1970s Thea Porter White Embroidered Muslin Butterfly Applique Dress
This is an incredible Thea Porter dress that is absolutely beautiful. When it came to me it was a grubby, dirty cream but once it was properly cleaned I was thrilled to see it in its original crisp white once again. Thea did make wedding dresses and this may have been intended for that use originally. It can be worn for just about any occasion given its cut and lines but would also make a beautiful choice for the bride who wants something different. Thea always began with the fabric when she designed and chose fabrics whose unique attributes then became a part of the design itself whether by texture, color or design. Here we have a beautiful embroidered muslin that appears to be all hand work. I know that Thea often sourced antique fabrics for her work and that is exactly how this feels to me - a Victorian summer weight cotton that is embroidered throughout. Very romantic. The cut is a play on her "Gypsy" design and has the low bodice and seaming that is typical of her work. The edging is done in a deep cream, flat velvet which add a pretty contrast to the white. The sleeves are incredible and with a pin-tuck seaming that gives them fullness through the shoulder and arm before it narrows at the wrists. Appliqued to the front are three butterflies - each a different size, that are embellished with pearls and beads and have a few prong set rhinestones scattered around them. It is an incredibly beautiful piece and very romantic. Excellent condition.
Unlined and has a touch of transparency. It closes with a back painted metal zipper and ties at the top of the keyhole at the front. Each cuff snaps to close with hidden snaps. I added some extra close ups of the fabric and details as the full length photos lose the details because of the light and the dress being white. It is stunning in person.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 46.5" 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.