la mendola

1970s La Mendola Long Silk Jersey Print Dress

The La Mendola label is highly collectible and sought after - when the duo behind the label where designing in Rome it was girls like Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth that were buying and wait listing for it. The Italian shop closed in 1974 and this would have been from that shop. The silk jersey used is so fine and so light that it feel utterly amazing on and works even in warm climates because the fabric really breathes. The design is beautifully vibrant and bright with its mix of greens and pinks and pops of tangerine, and the dress exquisite. The entire dress weighs ounces and will fold into the tiniest of balls - exactly what a jet set girl of that time would have been after! It has a simple cut with an undefined waist, high neck and long sleeves. This one has a tie belt as well so you can cinch it in. I love how it covers the body completely but the fabric drapes and clings to every curve so it is still insanely sexy. The high neckline and that row of tightly spaced, tiny, hand covered silk buttons up the back of the neck are the final delicious touch. It is an amazing piece. Excellent condition and appears unworn.

Unlined and slips on to wear with a row of hand covered silk buttons up the back of the neck. The bias cut and design of the dress will allow it to work on a variety of sizes.

Sleeves: 19.5"
Shoulders: 16.5"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD2293

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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