john kloss

1970s John Kloss Feather Printed Nylon Maxi Dress

The interesting thing about John Kloss for Circa pieces are that they were originally intended as lingerie pieces. This makes the vast majority of piece that one finds too thin or too sheer to wear as proper dresses now. But every once in a while you find a fabulous little exceptions like this\. I love the feather print - these are the most rare and if you love this one you might also want to take a peek at the other version I have in the shop at the moment. John Kloss was a contemporary of Ossie Clark and I love how you can see that same British sense of sexiness in his pieces. This gown has a simple but sexy cut that really shows off the body once on. The front has an intricate twisting detail that creates an almost scandalous plunging front that is cut wide to show off almost the full expanse of skin across the upper bust. From there it flows to the floor in a column of bias cut nylon jersey. A slit up the front shows miles of leg. Kloss was genius at choosing extremely high quality nylons that held the color well and would drape exactly as he wished. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear. Tagged a vintage Kloss for Circa Medium but please check measurements. Edges are finished with his signature cross stitch. The fabric does have some stretch so the size range is slightly more variable then usual.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem
Front slit: 26.5" up from hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD1727

Reference Photo: Kate Jackson in John Kloss, 1976.

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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