donald brooks

1960s Backless Dot Donald Brooks Maxi

This early Donald Brooks piece is absolutely amazing! The cut, the design, that fabulous ruffle that is constructed to sit out from the back and around the neck. I just sigh with happiness every time I look at this piece! Constructed from a good weight cotton, the base of the dress is jet black with white dots. It's base design is actually quite simple - the sleeveless bodice is cut to skim the body, it nips in at the waist and the full length skirt flares out in a full A-line. But turn around and the back has been scooped out entirely in a dramatic curved keyhole. This is encircled with a dramatic double later ruffle constructed from a red and white version of the fabric with the two inside parts of each ruffle backed in the black & white version. The cotton is thick enough that it can be made to sit right off the body for full on drama! This same red ruffle is done in a tiered double layer at the hem. This gives the skirt weight so it falls perfectly and balances that dramatic top. Amazing and in excellent condition!

Bust: 19" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" max flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist seam
Skirt: 39" from waist seam to bottom hem

The dress is unlined and closes with a low back zipper. The band across the top of the back has two fabric covered button closures. The two buttons on that top strap have a discoloration to the white dots but this is the only teeny flaw on the piece and so minor its mentioned for accuracy sake only.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD554

Photographed for Factice Magazine, Autumn 2014 by Peter Tamlin. Stylist: Nadia Pizzimenti, Hair & Makeup: Patrick Rahme, Model: Naro. Click here to see the full shoot in our lookbooks >

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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