1950s 1951 CAROLYN SCHNURER scarab documented dress xs | new spring
m i n t : pristine with no signs of wear- possibly deadstock
e x c e l l e n t : signs of normal wear and age- no obvious flaws
v e r y g o o d : noted minor flaws that may have been already repaired - very wearable
g o o d : many noted minor flaws and/or mends -wearable
f a i r : numerous noted flaws and mends, some significant - still wearable
Collectible 1950's dress from Carolyn Schnurer! This is a wonderful novelty print with red scarabs grouped in threes. The white cotton is what Vogue calls "cotton grosgrain" . It has some texture and vertical lines to it. Peasant style gathered bust, curved cap sleeves, fitted waist and full skirt. Side metal zip. Unlined. Hand washed and ready to wear! Documentation from Vogue December 1951!
Schnurer's designs can be found at the MET Museum: "During her twenty-year career in fashion, Carolyn Schnurer was a pioneer in the newly emerging American sportswear industry. Directing her designs toward young active women, Schnurer developed coordinate sets and dresses that were unfussy, required minimal foundation garments and could be worn for a variety of occasions. Particularly renowned for her culturally-inspired resort collections, rather than a blatantly costumed appearance, Schnurer's designs maintained a classic American silhouette and incorporated the cultural theme in fabric selection or construction detail.
Brand: this does not have a label, but the last picture shows an identical dress we own that has the label!
Size on tag: None
Fits like: xs
Condition: Excellent Vintage: the bust edge where it curves has a tiny bit of fray. Tiny rust spots on the lining probably from a hanger, not seen when worn. A tiny faint discoloration on the back of skirt on hem.
Bust (underarm seam) : 32"
Total length: 47"