1960s Lee Bender for Bus Stop Bell Sleeve Dress
Bus Stop was a boutique label and the shop it originated from was started by Lee Bender. The first opened in 1968 and it was eventually sold to a larger chain in 1979. This dress probably dates form the late 60s - early 70s period and is a great example of her work and the British movement of that time period. It is made of a very light weight cotton that has an almost see through effect as the fabric is so fine and light. The densely printed and very pretty floral pattern takes on a soft washed feel because of it and the colors she chose all work together perfectly. The cut is sexy and yet simple. It has a fabric covered, button front that allows for a hint of skin to peek through. This is topped by a long pointed collar that is so representative of this era. The waist is set high and this tops a fuller midi skirt. The sleeves give it a final perfect pop - each is fitted to the elbow and then flare out in a dramatic bell cut that is full and wide full above the wrist for a really dramatic finish. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closes with a back zipper. The front buttons are fabric covered and all are functional. Note that the zipper lies with a slight bumpiness - it does not affect the wearability of the dress but is noted for accuracy.
Inset shoulders: 12"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from neck to waist
Skirt: 33" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: Amanda Lee Shirreffs for her weekly column on our blog, Curated. Click here to see the full column >
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