We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.
The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours.
We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:
BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.
Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements
WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.
LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement.
RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso, and then a waist down measurement.
INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.
SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve. When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**
*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.
Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase. If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave
This 1960's Norman Norell dress is beautifully made and is in pink silk embellished with beautiful silver sequins. The dress has a high neck, long, sheer sleeves, and is lined in a gorgeous nude silk fabric.
The dress has the Norman Norell label and zips up the back. We estimate this to fit a modern day size 4/6 but please use the measurements as a guide for the best fit!
LENGTH from top of shoulders to waist: 16"
LENGTH from waist: 38"
Provenance is very important to us, so we hope you will enjoy reading a little more about the woman who owned the beautiful dress and other Norman Norell dresses that were hers or her mother's. We are so honored to be selling these pieces. Her granddaughters provided this small glimpse into their family's rich fashion history!
The Meier, Schwartz and Sadowsky Families were prominent members of the fashion industry for over 150 years. Reuben Sadowsky was a real estate and garment tycoon in the 19th century, having erected the Sadowsky Building at 1372 Broadway in Manhattan, which was the first manufacturing site in “Garment Town”.
Many of the Norell pieces that we are listing were originally designed for Reuben’s only daughter, Betty Sadowsky Schwartz or his granddaughter Laura. Betty Sadowsky married Harry Schwartz, who owned National Department Stores. Harry Schwartz was a very close college friend of Oscar Hammerstein ( of Rogers & Hammerstein and Betty and Harry Schwartz would often attend openings of the Rogers & Hammerstein plays Betty's granddaughters told us that several of the evening gowns we are selling were worn at events hosted by Rogers & Hammerstein.
Because Betty’s husband owned National Department Stores, the Schwartz family would regularly visit their stores around the country. Among the stores in the National Department Store chain was Lipman Wolfe & Company, which was located in the building across from Meier & Frank Department store in Portland, Oregon. On one of the Schwartz family visits to Portland, they brought their daughter and she met and eventually married a descendant of the Meier & Frank Company. This marriage joined two remarkable fashion families!
Betty eventually moved to Portland to be near her daughter. Betty and her daughter often accompanied by a granddaughter or two, would travel to New York together to personally view Norman Norell's latest collections and to have pieces custom designed and custom fitted. It seems that Betty Schwartz's adoration of Norell's designs was passed on to her daughter!
In order to best determine fit, measure yourself or a garment that fits you well. Compare those measurements to those on the item description.
All of our pieces have been professionally cleaned and arrive ready to wear.