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1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress
1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress

1950s Wool Plaid Paul Sachs Dress


Party in front and back of this absolutely stunning example of this label's work, perfect for winter. Mid- to heavy-weight grey flecked wool with bright tomato red checks on top. Metal zip at neck and side, cute rear bustle detail with "coat tail" and kick pleat. Skirt is lined in acetate, so there is no stretch as is. If you wanted to cut the lining, you might be able to get another inch or so in the hip but not in the waist. Has a few issues to please read condition carefully. Still very wearable and presents beautifully. 

Measurements

Bust up to 40"

Waist 27"

High hip (6" below waist) 37"

Low hip (9" below waist) 38"

Skirt length 30"

Condition

Good vintage condition. There is some slight damage/repair to two of the red squares in the lower back (pictured) and some of the tacks that form the back pleats have come undone. Faint stain on the front of the skirt (pictured) that I haven't tried to lift. No other stains, holes or issues I could find. A truly remarkable piece. Priced with issues in mind, sold as is. 

About the Label 

In the 1940s and early 50s, the lead designers behind the St. Louis label Paul Sachs were Mattie Ruell and Eva Schetagne, both single working women in their 50s whose families had emigrated to North America from France. Eva was born in Canada and came to New York to work as a dressmaker in 1923, and Mattie was born in 1884 in a St. Louis suburb, working professionally before she turned 20. “Miss Mattie, as they informally call the star designer of Paul Sachs Originals, is a natural-born designer with a knowing way of doing the unusual with dress fabric and trim,” recounted a 1944 St. Louis Star and Times article on the designers behind St. Louis fashion labels. Paul Sachs was based in St. Louis and specialized in juniors styles in misses’ sizes. Instead of functioning like an assembly line, Paul Sachs dresses were reportedly constructed by one dressmaker from start to finish, making them higher quality than many others in the middle price range (between $25 and $45 in the late 1940s to mid-1950s). Miss Mattie died of breast cancer in 1953, and Eva died in 1972 just a few years shy of her 90th birthday.