• Beautiful vintage 1940's baby pink colour block cocktail dress with the most beautiful soutache detailing that looks liek a wonderful ornate necklace. This dress label is by Carole King which was established in 1937. Grace Dozier Durocher (who's husband was a very big baseball player) was the partner and designer of the company. This cocktail dress has the most beutiful peplum detailing with a bustle style back. The dress also has the most beautiful structured shoulder pads. Dressh as has a metal back zip as it's opening and closing.
  • 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.
  • 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 In 1913, when the troops were withdrawn from the Philippines and moved to Hawai‘i, the two partners decided to follow them and explore business opportunities.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.  
  • Wonderful vintage 1940's gold chevron evening gown with scarlet red skirt. This gown has a wonderful peplum detail on the waist which really gives that nipped in waist detailing. The dress has a metal side zip and a press stud as it's opening and closing.
  • Dreamy purple vintage 1950's Hawaiian floral sarong dress. This stunning piece is a Hawaiian dream with the vibrant colours and is key piece for any vintage lovers wardrobe. The dress is boned on the inside on the front to give that real structure and has the sarong that ties to the side of the dress. Dress has a metal side zip as it's opening and closing.
  • 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.

  • 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 beautiful vintage 1940's Hollywood worthy evening gown. This gown has a beautiful print of what looks like to me as leopard print in beautiful green and black hues. The bust has a wonderful Grecian style bust detailing and a wonderful flowy skirt. Dress has a half zip opening on the side of the gown with a press stud as it's opening and closing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Showstopping vintage 1950's / 1960's show girls sequin Qipao / Cheongsam. This incrdible half and half pink and white sequin detailing truly makes this piece pop. The dress is lined inside and has a zip down the back as it's opening and closing.


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