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World War II: Circa 1940's

'Ella Fitzgerald' Dress - $30.95

This adorable Dress is an accurate 1940’s design! It features:

  • A cotton calico dress in a bright teal color dotted with yellow flowers
  • A tiny white collar and cuffs trimmed with white lace, cheery yellow rick-rack and a cute yellow button to match
  • The dress bodice gathers to a waistband, and the dress comes with a bright yellow hairbow!
Who is Ella Fitzgerald?

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist, and had a 59-year career. She won many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her career began in 1934 in Harlem, New York, and later joined an orchestra. In 1939, the orchestra was named ‘Ella and her Famous Orchestra’. In 1942, Ella began her solo career, which continued for many years. She is also well known for her work with Louis Armstrong, the famous trumpeter. She has been called America’s ‘First Lady of Song’ and the ‘Queen of Jazz’.

This dress is an accurate depiction of what would have been worn during the 1940’s. It was inspired by a 1941 ‘Simplicity’ pattern illustration. Since fabric rationing was heavy, even in the United States, a simple, knee-length dress like this one would have been normal wear. Ella Fitzgerald was also frequently photographed in dresses very similar to this one.

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