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1950s Henri Bendel Emerald Green Silk Belted Full Skirt Cocktail Dress

Henri Bendel is one of the oldest and most prominent high fashion retailers in the United States. Establishing their start in 1896 as a millinery shop, Bendel’s soon became one of the first American retailers to sell copies French couture designs. Following a brief closure in the1950s, Geraldine Stutz revitalized the brand to focus on a more youthful audience through marketing more Mod styles. Made from a shocking emerald green silk shantung, this 1950s evening dress is a sophisticated tea-length design.

The dress features a smooth round neckline and a full, gathered skirt, a thick waistband, and a classic 50s style bodice with three large round plastic buttons at centre front. Fitted with vertical gathers all around the fullness is balanced by a plain yoke that extends off the shoulder to form shallow cap sleeves. A belt in a matching green shantung can be worn over the waistline of the dress and fits onto the lower button and can be affixed by hidden hand sewn snaps.

Size estimate: Small


Bust: 35 inches

Waist: 25 inches

Hips: up to 37 inches

Length: 40.5 inches

This 50s classic evening dress is fully lined, and the skirt features an underskirt with excellent clean-finished seams. The dress closes at centre front with a center metal zip on the skirt, a hook and eye on the waist and a button closure on the bodice. The dress is in excellent condition with a small spot on the underskirt which is not visible from the exterior. Professionally cleaned and pressed, high-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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