Iconic c.1972-73 Missoni Floral Print Metallic Lurex Caftan Dress
This is one of the holy grails when looking for and finding vintage Missoni. It is a metallic lurex floral caftan dress. Similar, but less dramatic pieces with this floral print appeared in the 1972-73 season in Vogue and telegraph magazine and I have included those reference photos here. The caftan is made from a pinky rust colored metallic lurex that has bands of flowers circling the fabric every 6 inches or so from top to bottom. The fabric is feather light so wearing this feels like wearing air and it is coll and comfortable even in warm climates. I myself own its twin and have worn it several times on vacation and closer to home. It is wonderful and easy to wear and very flattering. It is seamed down each side so unlike a traditional caftan it gives you shape and defines your curves. A long fabric belt of the same fabric cinches in the waist and gives it a modern twist. That belt also cleverly camouflages any tummy you have so you feel lean and sleek in it. I love the sides - they are left open from the outer edge to the inner seaming so you get that feel of a true caftan and all the decadence and flow that a caftan would have. You see these very, very rarely and this one is exceptional with its stunning colorway. Excellent condition.
The dress is unlined and slips over the head to wear. There is stretch to the fabric so it will allow a variety of sizes to wear it. The smaller you are the more it fits like a loose caftan. The dress has seaming down the sides so the measurements are from side to side of the inner seaming. The belt is original and in excellent condition.I see one tiny repair to the back of the one of the caftan sides that has no impact once on. Mentioned for accuracy only. The fabric does have some stretch. The cutt will allow it to fit a full range of sizes.
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: will stretch to about 19" flat from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15" flat across from side seam to side seam, has belt to cinch
Hips: will stretch 19-21" comfortably flat from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from neck to bottom hem
Full width across: 48"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photos: (1-2) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. / (3) Model (on right) in Missoni, photo by Duffy for Telegraph Magazine, September 1973. / (4) Moyra Swan wearing a Missoni skirt. Photographed by Barry Lategan from Vogue 1972.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.