1970s Rare Silk & Suede Jean Muir Dress
This dress is stunning! It is an early piece from Jean Muir and incorporates her love of using suede within her designs - you often see this in her earlier pieces. It is also extra special as a version of it was featured in an issue of British Vogue! The fabric is an amazing feather light silk chiffon upon which tiny bits of fringed fabric and silver lame thread are applied. The effect is quite fantastic and gives it a nice dimension. The fabric would have been custom made and created! The skirt is very full - there is actually quite a bit of material there and it is lined in a tissue silk. The bodice is loose and easy to fit. The sleeves are full with a 7.5" cuff that is detailed with a row of clear buttons. The highlight is of course the amazing suede banding at the waist and circling the collar. I love how the collar is scalloped and both the suede details top-stitched! It is fantastic and one of the best Muir's I have had. Before she hit her minimalist stride as a designer she did go through a bit of a chic hippie period and this bohemian showcases her earlier foray and experimentation with fabrics proves it! Excellent condition.
Shoulders: 14" flat across from seam to seam
Sleeves: 23" from shoulder seam to longest point
Bust: to 18" flat across the back the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from shoulder seam to bottom of the suede band
Skirt length: 29" from bottom of the suede band to hem
The bodice of the dress is unlined while the skirt is fully lined in a chocolate tissue silk. It closes with clear buttons at the top of the neck and at the small of the back. There are no closures in-between the top and waist buttons so if you hit the right angle you see a glimpse of skin! It is freshly cleaned and it came out wonderfully. There is a very slight variation in the color of the suede but it is a combination of the nature of the suede, natural patina and way the pile of the suede lies. I do not consider this a flaw.
Modern Sizing equivalent: MED
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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