The Bessi company was launched in 1950 but it was not until 1968 that it started producing the printed pieces that the label is now associated with. Like Pucci he signed all his prints and created them himself. In terms of style, construction and quality, Bessi dresses were often on par with Pucci and Leonard, especially the ones from the late sixties to mid seventies. This one is just lovely and I love it
This dress is made from a fine silk jersey and the colour combination is a little unusual as it is not the typical super bright prints that you more often see with Bessi. The main colour of the jersey is finished in a softer light purple colour. Worked into the print are little pops of different shade of pink. The floral and swirling design covers the entire surface of the dress. A contrasting border defines the cut of the dress and runs around the waist, up the front of the skirt and then defines the collar, cuffs and hem. The sleeves are cut long and I love that little pop of pink at their cuffs. The bodice is cut to skim over the bust with a V neckline. The waist is cut on the more loose and easy side and the skirt flows to the floor and widens softly as it reaches the hem. At the front there is a slit that runs up and in between the print there so that when you walk or sit you get a flash of leg. It also allows the skirt to have a bit more movement when you move. The silk jersey is very light and this allows the dress to drape beautifully on the body. It is a stunning dress. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. Hand finishes throughout. The fabric is also signed throughout. The fabric has some stretch which makes it very comfortable to wear. Very well made and it looks to have been worn very little if at all
Slight drop shoulders: 17"
Bust: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14.5" from top of bodice to top of waist
Skirt: 42" from top of waist 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.