malcolm starr

1960s Malcolm Starr Bright Cherry Pink Floral Batik Print Dress w Hand Beaded Belt

This beautiful and happy feeling dress is one of my favorites from the pieces of Malcolm Starr that I have had in the shop. It was designed by Elinor Simmons, who was a young designer that Malcolm brought in to the company to design a higher end line for him in 1965. She eventually left in 1972 which giving us a window within to date the dress. Everything about this dress suggest the late 1960s or early 1970s.

The print on this dress is a wonderful mix of cherry red pinks mixed with mustards and a deep purple. The pretty Batik feeling print was then screened onto a crisp cotton. I love the mix of colours and the happy cheery feel that it gives the dress. You can also see how extremely well thought out and planned as evidenced by how closely the pattern matches at the seams. To accomplish this it would have had to have been all pre-planned out prior to cutting that fabric so that the print would exactly follow the cut and lines of the dress. This is a technique that is not as common to see anymore in modern ready-to-wear since it uses extra fabric and adds to the production cost. The dress is beautifully cut. The front bodice is cut to skim over the bust and the fabric crosses over itself to create a deep V. The sleeves are long and slim. I love how the print is laid out so that it creates a border around the neckline. This then runs down the centre of the skirt and curves around the bottom hem. The skirt flows out from the waist and it is quite full. The fabric choice helps it to keep its angled shape that you see as it widens out at the hem. The front of the skirt is slit up the centre to the top of the legs. It was most likely meant to be worn over a pant or shorts. If you preferred it closed it would be easy to add a series of hooks or just close the seam. It comes with its original matching fabric belt that has been densely covered in hand applied beads. These add a little touch of glitz and glamour to the dress and it cinches in the waist for added shape. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition with one note below.

Unlined and closes with a back metal zipper. The belt closes with hook and eye that could be adjusted or moved to get the perfect fit. There are a couple of beads missing near the hooks at the back of the belt. Please see the photo after the label shot.  

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 14" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 34" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3697

Reference Photos: Amanda Lee Shirreffs for her weekly column on our blog, Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >

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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