Foundation. Information found from the this wonderful blog The dress opens with a metal talon side zip - which indicates the piece is true to the 1950's please see this link for more information and has frog closures on the neckline. Re the dry cleaners labels, dry cleaners actually became popular in the 1950's so hence maybe the tag.  
  • The most beautiful liquid gold Gene Shelley cocktail dress. This vintage 1950's / 1960's beauty is truly a jaw dropper as the sequins reflect all the light like a mirrorball. This cocktail number has ball detailing on the neckline and sleeves.

    Dress has a metal back zip as it's opening. Dress is not lined but still super comfy.

  • Beautiful light chartruese vintage 1940's day dress. This day dress has some fab detailing and is truly a dress for any vintage loving person's wardrobe. This dress also benefits from wonderful built in shoulder pads. The dress has a button down front as it's opening and closing.
  • The ultimage cottage core piece for your vintage loving wardrobe. Will be this exquiste vintage 1920's / 1930's dress. From the split puff sleeve do the adorable ditsy floral print, to even the button detailing. This dress truly has so many beautiful design details. The waist has a tie waist detail belt and the dress has a built in corset that is with hook and eyes and the closers are press studs.
  • Sumptious vintage 1930's floral drop waisted day dress. This incredible rose print which is beautifully placed on the shoulders and panels of the piece. This dress has the most beautiful puff style sleeves. The dress has a metal back zip as the opening and the closing.
  • Wonderful vintage late 1930's Hawaiian sportswear dress. This gorgeous and rare beauty stenciled painted hibiscus flower print beautifuly placed on this tie waisted dress. This dress has button down front and a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.
  • Absolutely gorgeous vintage 1940's deep olive colour leaf print day dress. This gorgeous piece has wonderful gold button down front, which really make a statement on the dress. The dress has button down front and a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.
  • Absolutely beautiful vintage 1940's chocolate and turquoise floral print dress. This dress has also the most beautiful tie style details off the neckline and a bow style detail of the hip with a dropped peplum style detail. It really is such an outstanding piece for anyones vintage wardrobe. The dress has a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.
  • Ready for some glitz and glam in your life? Do not worry, this rather magical vintage 1940's sequin and pink cumberband esk evening gown is for sure going to get you noticed for all the right reasons.

    Dress has a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.

  • Absolutly iconic pure Hollywood glamour house dress. You could see the likes of Mae West parading around in something like this. This early 1940's peachy coloured zip fronted piece has the most beautiful rouched sleeve detailing that just really make it pop. Dress has a zip down front and a tie waist as it's opening and closing.
  • Absolutely breat taking vintage 1940's palm spray / illusion print day dress. This dress is just outstanding from the nude colour pallet with the black detailing work really making this piece pop. To the incredible latice style work on the neckline that adds that piece of wonder to an already incredible piece. Dress has a matching belt and a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.

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