Sweet Disorder Vintage

1940s Batik Bombshell Dress

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Fabulous late 1940s early 50s batik print dress. Beautifully tailored~ the dress is made to look as though it was casually tied on to the body. But there's an ingenious hidden structure with a boned inner bodice and pleating at the waist to create a seductive hourglass silhouette. The faux sarong style skirt ties at the hip with a pretty bow adding even more emphasis to your waist. Fabric is batik printed cotton in gorgeous shades of sienna brown, turquoise and purple. Metal Talon side zipper. Bombshell perfection!

The dress was last offered at auction and was listed as screen worn by Dorothy Dandrige in the 1940s. I have not been able to verify this however I have found other items owned & worn by Daindrige offered in past auction catalogs. It is very possibly a piece of Hollywood history.

Dorothy Dandrige was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is the first African-American film star to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Carmen Jones (1954).

Flat Measurements

Chest 18"

Waist 13" can be tied smaller

Hip 18"

Length 45" Length shoulder to waist 16"

Label: Custom Made Kenzar Okinawa

Material: Cotton

Condition: Excellent condition. Only the gentlest wear to the inner bodice lining. Clean fresh & ready to wear.

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bust 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42
waist 22-24 24-26 26-28 28-30 30-32
hips 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42


The flat measurements in the product description are the actual measurements of the garment when laid flat. Double the chest, waist and hip measurements for an idea of fit. Please remember to allow a little "space" in a garment beyond your body measurements for ease and a good fit.

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