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Posted 3 years ago

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When I bought this the lady said it used to come with an MGM certificate as had been used in a production in the late 40s or early 50s. The back fastens with velcro and has its old labels inside but no certificate anymore. Few repairs on the sleeves but in overall very good condition. Sorry item not with me but if can update this later and put in labels I will.
I would love to find out what it was originally used in and get some pictures of it being worn!
The bodice is velvet with layered ruffled broidery anglaise lace in the bustle. I just love this and one of my favourite pieces I own even though you dont often have a reason to wear something so silly, but never stuck for St Patricks Day without an outfit ever again!

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  1. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    If velcro is used to close the back of the costume it is probably a more modern repair or size adjustment. Velcro wasn't used in clothing in the 40s or 50s - or even in the 60s. More like late 70s. Could have been made by a costume shop or come from a theme park. Who cares? You enjoy it - (and look fab in it) - that is the most important factor. DD@Phila
  2. lundy lundy, 3 years ago
    very nice find and it fits you very well
  3. hotkitties, 3 years ago
    finelines, do some research, according to wikipedia, velcro was manufactured & used in the 50's.
    This costume could be from the 50's.
    It's neat ;)
  4. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    Hmmm, disagree hotkitties. We can agree to disagree without being impolite.
    More importantly, rather than having a who is right contest - Miss JeTaimeV looks awesome in the costume no matter how it closes - THAT is the most important fact - certainly you'll agree to that. DD@Phila
  5. hotkitties, 3 years ago
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "Velcro is the brand name of the first commercially marketed fabric hook-and-loop fastener,[1] invented in 1948 by the Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral. De Mestral patented Velcro in 1955, subsequently refining and developing its practical manufacture until its commercial introduction in the late 1950s."
  6. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    Hello JeTaimeVintage. Would you kindly delete my comments? It isn't fair that your question is hijacked by an idiotic who is right contest. I withdraw - but with compliments on your find. Thanks and please delete this too? DD@Phila
  7. hotkitties, 3 years ago
    I am not an idiot and I am not in a right contest.
    You just have to do some research, that's all. It's fairly simple to do.
  8. Mrj303 Mrj303, 3 years ago
    IMO I think she was saying she didn't think the costume looks like it was made in the 50s not that velcro wasn't invented by the 50s.
  9. hotkitties, 3 years ago
    OK, I get it.
    So, velcro was made in the late 40's, early 50's.
    BUT it wasn't used until 70's. Yes, that makes tons of sense.
    What did they do with velcro for 20+ years?
  10. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    Finelines, I wouldn't worry about it, it seems to be a pattern. As us regular posters are supportive of each other, this too will pass. Velcro may have had a patent but we all know it was not used on older clothing, or even doll clothes for that matter until much, much later.
  11. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    De Mestral obtained patents in many countries right after inventing Velcro as he expected a high demand immediately. Partly due to its appearance, though, Velcro's integration into the textile industry took time. At the time, Velcro looked like it had been made from leftover bits of cheap fabric, and thus was not sewn into clothing or used widely when it debuted in the early 1960s. It was also viewed as impractical.
    De Mestral saw Velcro as a replacement for zippers, among other things.

    Velcro got its first break when it was used in the aerospace industry to help astronauts maneuver in and out of bulky space suits. However, this reinforced the view among the populace that Velcro was something with very limited utilitarian uses. The next major use Velcro saw was with skiers, who saw the similarities between their costume and the astronauts, and thus saw the advantages of a suit that was easier to don and remove. Scuba and marine gear followed soon after. After seeing astronauts storing food pouches on walls, children's clothing makers came onboard. As Velcro only became widely used after NASA's adoption of it, NASA is popularly — and improperly — credited with its invention.
  12. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    I got my information from the same place, I guess you should have kept reading it.

    The name "Velcro" is a derivation from the French words Velours (velvet) and Crochet (hook) and was registered as a trademark on May 13, 1958.

    Although there were literally hundreds of uses for his hook and loop fastener, initial sales were disappointing. This was due to the reluctance of clothing manufacturers to use the product - it wasn't considered fashionable.

    However, when NASA started using Velcro on their space suits, then sports apparel and child clothing manufacturers started buying over 60 million yards per year.

    So there you go, about the 70's
  13. hotkitties, 3 years ago
    thank you for that wonderful rendition of copy & paste.

  14. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    OH anytime honey
  15. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    JeTaime feel free to delete my comments as well. I think it's a vintage piece and very cool.
  16. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    Greetings Vestaswind. Thanks for the sound advice. Think I'll take it! DD@Phila
  17. stonesfan1 stonesfan1, 3 years ago
    hi after reading all that if i remember right the made the invented velcro did so after he came home with burhoaxs ?spelling . all over his pants .
  18. stonesfan1 stonesfan1, 3 years ago
    oh and you look like jenna elfman from dharma and greg

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