lillie rubin

1970s Lillie Rubin Tie Dye Silk Dress w Low Back and Halter Front

The Lillie Rubin label was actually a chain of boutiques that sold mainly evening wear and carried other labels as well. Pieces often had both the Lillie Rubin shop label and the designer label. This dress has only its Lillie Rubin label but I have always wondered if it was perhaps a Halston. I have never been able to verify that. If it is not I think it was definitely inspired by the tie dye work that Halston was doing during this time period. I added a reference photo of a verified Halston tie dye caftan that was done in a similar color way to this dress. If this dress could be verified as one of his pieces then this is extremely good value for the person who buys it.

This dress is gorgeous. It is made out a light silk crepe that has been tie dyed for the prettiest effect. At the front two wide triangle panels are set into the low waist so that the cross over for coverage at the front and then tie behind the neck with skinny little silk straps. This leaves the back almost completely bare and it plunges right to the waist seam. The skirt flows to the floor under that in a double layer of the same silk. The waist is dropped and has elastic through it for an easy fit. It comes with a cleverly cut looped shawl piece that you can slip your arms though and it is sort of like a soft, loose half jacket. You could style this a number of ways. It is very pretty and an amazing set. Excellent condition

The bodice is unlined and slightly transparent, the skirt is a double layer of the fabric. It slips on the wear with elastic though the waist that is loose and easy set. The shawl has no closures, will fit any size and slip on

Bust: approx 17" across the front with open sides
Waist: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: approx 19" from neck to dropped elastic waist
Skirt: 42" from dropped waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3310

Reference Photo: Halston Caftan.

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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