I love kitschy, tiki things and my favorite fashions are mid century designs inspired by Polynesian and Asian art. After falling in love with a pretty blue Alfred Shaheen last year, I recently obtained another, very different Shaheen style this month!
This one’s a strapless mid-1950s dress with a pleated shelf bust and full skirt. I’m not usually a fan of brown, but the fabric on this one is gorgeous! It’s a rich, cool brown Polynesian texture with gorgeous, creamy white blossoms. The pleated upper bodice is a nice, sharp white that contrasts nicely with the brown texture of the main dress.
I’m wearing this with a white Malco Modes 591 tea-length crinoline petticoat. Under the bodice is the Goddess GD689 strapless, a great 1950s-style longline bullet bra. Makes me feel like Barbie!
Stay tuned for pictures of a gorgeous vintage halterneck Kamehameha swing dress I bought recently!
Edited on 1/20/2014 to add:
Here are my pics of the inner bodices of both Shaheens! The blue has a white 1960s Shaheen label and the brown has a…brown 1950s Shaheen label. ;D