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vintage 1950's dress ...summer dream COLE of california gradient madras plaid convertible halter dress

vintage 1950's dress ...summer dream COLE of california gradient madras plaid convertible halter dress

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true vintage 1950's COLE of california summer dream gradient madras plaid in a pattern matching chevron design convertible halter dress 

can be worn with straps over the shoulders (w/ different buttonholes to shorten, or lengthened) or unbuttoned and tied around the neck

Cole of California started as a swimwear division of the West Coast Manchester Knitting Mills. . In 1925 son Fred Cole, who had been working as an actor, was convinced to join the family business. He did not find making underwear very interesting, so he decided to make bathing suits that had a glamourous, Hollywood edge.

From 1936 through 1972, the company’s head designer was former theatrical designer, Margit Felligi. Felligi was responsible for many innovations in the swimwear industry, such as the use of Lastex fabric, nylon and spandex. She was known for her creative use of fabrics. 

In 1951 Esther Williams was the spokeswoman for Cole swimsuits. One ad read:
“Here’s the perfect suit for real swimmers… the best I’ve ever worn. It will really do something for your form – in or out of the water.”

(courtesy of vfg) written by fuzzylizzie 



  • classic fifties silhouette with a fitted bodice and full skirt
  • boned bust with curved and side stays for the perfect form
  • side smocked panels
  • back metal zipper

 *accessories NOT included



Measurements given are ''actual'' measurements of the item taken from the outside of the garment. Please consider your individual comfort and compare measurements accordingly. For more information regarding our sizing, or measurement process please review our


bust-to 28-34", waist-23-28", length- approx 42" (depending on how you wear the straps)




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