Vintage Purple & White Cotton Day Dress Ann Taylor 1950s 39-30-Free

$ 74.00 $ 99.00

Pretty dropped waist dress of medium weight cotton in a black, purple and white abstract print. The bodice is a one piece front and back, with short sleeves that have generous armholes. The collar and cuffs are white cotton pique with a little center braid. The skirt is foolish and falls in pleats from the dropped waist. Sweet tiny buttons down front, full back zipper, not lined. It has original belt. Label is " Ann Taylor".


Marked Size: none

Bust: 39”
Waist: 30”
Hips: free
Shoulder: 17”
Sleeve from underarm: 2”
Sleeve from shoulder: 5.5”
Length: 41”
Length (shoulder to waist): 15.5”
Length (waist to hem): 25.5”


  • CONDITION: Excellent overall, sturdy, but it has a rusty belt buckle, and one faint small light stain as show in photo. The white of the pique is also age discolored .



  • Information about the label:Ann Taylor was not a person, but was the name of a dress. It was the best seller in the store that belonged to the founder’s father. When the son started his own store in 1954, it was given the name “Ann Taylor” by his father. The first Ann Taylor store was in New Haven, Connecticut.
    During the 1990s and into the 2000s, the Ann Taylor chain has shown tremendous growth. Today there are more than 800 Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft stores.
    Label note from former Ann Taylor employee, Julie Kinzey: “When I worked there in the late 1990s there were blue labels as well and they indicated a higher standard of quality, usually better construction and materials. You’d find this level of quality at “blue label stores” like on 5th Avenue in NYC, and the majority of all other regular stores were the white labels. The 3rd tier was the LOFT or outlet stores.”
    Written by Lizzie Bramlett, courtesy of The Vintage Fashion Guild