thea porter

Beautiful & Rare 1970s Thea Porter Balloon Sleeve Grey Toned Printed Top w Pointed Collar

Thea Porter combined exoticism, embellished ornamentation and luxurious fabrics in her pieces and her work was a phenomenon during her day. Elizabeth Taylor was a huge fan and collector and I think every rock star on the planet wore her designs. I have had tucked away in my archives for quite some time. This is it gorgeous little top with the most magnificent full balloon sleeves. It is rare to find tops by her as there were often worn to death as she made more dresses and caftans then separates. This top is just spectacular.

This is everything you look for in a piece by Thea. It has one of her custom designed prints screened onto a matte satin finish fabric that has a touch of weight to it. Just enough to hold a bit of the shape but without losing the drape. The entire top has been printed with a gorgeous abstract design in shades of grey and soft taupes on an ivory backdrop. The neckline is set in a V and the collar is exaggerated and pointed. The fabric has been gathered into the shoulders so the sleeves are even fuller, It also beautifully highlights the top of the sleeve but in the softest possible way. From the neckline it cascades and skims loosely over the body to the hem. It is cut to simply float over the body. When you wear it tucked into something it has gorgeous volume as it puffs above the waist. The sleeves are fantastic. Each is an incredibly full balloon sleeve that poufs out dramatically above the cuff. The movement and drama this creates is extraordinary. This is a top that you slip on and feel completely comfortable when wearing it and yet it has as much drama and impact as you could ask for. It is a stunning example of her work and beautifully made. I love it. Great overall condition with a small note below.

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. Each cuff buttons to close with two buttons. The fabric has a soft faded feel but it is even all over so I think this was intentional. I see a small repair to the based the V at the front and a couple of tiny areas where the fabric has thinned. One on the sleeve and then a tiny area near each seam under the arm and an area near the front hem. The front and ones near the arms have been repaired at some point with invisible mending tape placed on the back side of the fabric to make them secure and stable. Please see the photos after the label shot 

Sleeves: 27"
Shoulders: no true shoulder seams
Bust: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam and narrows to 21"
Length: 26" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4543

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