la mendola

1960s Butterfly Print La Mendola Maxi

This dress is quite fabulous with it's huge butterfly print that is screened onto it form top to bottom and done in stunning shades of blue and green with pops of tangerine. The La Mendola label is highly collectible and sought after - when the duo behind the label where designing in Rome it was girls like Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth that were buying! The Italian shop closed in 1974 but they continued to supply American Shops like Bergdorf's and Montaldos. with special orders like this for a couple more years. This might even be one of the last gowns made! The base of the dress is made of a stretch jersey cut long and lean with silk chiffon sleeves and a wide silk chiffon sash that you can use it as a belt or a head scarf. The neck is high and I love that you can wear it as one sleek column or add shape with the silk tie belt. The colors are amazing and it emanates joy with that fantastic print! It's an amazing piece and in excellent condition.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulder: 15" across
Bust: to 18.5î flat across the back seam, unstretched from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15î flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18î unstretched flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from neck to hem

The hips, waist and bust have some stretch from the above measurements. Unlined and closes with a handset, back painted metal zipper. Each cuff closes with fabric covered snaps under the tightly spaced row of decorative buttons that run down each cuff. Each sleeve is made of a silk chiffon as is the matching, original sash. The body of the dress is made of a stretch fluid jersey.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (2-6)

Item# DD1033

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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