Vintage 1970’s Hilo Hattie Abstract Dress; Design by Evelyn Margolis
Vintage 1970’s; Beautiful Summer Dress design by Evelyn Margolis for Hilo Hattie. What makes this dress different, it’s not a typical Hawaii Print, but more on the lines of an abstract print. Which makes it totally different from designs from Hilo Hatti by Ms. Margolis. Dress has fabulous colors of Orange, Black, White, and Marigold. Perfect for any summer day, resort and/or vacation. The dress is sleeveless, skirt is cut on the bias with a 53″ sweep, has 5 fabric covered buttons down the front, collar 5″ width, sash/belt, 3″ wide and 65″ length from end to end. Tag Size 16, but please use measurements which I have provided below. Excellent/Mint Vintage Condition. No tears, stains or discoloration.
Measurement of garment taken lying flat. Please Double; Bust 20 1/2″, Waist 17″, Hip area is free. Actual: Shoulder to Shoulder 15 1/2″, Neck to hemline 48 1/2″.
History of Hilo Hattie: To take advantage of Hawaiian Tourism, Pomare was founded in 1963 by 25 years-0ld James S. Romig. A native of Washington State, he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in accounting in 1960 and went to work for Boeing Corp in Seattle as a financial analyst. Also, in 1963 Romig opened his first store “Kaluma Hawaii Sportswear” on island of Kauai. To maintain growth, in 1979 Pomare purchase the Margolis Manufacturing and Retail Company, in Hilo. Romig focused the business on resort shops. Evelyn and Richard Margolis owned the rights to the stage name of Hawaiian Educator/turned entertainer Clarissa Haili aka Hilo Hattie. They had become her partners on 1971 to develop a line of Hilo Hattie brand clothing. One of her most popular song and dance numbers was “When Hilo Hattie Does the Hilo Hop”, hence the name. A Margolis painting of a broadly, sweet smiling Haili, who died the year of the purchase, adorns a wall at the corporate offices of Pomare Ltd., Hilo Hattie’s parent company. The first mainland store was; City of Orange, California in 1998, 2002 was Las Vegas and 2005 San Diego, CA. Paul de Ville is the President and CEO.
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