I am restoring a 1950's dress which is similar in construction methods and quality to Frank Usher from this period. Both used a pannier style underskirt construction made of pleated net and pellon. I have found that the Michael Howard label continues on garments until the 70s roughly but it is clear that the 50's was a different era for the company. I wonder if they were a 'model house' brand at this point and later went into more accessible RTW. My dress has some hand finishing. Also if anyone can identify what the range name of this label is for sure, I'd be grateful! It's down on some sites and auction catalogues as either Gem-Broi or Gem-Bioi neither make a lot of sense to me, it might be Gem - Brioi? I assume it refers to the gem-studded leaves that decorate the dress.