jean muir

1972 Jean Muir Abstract Printed Silk Satin Dress w Pin Tuck Detailed Bodice

Jean Muir is renowned for her wonderfully cut clothing and her clothes often played on the cuts and styles of the 1940s. When researching her work I found a photo from 1972 that ran in British Vogue of a similar dress in leather. This one was not made to with a belt but you could easily add a belt to get that look. It is a stunning dress and the reference photo gives you a better idea of how great this is on the body. Each of her dresses were made one at a time and by one single person start to finish. This singular attention shows in the high quality of her garments.

This is a stunning example of Jean Muir's work in prints. She definitely tended towards solid colored jerseys so whenever I find one of her prints it's especially thrilling. It is so chic in person. Her dresses really do best with an actual body under them to fully show off the cut and drape. This dress is made from a silk with a satin finish. Onto the silk is screened that wonderful abstract print in a black, rust, yellow and white. The fabric choice allows it to have a beautiful drape and movement. It is  pin tucked on either side of the buttons on the bodice for a pretty detailing. More pin tucking sits at the top of each shoulder. The buttons are covered in the same fabric and these run to the waist. The dress opens fully to the hem and is closed with a series of snaps and hooks hidden down the front of the skirt. The skirt flares out wonderfully and is set into the easy cut waist in a series of soft pleats. Each sleeve is cut very full and wide. A wide ribbon finish circles each sleeve and around the bottom hem.  It presents as excellent condition but does have some minor flaws to review below.

Fully lined in a white silk through the upper bodice and the sleeves and skirt are unlined. It closes with buttons down the front and hook and eye and snaps below the waist. One missing buttons and there are some very faint marks on the fabric near that missing button. The inner lining shows some discoloration and tearing. Please see the photos after the label shot. The outer fabric is strong and wearable.

Sleeves: 23" approx.
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 42" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3512

Reference Photo: Model wearing Jean Muir, UK 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.

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