Mary Quant become famous for her mini dresses in the 1960s, some even attribute her as inventing them, but she continued designing past that period and was still designing into the 1970s. Her clothing from that later time period reflected what was happening in the Brit fashion movement of those days. I am dating this to approx 1971 based on the fabric which is similar to pieces I have seen from that same year by Ossie Clark. The London designers would have been buying from the same or similar textile shops and factories so that makes best sense. It is made of a heavy black silk with a floral & leaf design in a glossier tone worked directly into the fabric. The cut is classic early seventies and showcases her incredible tailoring. It has an almost Victorian feel to ti with its laced edged neckline and a flapper feeling dropped, tiered skirt. The neckline is squared off with wide straps that have a layer of lace applied over them. It buttons down the front so has the feel of a lingerie piece. The body of the dress is fitted to the hip with a panel of fabric layered over the waist for a touch of flounce. From there the skirt billows out quite full and drops into another tiered, fuller low skirt. The fabric really reacts nicely to the light and the volume is the skirt is incredible when you move. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on to wear with buttons running down the front. It has its original matching fabric tie belt.
Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.