1960s Hardy Amies Printed Blue Silk Voile Dress & Matching Capelet
The Hardy Amies label launched in 1946 with his couture line and he added a ready-to-wear, high end label in 1950. In 1951 Amies was chosen to design some of the wardrobe for Princess Elizabeth’s tour of Canada. That led to Amies appointment as the Royal Dressmaker in 1955 after Elizabeth became the Queen. He was known for his fine, elegant lines and high quality fabrics. A signature touch of Amies is a slightly dropped waistline as he thought it was more flattering and elegant.
This wonderful dress and cpelet set is made of a fine silk voile, one of my favorite fabrics as it holds color exceptionally well and it is very light but still has a touch of structure to it. This unique combination creates volume without bulk or heaviness. The color chosen work brilliantly together, the blue has an almost washed ocean feel to it and onto that is an exotic print in rusts and taupe. The dress is pretty and cut with simple lines. The bodice has tiny straps and a simple cut. The waist is seamed and under that the skirt billows out with light and airy fullness. The skirt is made of yards and yards of silk that drapes perfectly into place as it flows to the ground. It is almost a true circle skirt on that outer layer that floats over the inner lining. A little cape ties into place at the neck and floats over the shoulders to end just about the waist seam at the back and slightly shorter at the front. I love the six inch ruffle that edges its hem and how this ruffle perfectly picks up the skirt's shape and volume. It is very pretty and feminine. Excellent condition
The dress is fully lined in a blue silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. There is a light spot that follows the front seam of the skirt - it really gets lost in the pattern and when on is not noticeable - you do see it when its flat and look for it. You could potentially have that seam taken in a touch and it would be gone if it bothered you. The cape ties at the neck and is unlined.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: " flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist to hem
Cape: 18" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.