Vintage Pierre Balmain haute couture dress circa early 1950's. Black unlined wool trimmed with finely ribbed silk satin. Metal side zipper and at cuffs. 25" waist, 40" across bust, 38" hip, 16" shoulders, 22.5" sleeve. 1 small red mark at collar (as pictured).
Fit is one of the most crucial points for customer satisfaction when purchasing online. As marked sizes differ from brand to brand, actual measurements can be the most accurate. Please scroll down to view an international size conversion chart and instructions on how to measure. This chart is only a guideline as sizing can vary from brand to brand. We try our best to assess fit and provide accurate measurements but if you have any additional questions about a specific item please contact us.
HOW WE MEASURE
Here is a graphic on how we measure the most important areas to ensure a more accurate fit. All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat and buttons done up. Please select a similar garment from your own wardrobe with similar fit and compare measurements. Please note our measurements are of the actual garment and not body measurements. However we often add notes about recommended body measurements to help determine fit so have also provided instructions on how to measure for body measurements.
Dresses and Tops:
Garment Bust: Measure armpit to armpit seam across front and double the measurement. For example if the measurement is 17”, double the measurement to arrive at 34”.
Your Bust size in inches: While standing up straight, wrap the tape measure around the largest part of your chest over the bust wearing the bra that you will wear with the garment. Please note that bra size is not the same as bust size in inches.
Garment Shoulders: Measure straight across from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.
Garment Waist : Measure smallest part of waist and double the measurement.
Your waist size in inches: While standing up straight, wrap the tape measure around the smallest part of your waist.
Garment Hip: Measure largest part of hip and double the measurement.
Your Hip size in inches: While standing up straight, wrap the tape measure around the largest part of your hips over the butt.
Sleeve : Measure top of shoulder seam to cuff.
Length: Measure back neck seam to hem.
Pants and Bottoms:
Waist: Measure waist of garment and double the measurement. For example if the measurement is 14”, double the measurement to arrive at 28”.
Rise: Measure from centre crotch seam to top front waist.
Inseam: Measure from centre crotch seam to hem along interior leg seam.
Cuff: Measure at bottom cuff.