zandra rhodes

1980s Zandra Rhodes Hand Painted Shell & Floral Green Silk Caftan Dress

Zandra Rhoes launched her label in 1969 and built her career on using organic shapes and inspirations taken from nature and then transferring that creativity to the fabric with her own hand painted designs. Her pieces are held in museums world wide and have been worn by just about everyone over the course of her career. She has had her work included in many exhibits and her pieces are highly collectible.

This caftan dress is entirely hand painted. It is a beautiful combination of a deep green mixed with lighter more vibrant greens. The silk is feather light and you can actually feel the green, blue and gold paint that has been applied to the top of the fabric. The dress is a classic caftan shape and as a result the cut is very loose and full as it drapes over the body. Only the outermost seams are sewn closed, with slits left open for your arms to slip through. At the neck, piping defines the opening and it curves down a touch and ties above that. The hem is cut on a curve and is finished in a way that gives it a slight ruffled feel. The silk is unlined so the entire thing has a touch of transparency to it, allowing you to wear it over just about anything your imagination can come up with. The print is entirely done by hand and combines her classic shell design with flowers and organic shapes that cover all of the silk on both the front and back. It is a true work of art and very special. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips on to wear. It open caftan cut will fit a full range of sizes. Hand finished throughout and entirely hand painted.

52" across at the widest point
52" from the shoulder to the longest point of hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA

Item# DD3413

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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