• Ultimate vintage 1940's full length gown for all the garden parties. This beautiful rouched body with gorgeous floral flowy skirt that is perfect for swishing around in. The dress has a metal side zip opening as it's opening and closing.
  • Wonderful vintage 1950's polished cotton Hawaiian wiggle dress with the most beautiful waist belt detail with sash style detail off the west. The print of this dress is simply wonderful also and really mixes Asian symbolism with beautiful Hawaiian styling. The dress has as a metal back zip as it's opening and closing.
  • Malihini is a Hawaiian family owned business that started in 1948 and still is running today. This incredible vintage 1950's Hawaiian print fitted muu muu style dress with gorgeous ruffle detailing on the sleeves and hem. The dress is a metal zip down the back of the dress as an opening and closing.
  • 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 In 1913, when the troops were withdrawn from the Philippines and moved to Hawai‘i, the two partners decided to follow them and explore business opportunities.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.  
  • A bombshell of a 1930's evening gown. This inky navy sequined grecian style gown really gives you cast of Hercule Poirot vibes! From the beauiful sash style detail to the gorgeous sequins it really is a head turner of a piece thats bound to get you compliments wherever you may go. Dress has a metal side zip as it's opening and closing. Please note gloves do not come with it.
  • A stunning waterfall draped sash fronted vintage 1940's day dress. This wonderful piece is wonderful and perfect if you want to turn some heads. The print is almost calligraphy'esk with wonderful pinks and yellows painted behind. The dress has three button openings on the back of the neck and 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.

  • Bargain vintage 1920's black sheer dress. This dress has wonderful soutache detailing on this dress also which really adds something special to this piece. The dress underslip does not come with dress. The dress has press stud openings on the shoulder as it's opening and closing.
  • Absolutely jaw dropping vintage 1940's jet black and brass coloured triangle stud detailing evening dress. This evening gown has wonderful boarder style studded detailing that only has triangles but also very small ball style studs. It really frames the bust and the body of the wearer. The dress has a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.
  • Absolutely superb and unusual vintage 1920's tunic style beaded dress. This incredible scarlet glass beaded dress really makes it a bit of a show stopper. The dress has an under style dress that attaches to the tunic. Which makes it really unsual piece of vintage or dare I say it antique fashion. The dress openings are numbers hook and eyes and press studs from the shoulder to the side of the garment.
  • Ever want to have your own version of the famous Marilyn Monroe dress but in black? Well this custom made 1950's gown was made for either Edith or Elena Del Rubio as E initial is sewn into the label. This incredible show girls dress has the most beautiful details and bow on the back that has pink inside lining which you get a glimpse of. It's truly a show stopping gown and will make everyon in the room green with envy. The dress has a built in corset and then a metal back zip as it's opening and closing.
  • Absolutely gorgeous vintage 1950's gold sequin show girls gown. Obviously owned by the glamour girls themselves The Del Rubio Triplets as was purchased from there estate. This gown is covered in jaw dropping gold sequins and has the most beautiful detailing off the hip to give a scandelous slit. Dress is not lined on the inside has a metal side zip and hook and eye as it's opening and closings.
  • Out of this world gorgeous illusion starburst late 1940's / 1950's dress and jacket set. This set has the most beautiful bead work detail on the jacket and the skirt and the jacket has the most beautiful cinched in waist outline also. This dress has a metal side zip opening and the jacket has button down opening and closing.
  • The ultimate vintage gown for all the glitzy occassions you have coming up. This glorious vintage 1940's evening gown with a faux coral style sash style detail with a fringe detailing that comes off the waist. On the coral section there is gorgeous soutache and sequin detailing. This truly is the most amazinge gown. The gown has a metal side zip as it's opening and press studs on the cuffs as it's opening and closing.
  • Release your inner seductress with this incredible vintage figure hugging 1950's illusion style wiggle / mermaid gown. This gown not only gives views the illusion it's see through (with keeping your modesty) but has sequins and bead work generously smatterd all over this beauty. The skirt also has the wonderful mermaid style detailing. Dress has a metal zip down the back as it's opening and closing.


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