No attempts have been made to remove it. You can see it in the last 3 photos. Measures as follows while flat (in inches). High Waist 14.25 (bottom of waist band).
If you need any other measurements, I would be happy to get them for you. The item "Vintage 70s 60s Lanz Bright Flower Dress Sleeveless Empire Waist A-Line V-Neck" is in sale since Friday, September 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Dresses".The seller is "peach3" and is located in Nokomis, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.