1960s Richard Tam Jon Mandl Unusual Brocade Print Dress
This fabulous dress is from Richard Tam, a San Fransisco based designer who ran his own West Coast couture house for seven years, making clothing in luxurious crepes, silks and chiffon for women like Ethel Kennedy, Dinah Shore, Polly Bergen and Lena Horne. His first collection was for Spring 1965. Pieces from him are held in the San Fransisco Fine Arts Museum and while he did not design long, his pieces had a real flare to them. This dress for example would have been a collaboration with Jon Mandl for the print. The print has an almost Egyptian feel to it with its bands of scenes that depict the daily life of some long ago village. This is all beautifully woven through a silk brocade and I love the unusual color combination of a purple mixed with an orange. The dress is sleeveless with a notched neckline. The fullness of the skirt is created with a series of wide, flat inverted pleats that run aound the waist. These are closed and angled to create the seams and fit of the bodice and then open out to create the fullness of the skirt. Excellent condition
The top is lined in a cotton gazaar and the skirt is unlined. It closes with a back, hand set painted metal and nylon zipper. Hand finishes.
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from neck 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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