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1970s Jean Varon Floral Printed Pale Blue Grey & Red Caftan w Red Piping & Long Tassel Details

John Bates founded the Jean Varon label in 1960 and it became known for the futuristic designs that Bates created. By the late sixties and into the seventies his work tended more towards more floaty, feminine designs. Some of the very best pieces were made during this time period and his caftans and caftan dresses are some of my favourites to find.

This is one of the best caftans I have seen from this label and it is made even better because it should fit just about anyone and any shape. It is made from a silky synthetic that has just enough weight to it to help give it some shape once you slip it on. It is seamed all around the edges so it is closed down each side. The neckline is done in a wide boat cut across the top seam and there are slits along the side to slip your hands through. The entire body of the caftan is loose and easy cut inside so it's heaven to wear. An elaborate and beautiful leaf and flower design runs over the entire caftan. The backdrop is a creamy ivory colour and then the print is done in soft tones of a blueish grey. As it nears the bottom of the caftan the flowers suddenly start to turn to soft reds and the colour contrast between the two is spectacular. Everything about this piece feels pretty and romantic while still managing to feel strong and bold. The edges of the caftan are all finished in a red piping that matches the color of the print. Attached to one side of the neckline is a piped strip of fabric that has a long corded tassels laced through it and then the cord falls down to almost the hem and ends in the tassels. The exact same detailing is set on the back but on the opposite side of the neckline. When it is on the entire caftan flows around you and the tassels move as well. I love how the bottom hem is cut on a curve and slightly comes up on each side. It is really an exceptional piece. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. The ties and panels are attached. The open cut should fit a wide range of sizes. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. 

From widest point flat across edge to edge: 52"
Length: 54" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-XL OSFA

Item# DD3688

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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