A "Mary Black" 1940's Vintage Dress
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A “Mary Black” 1940’s Vintage Dress

A rare example of a “Mary Black” original 1940’s dress
American circa 1940

Black crepe jersey, fully lined

Approximately a Size 10

Elegantly shaped and fitted

Barely any sign of wear. Looking in detail, I imagine it to be worn only the once

A lot can be learnt about the designer and her fascinating career on the following website

A snippet:

Mary Black was a London designer who started her business sometime in the 1930s. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1940-41, probably because of the war. In July of 1941, Mary Black of London leased showroom and salon space on W. 47th St. in New York. In addition to welcoming exclusive clients at her salon, Mary Black dresses were also sold at fine specialty shops and high end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and I. Magnin. In 1947, her dresses sold for $80 – $400 (about $812 – $4,060 in today’s dollar.)