Monday, March 30, 2009

Vintage 1950s Prom Dresses

When I think of 1950s prom dresses, this is the style that comes to mind. Lots of tulle and lace in layers or ruffles, super-full skirts, and strapless bodices. This is the style of dress my mom wore to her school dances in the late 1940s. My grandmother made mom's dresses and then stored them in the attic. I loved playing in grandma's attic when I was a child, and those dresses always enchanted me. As it turned out, they were influential in my choice of career as a vintage clothing dealer as well!

Three strapless tulle dresses by Nadine Formals. The Nadine Formals company was based in St. Louis and is still in business today as part of the Bridal Originals company. These dresses sold in 1957 for $25 - $30 (about $195 - $235 in today's dollar).

This 1955 Rappi dress is fashioned of three layers of luscious raspberry pink nylon tulle over matching taffeta lining.

From 1957, the blue dress on the left by Dansant has a tulle sequined bodice with a taffeta circle skirt. This dress sold at Bonwit Teller for $45 (about $350 in today's dollar). At the right, a blue satin blouse is worn with a white tiered lace full skirt, both by Betty Lane.

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7 comments:

Sal said...

LOVE the pink one! Such fun. If only I had a time machine and a prom to go to ...

Gladys said...

I'm with Sal.I want a time machine. I love the yellow one.
Do you think anyone would think I was crazy Old Gladys if I walked around town in any of these?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I wouldn't think you were crazy. How about a vintage prom party?

laurakitty said...

Love all of the dresses in the first photo- the colours are divine. The third photo is a little odd- deer?

makeup`s bestfriend said...

do you know were you can find these dresses today? :) please, please answer me on my email westre6@hotmail.com

kokopeacock said...

my school is putting on the musical Grease as a summer production, so your page helped me get an idea of what to look like and look for:D so excited, even if it's not a real prom it's still a great opportunity to wear a fun 50s dress!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE the turquoise one in the first photo. My prom is coming up this year, and if I could find a dress like that it would be amazing. Do you know of anywhere I could find a dress like that?

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