1960s Bessi Pastel Grey Pink & Turquoise Silk Jersey Print Dress w Wide Cut Sleeves
The Bessi company was launched in 1950 but it was not until 1968 that it started producing the printed pieces that the label is now associated with. Like Pucci he signed all his prints and created them himself. In terms of style, construction and quality, Bessi dresses were often on par with Pucci and Leonard, especially the ones from the late sixties to mid seventies. This one is just lovely
This dress is made from a fine silk jersey and the colour combination is a little unusual as it is not the typical super bright prints that you more often see with Bessi. The main colour of the jersey is finished in several tones of soft greys. Worked into the print are little pops of ivory mixed with a pale turquoise and a pastel pink. The floral and leaf design covers the entire surface of the dress. A contrasting border defines the cut of the dress and runs around the loose cut waist, up the back, and then circles the collar, cuffs and hem. The sleeves are cut very wide and full. This really allows the print to be shown to the maximum advantage and also gives the dress a beautiful soft feel. That same border was added to each sleeve and runs down the outside to meet the border that circles around each cuff. The bodice is cut to skim over the bust with a high neckline. The collar is finished with a slight pleat detailing that gives it just a touch of volume. The waist is cut loose and easy and the skirt falls and widens out as it nears the hem. Depending on how tall you are the skirt will be more of a long midi or feel more full length. It is really quite beautiful and even better in person. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. Hand finishes throughout. The fabric is also signed throughout. Very well made and it looks to have been worn very little if at all
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 36.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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