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Please help with this 50s? 60s? dress! Made by Shannon's.

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Vixen, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. Vixen

    Vixen Registered Guest

    Please help with this 50s? 60s? dress! Made by Shannon\'s.


    Can someone please tell me what the treatment around the upper torse is called? And what fabric? Also, can anyone date this dress?
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    <img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/674349/Img_3141.jpg' width=347 height=403 >
    <img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/674349/Img_3143.jpg' width=213 height=501 >
    <img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/674349/Img_3144.jpg' width=355 height=476 >
    <img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/674349/Img_3145.jpg' width=210 height=535 >
    <img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/674349/Img_3146.jpg' width=275 height=270 >
  2. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Alumni +

    Very pretty, but I don't think that has a name!

    The bust is draped and shirred in chiffon? or organdy? with an attractive applied crossover of black?

    What is the texture of the black fabric like? Is it smooth or ribbed like grosgrain ribbon?

  3. Vixen

    Vixen Registered Guest

    Hmm.. I don't think it's smooth no. Would I have done better to take the pics outside? I feel like there's not enogh detail and that the dress doesn't look that great against a white background... maybe I should gone for red instead :(
  4. Hattysattic

    Hattysattic VFG Member

    can't offer any more help but just wanted to say hi, and it's a great dress!:D
  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    It reads like silk taffeta and silk chiffon in the photos but it may be rayon. It also looks like it is a good dress. Shannon's rings a bell... it wouldn't be Jack Shannon would it? If so, then you have a desirable AMerican designer dress there. Although I don't think that is the label he used... sorry can't remember.
    It looks late 50s to me. I would call it a strapless cocktail dress with chiffon gathering across the torso with a crossed bodice front.
  6. Vixen

    Vixen Registered Guest

    Thank you SO much Jonathan!! Would it be worth retaking the pics outside and on a regular mani? I was so tired & crabby taking pics for 6 hours on Wed that I quickly lost interest. And the manni (just bought her!!) was SUCH A pain, taking the arms on and off, over and over, and over.. I thought I was going to throw a hissy fit!
  7. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    I know, taking pics of clothes is a real drag. It is a LOT of work. Maybe take a photo of the bodice outside where you can get the true colour. I wouldn't worry about putting it on a mannequin. The far away shots are fine, but the close-ups are a bit bleached and the chiffon looks yellowy, so an outside shot of the bodice would help.
  8. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    And definately provide a shot of the label.
  9. Vixen

    Vixen Registered Guest

    Oh wow! I thought I had!
    Here it is:
    <img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/674349/Img_3147.jpg' width=248 height=153 >
  10. Vixen

    Vixen Registered Guest


    I think I also get a bit carried away with my brightning/contrast features, and DEF with my sharpening tools! Eek! Yeah, I think (to my UTTER disappointment), I think I'm going to end up doing a big reshoot outdoors over the weekend. *cries*
    Also, there are 2 yellow stains, armpits, how can I get them out without sending the dress to the cleaners?
  11. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    I see, Shannon's is the store in Brentwood (isn't that where the Brady's lived?)
    I don't know about those underarm stains... its not good news. You might be able to lighten them, but I think only a dry cleaner will be able to help you, especially if it is silk. Don't wash it -- you will just make it worse.
  12. Vixen

    Vixen Registered Guest

    Dry clean it is then. The only thing is I paid a good sum for the dress, and wanted to keep my investment at that, but I really don't want to lose out by it appearing "dingy". Is it worth dry cleaning it? I mean do you think I'll make a decent amount on it?
    The dress is from Shannon's Brentwood Village CA.
    I wish I could find out if it's the same Shannon you're talking about. I'd hate to sell it as a "Jack Shanon" and it isn't....... or sell it as Shannon's, with no mention of Jack and have a "connaisseur" get it at a bargain!
  13. route66gal

    route66gal Registered Guest

    I was going to say that it looks like the bodice is silk chiffon - if the silk hasn't shattered at all, I'd say you have a serious winner on your hands! I'd definitely suggest having it dry cleaned if you have a reputable cleaner in your area.

    Good luck!

  14. Catboxvintage

    Catboxvintage Registered Guest

    Very interesting dress, I especially like the back with the sinple bow detail. I have to say this just SCREAMED Renee Zellweger to me the moment I saw it. I wonder if she has her Oscar dress yet? :D

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