A talented designer that worked in fashion primarily in the 1940s – 1950s, Mel Warshaw owned Mel Warshaw Inc., the parent company to “Jay Original.” Originally from New York, Mel Warshaw moved to Miami in the early 40s. He is considered influential and one of the originators of mid-century Miami fashion. Miami was a popular destination in the 1950s. Socialites, starlets and wealthy travelers both lived in and traveled to Miami. For stylish souvenirs and to commemorate their glamorous times while there, many purchased fine garments.
This 1950’s exquisitely constructed Jay Original, Mel Warshaw dress is meticulously fashioned from a sublime floral cotton and luxurious green cotton with a subtle sheen. The green cotton fabric is like a polished cotton but with a softer richness and depth to the fibers. The floral and green fabrics are beautifully combined with an elegant sewn scalloped border encircling the dress. This border gradually gets higher on one side of the dress, offering a captivating visual balance to the asymmetric bodice. The remarkably sensational bodice has side boning and a sophisticated one-shoulder shelf bust design with a green cotton strap and bow. The ingenious dress designer artfully designed the front and back of the garment to look like the one-shoulder green cotton strap continues down the front and back of the dress like an interweaving ribbon. By strategically placing 2 skillfully constructed bows and allowing the green “ribbon” strap to look as though it is weaving in and out of the floral fabric as it travels down the garment, the designer of this “Jay Original” masterpiece successfully married all design elements of this dress together in one glamorous “gift” of fashion. Over 45 rhinestones are scattered over the floral fabric on the front and back of the dress. A peachy pink colored tulle underlay for the circle skirt completes this flattering showstopper. The color of the tulle underlay charmingly matches the peachy pink of some of the floral fabric’s flowers. The attention to detail and level of workmanship seen on this dress is seldom found on garments today. There is a star quality and refined seductiveness to this dress that makes one envision an icon like Grace Kelly donning this garment on the silver screen. A timeless, classic dress designed for a modern princess!
Waist: 29 inches
Bust: 35 – 36 inches
Hips: Free Sweep
Total Length with Shoulder Strap: 48 inches
Total Length from top of highest point of bust to hem (without strap): 40 inches
Desert Belle Vintage General Apparel Chart Size
Medium / Large
This vintage 1950’s Jay Original, Mel Warshaw Inc., Miami dress is in excellent condition with no holes or repairs. The floral and green fabrics are rich and vibrant. The floral bodice is lined in the green cotton, and the skirt is beautifully sewn so the entire inside skirt is the green cotton. There are two internal straps to assist with hanging the dress. This dress has hand-sewn finishing touches such as hand-sewn whipstitching at the hem indicating a conscientious attention to garment construction not seen in contemporary mass-produced clothing. The dress closes with a beautifully working side metal zipper and top hook and eye. There is some age to the metal of the hook and eye. There are two very small unnoticeable spots/marks, one by the side zipper and one on the inside bust. The tulle underlay has some minor tearing in a few areas, nothing that detracts from wear or is visible when the garment is worn. The picture of the tulle underlay shows a white crinoline underneath. The white crinoline was used for display purposes only and is not part of the dress. Please email us if you would like any additional pictures.
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