1960s Beautiful & Pristine Grapevine Printed Silk Bessi Dress

The better Bessi pieces are right up there with Emilio Pucci and Leonard in terms of style, construction and quality and this particular dress is just fabulous and feels like it is straight off the rack as it is in such amazing condition. A soft lemon serves as the base color with grapes and flowers trailing up the dress and over the bodice, spilling onto each sleeve. This would most likely be a custom design done by the house of Bessi specifically for this pattern of dress as the design falls perfectly into the panels of fabric. The choice of the silk is the reason why the colors are still crisp and bright even after all these years. The cut is beautiful and long with wide cut sleeves that really show off the print. The skirt flows to the floor and widens softly as it reached the hem. I love the softly scooped neckline and that gorgeous print. A contrasting border defines the neck and cuffs, gives the waist definition and acts as a design element down the center front of the skirt. A real beauty and an amazing color combination. Excellent condition

Fully lined and closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. The fabric is signed throughout.

Shoulders: 15.25"
Bust: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD1236

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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