Vintage 1970s John J Hilton dress
“It’s a honey, it’s a Hilton!” This show-stopper dress, with trademark 1970s wide collar, was designed by John J. Hilton, a popular women’s wear designer based in Sydney in the 1950s, 60 and 70s. The dress would have once had a belt as there are loops on either side. There is one button missing at the very base of the dress. Please note, the fine vertical stripes in the fabric are transparent. Our model is wearing a nude-coloured slip with this dress. Label says this is a vintage size 12, but please check below for measurements and modern-day sizing guide.
About the designer: John J. Hilton
Gyula Heitler, born in Bratislava in 1912, was the man behind the John J. Hilton label. He arrived in Australia from Europe in 1947, finding work with his sponsor Alexander ‘Gigi’ Schwarz at Olympia Fashions, a dress shop in Pitt Street. With his elder brother Emil, he founded a business manufacturing ladies knitwear. Adopting the trading name, John J Hilton, they decided to focus on women in their mid-twenties and older, offering them elegant and durable dresses at a fair price. The business grew to 100 employees, with showrooms around Australia and representatives in Paris, New York and London.
The label was one of the first to export Australian fashion to Japan, as well as to Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and United States and received a number of awards including the Australian Wool Award.
Label: John J. Hilton
Material: Crimpolene (polyester)
Measurements according to the label:
Bust: 85cm (33.5 inches)
Hips: 90cm (35 inches)
Best suited to a modern-day Australian size 6 or 8.
Model is a size 6 to 8 with the following measurements:
Bust: 82cm (32.5 inches)
Waist: 66cm (26 inches)
Hips: 91cm (36 inches)
Height: 165cm (5’4”)
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odour free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.