Harry Collins Edwardian Pink & Blue Vintage Dress w/ Mother of Pearl Buttons
This very rare museum worthy vintage dress was designed by renowned American fashion designer Harry Collins in the 1910's. Harry Collins was one of the first American designers who brought high fashion to the US and he helped shape the style of the American women who wanted to wear glamorous dresses.
Collins was a contemporary of Lucille, Adrian, etc.. and his designed rivaled those of French designers at the time. Collins was well known for his beautiful dresses and this one is a true testament to his talent. These dresses are nearly impossible to find and this particular dress came from the estate of a socialite from Chicago who wore only the finest clothing from prominent designers.
This dress is absolutely stunning with its finely pleated blue cotton voile under fine pink silk, and the dramatic rows of gorgeous mother of pearl buttons on each side and at the top of the shoulders. There is a silk sash, built in netting in the bodice and snaps and hooks and eyes underneath to connect. The dress fits our size 2 mannequin perfectly and we would say it could be worn by a size 0 or 2 comfortably.
The label reads: Harry Collins New York Original Model and there are over 120 mother of pearl buttons on the dress! We also have other pieces from this estate including 2 pairs of Edwardian shoes and wonderful vintage late teens and early 1920's jackets!
LENGTH from top of shoulders to waist: 15"
LENGTH from waist: 29"
Harry Collins designed the dress that first lady Florence Harding wore to her husband's inauguration. He also wrote several books and his articles on fashion were published in several magazines. His most famous book was called "The ABC of Dress" and he was known for his passion for making dressmaking into an art. He designed for stage and screen and for many famous clients included the Dolly Sisters. We are now obsessed with him and hope to bring an appreciation for his artistry back to the fashion world! We have included an image of an advertisement from 1922 for Harry Collins dresses just to show his style and versatility.
Excellent condition. The dress has a very small tear under the arm that is negligible. The blue fabric has some slight discoloration underneath the pink dress. Minor average wear, otherwise amazing condition for a dress like this!
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
At Modig, we pride ourselves in selling vintage items that are in excellent condition and ready to use. Everything in our inventory has been professionally cleaned and stored in a climate controlled, pest-free environment.
All of our items are pre-owned, and as such we do our best to mention any flaw in detail, including photographs when appropriate. Slight imperfections are part of the history of vintage garments, but it is our goal to make sure that you know exactly what you are getting when you shop with us.
Here is a guide to condition for our site:
MINT - In "as new" condition. May include original tags or may appear unworn.
EXCELLENT - Very minor to no visible flaws found. May have been washed and worn, but was well taken care of and stored properly.
NOTE: Most of our items are included in the above categories unless stated otherwise. We only list items in the categories below if they are extremely rare, unique, or have an important label.
GOOD - Definitely wearable but might have a small hole, a spot we were unable to remove, or a tear that is not in the seam but in an inconspicuous spot. It might just be that the item doesn't appear as "crisp" as it would have been originally but is still a wonderful piece.
FAIR - When we sell garments in this category, it is mainly because they are from an important designer or rare pieces from the late 1800s or early part of the 20th century. They are generally fragile textiles, and are meant to be used for study or display purposes.
We have been selling vintage clothing for over two decades, and have many wonderful customers that have bought with us since the beginning. To build and maintain that kind of trust and relationship, we pride ourselves on cleanliness, proper storage techniques, and sharp eyes for flaws.
Please note that all orders have a 1-3 business day handling time in addition to the shipping times below. Please contact us before making your purchase if you need an item by a specific date so we can advise you on shipping and expedited handling.
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RETURNS + EXCHANGES
We want your shopping experience with Modig to be as easy and hassle-free as possible. As such, we have extended our return policy in order to better address the needs of our customers.
To better guarantee your purchase, we encourage our customers to read all condition statements and review the detailed measurements provided for every item on our site. We also encourage you to ask any questions in advance before purchasing anything from us including sizing information, color clarification, etc.
We can easily accommodate exchanges or returns for store credit.
Returns are accepted if you follow the steps below:
1. We are contacted within 24 hours of receiving the item with written intent to return.
2. Once approved for a return, the item is postmarked for return within 48 hours of the notification.
3. Item is unworn with all tags attached and in the condition it was sent. If tags are removed and/or item has been worn or shows damage of any kind, we retain the right to refuse a refund for the item or deduct the cost of cleaning/mending from the return amount.
4. Buyer is responsible for return shipping charges and will not be reimbursed for the original shipping cost (this includes all custom fees, duties and taxes).
5. Returned item must be shipped with appropriate tracking and insurance. We can provide the return shipping label if requested, and the cost will be deducted from the final return amount.
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Items NOT eligible for returns:
X Purchases from our Sale section
X Jewelry, handbags, shoes and accessories
X Lingerie and underthings
X Antique garments (1930's or earlier)
X No refunds are given for items damaged or lost by the carrier during shipping. We ship all items insured and the purchaser is to pursue any shipping claims with the carrier.