This charming dress is the first and only vintage 1950’s dress ever seen by Desert Belle Vintage bearing the label: “Brief Measure ‘For the Smaller Miss 5’ 4″ or Less.'” This little-is-known-about company with its uncommon and rare fashion label obviously designed clothes in a petite size range for ladies who are 5 feet 4 inches and under.
It is visually apparent that much thought went into the design and construction of this magnificent dress. The voluminous full circle skirt of the dress is constructed of an eye-catching and fun graphic “lines and stripes” mid-century modern cotton print fabric in colors of red-orange, green, black, gray and white. The exceptional MCM print of the skirt makes this dress a twirl-worthy showstopper! Upon close inspection of the skirt’s fabric, it looks as though the design was printed one color at a time. Due to this seldom seen, more hands-on, printing method, there are subtle artistic variations in line widths and color-way alignments seen throughout the skirt’s design. This one-color-at-a-time printing process allowed the designer of this print to create a fabric that stands as a true piece of textile art with a hand done, one-of-a-kind look. The print of the skirt is so distinctive and inimitable that it is not easily categorized from a design perspective. The “lines and stripes” print of the skirt calls to mind the striped fiesta and patio dresses of the 1950’s, but this dress has a dramatic MCM flair not seen with those other dress types. This is a truly unique and special dress!
This dress has an elegant, sculptural black cotton cap-sleeve collared bodice with 6 faceted square black plastic buttons with glittering round rhinestone centers. A red-orange and green layered grosgrain ribbon sash is strategically sewn on the front bodice so as to hang down from under the smartly folded collar. The colors of the ribbon sash perfectly complement the red-orange and green colors found in the skirt’s impressive pattern. The bodice collar has a small black button on one side so you can wear the collar buttoned (as photographed) or unbuttoned. Buttoning the collar button gives the dress an alluring cut-out, keyhole bodice design and leaving the button unbuttoned shows off the square lines of the semi-plunging neckline. This versatile dress is ideal for any and all celebratory occasions, and this dress showcases mid-century modern design perfectly both in its wearability and exemplary construction.
Waist: 30 inches
Bust: 40 inches
Hips: Free Sweep
Total Length: 45 inches
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This vintage 1950’s Brief Measure dress is in excellent unworn deadstock without tags condition. This dress is fresh with crisp fabric and looks as though it was just purchased yesterday! The cotton fabric of the dress is vibrant, rich and bright. Due to the one-color-at-a-time printing method employed for the skirt (as described above), we did find one small gray ink splatter hidden within the folds of the skirt. It is super minor and simply gives a nod to the rare printing technique employed for this garment’s design. This dress has hand-sewn finishing touches such as a hand-sewn whipstitched hem and hand-sewn whipstitching inside each cap sleeve indicating a conscientious attention to garment construction not seen in contemporary mass-produced clothing. This dress has a beautifully working side metal zipper. The dress does not have its original belt. This dress does not require a belt, but should you wish to add one, a simple black belt would look lovely. This dress was styled with a crinoline that was used for display purposes only and is not included with the dress.
Desert Belle Vintage Size & Condition Guide.
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