Vanessa Kelly Clothing
Madeline Dress - Cactus Print
Walking in straight lines is far from compulsory when wearing this enchanting vintage style dress. Madeline is instead the sort of dress where you will find yourself holding court at a high tea or sipping coffee with friends. She has a princess line bodice with a waistband and a box pleated skirt with pockets, magnificently combining style with functionality.
Madeline is not a traditional princess line dress, but rather a clever twist to combine two different fashion eras. The 1860’s saw the introduction of the princess line gown, so often worn by royalty and it is from here where Vanessa took inspiration for the form fitting bodice of this unique dress. She then combined this with a striking cummerbund like waistband and from the 1950’s fashion era, box pleats and practical pockets. Box pleats were a way in which post World War 2 designers could celebrate the end of fabric rationing. That’s because they require up to three times as much fabric as skirts without them. Box pleats also have the advantage of bulking out the skirt of Madeline, giving her a fullness which is usually reserved for dresses with petticoats worn underneath.
Madeline is a great choice for women who desire a feminine vintage style dress. Her curved neckline lets you wear all manner of jewellery; from long strings of pearls to a gold locket, Madeline will show them off beautifully. Her wide shoulder straps allow both ease of movement and a refreshing coolness for those long hot summer days. Her skirt billows out and her pleats and waistband are perfect for concealing amble hips and tummies!
Team her with a pair of stiletto heels and a cute little vintage cape for those chilly evenings and you’ll be ready to wow the world! Your carriage awaits madam…
Each Madeline vintage style dress is unique. Made with a high quality 100% cotton fabric, of which no more than one is ever made with the same fabric. This gives you the certainty of knowing your dress is a one-off piece of vintage inspired history! All of our women’s vintage clothing range is made by award winning designer Vanessa Kelly. Specialising in vintage inspired women’s clothing, Vanessa lovingly hand makes each piece of clothing herself.