1970s Ossie Clark for Radley Tiered Silk Damask Halter Dress
Made during the Ossie Clark designed era at the Radley company, this wonderful silk jersey halter dress is a find. You can see the work of the Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell team in the cut of this dress and fabric choice. It is made of a heavy black silk damask that has a floral & leaf design in a glossier tone worked directly into the fabric. The cut is classic early seventies and showcases his incredible tailoring. It has an almost Victorian feel to it with its full length tiered skirt. The neckline is a barely there triangle halter that just covers the breasts. Ties extend and curve around the back of the neck and then cross over each other and slide through loops on either side of the back. This leaves the back otherwise bare and adds a sexy touch. Under the triangles of the bust is a wide, fitted band that defines the waist. From there the skirt billows out and drops into tiers. Each tier uses more fabric so by the last layer you have quite a bit of fullness. The fabric really reacts nicely to the light and the volume is the skirt is incredible when you move. Excellent condition
Unlined and zippers to close at the low back . The ties go over the shoulder, through the loops at each side and ties at the back. Tagged a vintage UK 12 with a 34" bust noted on the label. Note that it just fit on a size 2 dress form so suitable for a 0-2Bust: room for up to a 34" bust
Under bust" 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS
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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