1960s Young Innocents by Arpeja Cotton Floral Print Caftan Dress
This is a wonderful and easy to wear caftan dress by the Young Innocents by Arpeja label. Arpeja was based out of California. They had several lines that were very on trend and targeted towards a more youthful audience. The Young Innocents label launched in 1964 and lasted into the early 1970s. They were an early proponent of sourcing fabric that were from organically grown sources.
This caftan dress is bright and colorful and so very pretty with its mix of a true bright blue and a soft apple red. It has an almost smock feel to its construction The sleeves are exceptionally wide and the effect once on a real person is wonderful. The neckline is cut into a V at the front and trimmed with a wide border of the red floral fabric. This same red is used for the attached ties that you can use to cinch it in at the waist. Under that the skirt falls to the floor, gently widening as it nears the hem. More red edges each wide sleeve and then is used in a wide band around the hem. It is a made out of cotton so it is very easy to care for. I love the combination of the red and blue and the big floral print that covers both colors. The fabric also has an unusual 'puffed' ribbon effect running through it that adds an extra layer of texture. The dress is magical. Excellent condition
Closes with a back zipper and the attached ties will allow you to cinch in the waist as much as you wish. Easy to care for and can be machine or hand washed. The loose and easy cut should work on a variety of sizes.
Sleeves: approx 19"
Shoulders: no true shoulder seam
Bust: open with no true side seams through the bust area
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photo: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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