Vanessa Kelly Clothing
Grace Swing Dress - Fruit Salad
Grace is a one of a kind 50’s dress and an exceptional example of one of the best vintage dresses online. With a form hugging princess line bodice and a fully circular skirt, and side pockets (!) she is definitely a crowd pleaser. Dinner and drinks, a flutter at the races or even at high tea, Grace is a must have retro dress for your summer and winter wardrobe.
Grace is her name personified, swaying gently as you walk, her skirt calmly twirls around your legs, while her bodice has curves in just all the right places. Grace has a zip to help mould her to your torso, while her skirt is free to do as it pleases in the breeze. Fancy a quick spin? Grace’s fully circular skirt will happily oblige or add some puffiness with a petticoat to help her show off her full glory all of the time.
Grace is a pure vintage style dress, right down to her fabric choices. As a unique designer frock, Grace is made with 100% high quality Japanese cotton to ensure she will always look her best. Easy to care for, she is cold machine washable, line dried and warm ironed, giving you no hassles whatsoever in the wardrobe department.
Match her with some elegant heels and you’ll have the perfect 1950’s dress for dinner, or pair her with some cute Mary Janes to take her for a spin on the dance floor. Grace adores accessories, so a vintage cape or jacket would top her off perfectly. Lovingly handmade by experienced Auckland vintage dressmaker Vanessa Kelly, Grace is a beauty to behold.
With the origin of the princess line dress beginning in the 1870’s with designer Charles Worth, it is named after her royal highness Princess Alexandra, giving Grace a rather regal connection. One of the first type of non-corseted fitted bodices, it was considered rather risqué at the time, but nowadays is adored by vintage style dress lovers from around the world.
Princess lined dresses are very cleverly designed to elongate and flatter your body shape. With long fabric pieces which are curved in just the right places, Grace’s princess lined bodice helps to flatter any body shape. The curves of her princess line bodice begin at the waist and gracefully move upwards and out from your bust area. Her full skirt has no gathers, but simply falls effortlessly into a collection of natural pleats, emphasising the large quantity of gorgeous fabric she is made with