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Woman's Shirtwaist Dress

c. 1955
Designed by Rudolf
Variations of the shirtwaist, or shirt-dress, were extremely popular in the 1950s because the style was versatile, as well as ladylike and practical. This silk example, labeled "Original by Rudolf," is by one of the many American designers who interpreted fashion for American women. Below a demure Peter Pan collar, the bodice is fitted by darts and underarm gussets. An attached belt defines the slightly dropped waist, reflecting the long, lean torso that was fashionable in mid-decade. The full skirt is pleated to take advantage of the fabric's large checks, and bias panels at the sides are accented with large buttons. A tacked-in petticoat of nylon ruffles edged with nylon horsehair ensures the proper skirt silhouette.

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