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Bias-cut nightgown - 30's or 40's?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by bigchief, May 31, 2004.

  1. bigchief

    bigchief Alumni

    Bias-cut nightgown - 30\'s or 40\'s?

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bigchief/30SPK1.jpg" width=263 height=601>

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bigchief/30spkbod.jpg" width=455 height=593>

    Tagged 'Acetate & Rayon' - no label.

    Thanks for your help :)

  2. alonesolo

    alonesolo Guest

    I have absolutely no idea but that is gorgeous. I had to look up when acetate was first made and that didn't help me find a date to start.

    Gorgeous ruching detail!

    I am going to go with 30's ( late ) but I have a feeling someone else will come along with a more accurate date.
  3. NovaFashions

    NovaFashions VFG Member

    I'm really weak with Lingerie Carolyn.
    I'll go with late 30's too, only because I thought a lot of the 40's stuff is more bombshell sexy (deeper clevage, etc)?
    In any case, it's a beauty!
  4. bigchief

    bigchief Alumni

    Thanks guys!


  5. b*a*vintagequeen

    b*a*vintagequeen Registered Guest

    Acetate in the 30's or 40's...I am not quite sure about that!

    I thought acetate/rayon blends came later...like the 50's or early 60's...but I am probably wrong..
  6. dancingdresses

    dancingdresses Registered Guest

    Carolyne -

    I'd go late 30's - specifically because of the detailing, higher waist, little gathered sleeves. Those all look like late 30's touches to me.

    Funny thing about gowns, though . . . styles don't change as often or as suddenly as dress styles do. This could have gone into the 40's but the mentioned styling seems more reminiscent of late 30's dresses/gowns to me.

    (Is this where J walks in, says "1943 . . . March 12th, to be exact - at 2:43 PM. It was a Tuesday." :D )
  7. bigchief

    bigchief Alumni

    C - thanks for the '30's vote - Queenie's question about when acetate came in to common use had me worried as this gown was poised to launch - as 30's :)

    Couldn't find a lick of info on the web or in my books as to dating this via the fabric content, so I'm glad to have the design details you mentioned to back me up (as it were) ~

    Thanks both of you :)

  8. Ooo, one of the coolest-feeling, slinkiest, vintage gowns I've had was labeled "acetate and rayon..."

    <img src="http://www.otherworldlystuff.com/pinkpe3.jpg"><br><br><img src="http://www.otherworldlystuff.com/pinkpe4.jpg"><br><br>

  9. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

    According to celaneseacetate.com, acetate was first known and trademarked as 'Celanese' and called Artificial Silk and first commercially milled in the 1926, with clothing linings of celanese appearing in the later 1930s.

    Having said that, and knowing I may be way too late to chime in on this, I would date this 1940s or even early 50s. The bodice treatment with all the trim and shirring and the word Acetate rather than Celanese or Artificial Silk lead me there. And the bias cut hung around for years in lingerie and nightwear, well into the 50s.


  10. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Alumni

    I think it's 40s too. I just think it looks too feminine for the 30s.
    Here is a very similar style in the Spring-Summer 1941 Montgomery Wards catalogue:

    <img src=http://members.sparedollar.com/fuzzylizzie/zgown.jpg>


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