zandra rhodes

1973 Zandra Rhodes Dramatic Printed Pleat Set

What a dramatic set! Originally meant as a lingerie this has become one of Zandra's signature pieces and I have seen girls wear this out as a full on evening ensemble. It is two separate pieces made of a fine synthetic silk that is hand washable and comprised of an in inner dress and a floor length, dramatic pleated piece that just screams Zandra Rhodes! I have had this set in two different solid colors but this is the first one with a printed inner dress as well as the exterior piece being printed that one I have seen. Zandra is renowned for her use of design and pattern and this piece really allows her absolute genius for cut to shine through on its own. The cut of the outer jacket is astounding - tight knife pleats on bias cut fabric that are sculpted to form that incredible back and draped shoulder. An extravagant ruffle runs down the front and it ties just under that ruffle so the line is not broken. The under dress ion this one is fuller and has an almost caftan feel to it with a tie at the waist and deceptively full cut and ribbons to suspend it from the shoulders. The entire bottom half of the skirt is printed. Very versatile set. Excellent condition

Both pieces are unlined. The dress slips over the head with a tie through the waist, the jacket ties at the front. There are some small white marks on the dress near the shoulder - they get lost in the draping once on.

Inner Dress
Bust: open
Waist: to 21”+ from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Total length: 60” from shoulder to bottom hem

Over Piece
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: no true defined seam
Waist: variable
Hips: open
Total length: 58” from shoulder to bottom hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-XL and the outer piece will fit just about any size

Reference: Over 21 Magazine, 1973 

Item# DD1879

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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