1970s Malama Hawaii Bright Red Floral Jersey Black Dress

I have a secret love for these synthetic dresses from the 1970s. This fabric held colors fabulously and they travel exceptionally well. Dresses like this that are made from it are wash and wear and they have the added bonus of being virtually wrinkle free. Its the easiest possible dress to throw into a suitcase and be able to wear instantly at the other end of your journey.  This dress is not a super expensive one,  but has loads of style and impact. It was made by the Malama Hawaii label that was based out of Honolulu. It is sleeveless and and is a good wearable size. It is actually a little large on me but falls well so can be worn by a smaller frame still. It has a neat little collar and a notched neckline. The shoulders have a little capped effect to them and come out from a curved yoke that warps around the upper part of the dress.  It starts to gradually widen under thee bust and through the waist and then continues to widen out as it nears the hem. The slightly thicker fabric gives it shape. The print is the best part. The base fabric is jet black and a vivid floral pattern in white and red densely covers the bottom half of the dress with a scattering of the flowers trailing up the top. Excellent condition

Unlined and closes with a back painted metal and nylon zipper. It is meant to fit very loose and easy through the body.

Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 55.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-XL

Item# DD2978

Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.

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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