1971 Thea Porter Brocaded Cotton Gauze & Lace Flounce Dress
The label on this Thea Porter dress narrows down the dating process for us as it was only produced between October 1971-March 1972. To verify the exact date, I asked Laura McLaws Helms, the author of the book "Thea Porter, Bohemian Chic" and she verified for me that it was indeed from the 1971 collection. It is a beautiful example of Thea's work with a black cotton gauze brocade that has red and black diamond medallions scattered over its surface. The fabric has a touch of sheerness to it and it is unlined through those incredible sleeves to take full advantage of that. The front dips down in a V and the bodice is fitted over the bust. The waistline sits a touch high for a slight empire waist feel. The skirt flows down and out from there and I love the wide set flat pleats that give it fullness when you move. Each sleeve is cut with a wonderful fullness that widens to a pouf balloon shape over its elastic cuffs. The sleeves really add a sense of drama to the dress. Running over the fabric are wide cut lace panels. These are set to circle around each sleeve and around the bottom portion of the skirting. A pretty bit of lace trims the neckline for the perfect finishing touch. I personally own the twin of this dress in brown and it is a favorite. of mine. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each sleeve has elastic in the cuff. Tagged UK vintage 14 but it cut small. Please go by the measurements below.
Inset shoulders: 12.5" with the natural shoulder falling under the fabric of the top of the sleeve
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips:to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
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