Possibly 1940s long navy dress 100% wool, but finely processed in Italy to appear closer to the linen look than modern wool. Lining appears to be silk. Two tags: 1 for Italian designer Ing. Loro Piana & C (now Loro Piana) stating the fabric was made by them in Italy from 100% Zelander New Zealand Merino wool. Second tag is a Brooks Brothers tag that says “woven in Italy.” Ankle length dress in navy blue. Pristine condition aside from a tiny wear hole on one sleeve.
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Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A vintage Ing. Loro Piana & Co., navy Merino wool belted full-length dress
Circa 1940s, retailed by Brooks Bros
Woven in Italy with New Zealand wool
With half-length sleeves, pleated boat neck and tailored bodice, nipped waist, sash belt and full ankle-length skirt
CONDITION: minor wear commensurate with age; one small tear to top of left sleeve.
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