1960s Bessi Vivid Tropical Colors Printed Silk Twill Dress w Belt

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 designed them himself. In terms of style, construction and quality his dresses were often on par with Pucci and Leonard, especially the ones from the late sixties to mid seventies.

This one is made out of a fine silk twill which holds color beautifully and is why we are seeing such vivid colors even after all of these years. The colors are almost neon and no matter how much you love the photos, in person the colors are even better. They combine a bright acid yellow/green with hot pink, coral and purple in an abstract print that runs over the entire dress. It is sleeveless and at the front the dress falls from the shoulders in a loose and easy column. At the back, there is a yoke across the top of the shoulders and the fabric is set into that edge of the yoke in a series of pleats. This gives the back extra fullness. The skirt will stop at about a midi length on most girls give or take depending if you wear it belted or not. If belted it transforms into a pretty little summer piece and if worn without the belt is has an almost avant garde feel to it. This dress is wonderful. Excellent condition with a small note to review below

Fully lined in an soft tangerine silk. It slips on tot wear and closes along one shoulder with a series of hook and eye. Hand finishes throughout. The fabric is also signed throughout. There is a little bit of rust staining near the hook and eyes that you don't see once it is hooked closed. I see a touch of color run on one side but because of the print you would never notice this once on. A tiny spot on the front and minor thinning of the fabric along the seam under one arm. Please review the four shots after the label photo. The loose cut should allow it to fit a range f sizes

Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: open
Length: 52" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LTG

Item# DD3438

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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