What a stunner! A gorgeously constructed dress in a killer hue, this curve-hugging dream by Beaumelle of California features a slim skirt with hip pockets, a wide flattering waistband, and the best neckline/collar combination. Zippered wrists. The back metal zip only goes partway up the back to preserve the integrity of the collar. The outer fabric is a wool blend, and is lined in what feels like acetate.
Waist 27” snug
Hip 38” max (no stretch unless you cut the lining)
Fair vintage condition. There are several moth nibbles, and one spot on the front of the bodice. A hand repair has been done near the right underarm and though it’s small, it is noticeable. Priced accordingly.
About the Label
Beaumelle Kimball (the third of her name) was born in Seattle in 1913, the daughter of a wealthy oil man. They also had homes in San Francisco and Texas by the time she took her first European voyage as a debutante at the age of 17, after which she lived in New York and married an Italian who worked as a garment cutter. By 1940, they had moved moved to Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter Beaumelle was working as a designer. Her first commercial successes came in the late 1940s, and she began to be nationally advertised by 1948. She hit her stride in the early 1950s, when her often outlandish and over the top figure-hugging and enhancing dresses shared headlines with Dorothy O'Hara and Don Loper. She and her second continued to grow Beaumelle Originals through the 1950s and early 60s. She died in California in 1987.