1960s Sleeved Purple Silk & Gold Thread Caftan
This amazing 1960s silk caftan has no designer label but easily could have as it is well done. The workmanship is very fine and the quality high. It has a inner jersey dress identifying it as being made in the late 60s, early seventies but the exterior silk actually feel older and could well be. The cut has that draped, goddess, flowing feel to it that is so easy to wear and looks so amazing when on. The inner dress is a stretch jersey so gives it a bit of inner structure and over this is a floating caftan of a spectacular purple silk shot through with a metallic patter that gets heavier as it nears the lower half. Broad panels of woven metallic thread ring the hem and each sleeve. It does have sleeves and each narrows into a long cuff with an elaborate and tightly spaced row of buttons. I love the effect and contrast that this creates between the billowing silk through the body and the fitted cuffs. An amazing find with a real antique and exotic feel. Excellent condition
This has a inner dress made of a purple stretch jersey whose measurements are given below - if you needed more room it would be possible to easily remove this inner dress and have it entirely loose and unfitted (it is only attached at the neck and around the collar) and just wear the outer silk layer. I have put it in the one size fits all option but please note that it does at present have the inner dress attached. It slips over the head to wear. There is some "stretching" to the silk at the back as photoed. It is how it was when I acquired it so not sure if its a natural flaw of the silk. It presents fine and is infinitely wearable as is - priced accordingly. Braided buttons and loops on each cuff. A true purple in person though it has photoed more of a blue tone.
Width: 56" from sleeve to sleeve
Length: 54.5" from neck to hem
Inner stretch jersey dress
Bust: 22-26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Modern Sizing Equivalent: One Size Fits All
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, for her weekly style 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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