1970s Pink Print Silk Chiffon Treacy Lowe Caftan Dress

All Treacy Lowe designs begin with the fabric - that was essential to her design process and it shows. She used the lightest, finest,  tissue silks and chiffons that you could possibly use before you have nothing in your hands at all. It means that a dress like this weighs only a few ounces and once on, feels like a wisp of wind wafting around you as you move. I love the way that one of her signature design elements - thatched embroidery -  has been made a part of the design - a band of it wraps around the upper shoulder and around the neckline adding definition and detail. This tops pretty floating sleeves that go to the elbow in a single layer of silk chiffon. The skirt flows out from under fine, evenly spaced pleating at the waist line and there are yards of silk chiffon in it that drape to the ground. It has a tie belt that I have used in the photos for extra shape but you could leave it more loose and easy as well. I love the gypsy influenced neckline with its tie and keyhole. The print is hand screened and the silk the finest Indian silk you could get at that time. Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Fully line in a tissue silk hand dyed to match the exterior. The sleeves are left unlined. Closes with a low back painted metal zipper from the waist and above that with hand placed hook & eye to the neck. Because of the easy cut it will fit a variety of sizes.

Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5-22.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from neck to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD2197

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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