Vintage Western Find in Small Town Utah

by Foster on October 28, 2011 · 4 comments

in Dresses

Hello all.  This is my first post to this wonderful blog!

Recently my family went on a little camping trip,  and my daughter and I found a charming vintage cowboy shop in Panguitch, Utah.  When she saw this dress, her eyes nearly popped out of her head and she couldn’t wait to try it on.  Here she is modeling it for Halloween.


It looks like it is a late 19th century style dress, but I am guessing it was made mid-20th century.  The tag says Donnell’s of Denver.  I can’t find any information on this brand.  Does anyone know any thing about this company or have an idea when it was made?  The only repair I will have to do is to reinforce the zipper and fix a little tear in the hem.  Stop by my blog for a visit.

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carson1131 October 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Seems Donnell’s of Denver made square dancing dresses. They were listed as a brand carried by a store in an advertisement in a New Jersey square dancing newsletter back in May 1964. Nothing is stated by the name in the ad though.


Ofir October 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Wow! So pretty!!


Inkdork October 31, 2011 at 9:16 am

She looks like Little Bo Peep! I love it! All those gorgeous ruffles!


Jessamyn November 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

Adorable! The fabric and construction have a ’40s feel to me. I have a soft spot for these vintage costumes – and the way they say as much about the period in which they were made as the period they were trying to reproduce.


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