1980s Zandra Rhodes Rich Jewel Tone Cut Velvet Devore Caftan Dress
Zandra Rhodes is one of my favorite designers and it is always a treat to have one of her pieces for you. This is an incredible cut velvet fabric that she has had custom made with one of her own proprietary designs. It gives it that incredible Zandra Rhode touch while hearkening back to the decadence of the twenties in feel.
This is a very wearable, gorgeous piece that can go for a fancier day piece to full on evening wear. The fabric is unusual for her but still showcased one of her signature designs within its patterns. It is done in a rich deep jewel burgundy red and a black chiffon base. The chiffon parts are partially transparent but it is backed in a black fabric so that you get depth but without the dress being see-through. Onto that is the pattern in a fluid devore cut velvet. It is incredible sensual and feels wonderful when on the body. It is cut to skim over the body with a loose and easy waist. It gently widens out as it nears the hem and this makes it very easy to wear. The bodice has just a touch of detailing across the front with a small detailing of hand applied sequin paillettes and beads. The sleeves are unlined and are cut wide and full to just about the elbow, they are open along the inner seam and slightly overlay there so that when you move they have incredible movement Each is finished with the same bead and sequin detail all around the edge. I love the silk finish around the wide cut neckline. It is the perfect finishing detail. The dress appears to have never been worn, or worn very little. Excellent condition
The dress is fully lined in a black silky rayon and it closes with a back zipper. The bead and sequin work detailing are hand applied. This came from the estate of a very good Rhodes client and may have been a custom order. It looks to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: to 19" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Length: 53.5" from shoulder to longest points on the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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