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Help Dating A Wedding Dress (+ is it worth getting restored?)

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Threadechoes, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. Threadechoes

    Threadechoes Registered Guest

    Can anyone help me figure out the era of this wedding dress? 1950s?

    It has no label, it's hand-sewn (with store-bought dress liners.) I think it's real satin. It has a very long train that I couldn't fully capture.

    I would like to sell it and put some funds towards my own wedding but it has stains, a small hole, and one of the buttons is broken. I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble and money to get it cleaned and repaired. I know you don't appraise, but I hope you can at least get put me on the road to figuring out what it is so I can figure out what it is (or isn't) worth.


    (Kitty is salivating..)
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    Hole is right on the chest, little smaller than 1/8". Boutonnière?
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  2. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Postwar rayon slipper satin wedding dress typical of baby boom generation parents, c. 1947 - 1951... They survive in the millions. We dont' accept them at the museum anymore unless they are AMAZING, worn by someone famous, or have a really interesting story attached, AND have photos of the original wearer etc. and even then we might not take it. I think we have 6 or 7... I would sell as is, for parts, if nothing else. Someone may want the fabric to reline a coat, or upcycle....
  3. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Sad, but yes, very true.
  4. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

    It' still a pretty dress. Sell it as it is, check Ebay sold items for an idea what this kind of dress may sell for.

    If I may give a hint... you write "real satin". Please note satin is a fabric type and has nothing to do with the material content. For example, satin can be made from silk, polyester - or rayon as Jonathan said, which all are different material types.
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  5. I have great difficulty selling vintage wedding gowns, unless they are very special. And the expense at getting them cleaned, is prohibitive.
  6. Threadechoes

    Threadechoes Registered Guest

  7. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

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  8. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    I also think you did well - particularly considering the flaws. As Jonathan said, unless a wedding dress is super-special they can be hard sells. Congrats.
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  9. Threadechoes

    Threadechoes Registered Guest

    Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your knowledge about this dress! Special thanks to @Jonathan for helping me to describe it in my listing!
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  10. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

    Given the small waist size, I think you did very well. I have had one of these cleaned, and it ran me $75 ( because it's a wedding dress and there's a lot of fabric!)

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