1960s Jean Varon Slit Front Empire Waist Art Deco Print Dress
Jean Bates designed under the name Jean Varon in 1959 and quickly became a favorite of the British fashion sect. In 1965 one of his dresses was chosen as the 'Dress of the Year' and donated to the Fashion Museum in Bath, the same museum who held a retrospective of his work in 2006. Here he has done a brilliant little dress that is heavily influenced by the love for all things Art Deco during this time period. If it was not such a tiny sized piece I would have it ion my own closet forever. The base color is a creamy ivory and onto that is that gorgeous print in soft peaches and taupe. The dress has a high collar and sleek bodice with a domed gold button at the top of the neck and a second one at the waist. In between the two it is slit open so you get a tiny flash of skin peeking through. The sleeves are capped and the skirt cascades to the floor. I love the black and white striped cord that separates the pattern pieces of the bodice and also circles and defines the waist. The print is cleverly placed to make a girl look super model tall and curved at the same time. Subtle pleats shape the skirt. It is even better on person. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a low front painted metal zipper at the waist. It buttons just above that and then at the front neck. It is open between the two buttons. It is very tiny - a true size 0 or maybe even less unless you are very tiny through the bust and rib cage.
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: approx 15" flat across with no true defined side seam
Empire waist: 16" flat across the back from seam to seam
Bodice: 10" from neck to empire waist
Skirt: 46" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.