1970s Holly's Harp Silk Ribbon Chiffon Taupe & Black Print Dress
Holly Harp opened a shop LA in the late 1960s and created custom clothing under the Holly's Harp label. She tended to create her clothing out of a hodge-podge of new and old materials. In the beginning she favored things like feathers and fringe but her aesthetic became more 'grown up' and glamorous as her career progressed. She was an avid thrifter and you can see the influence of earlier decades in her work.
I love the fabric choice for this dress. It is a feather light semi-transparent silk chiffon that has a ribbon effect running through it that gives it an added degree of texture. The print is an abstract black and taupe and this covers the entire dress. The lines of the dress are loose and easy. The fabric has been laid out on the bias and the waist is elastic. This means that you can just slip it on and go. The neckline is cut very low with a simple tie running across the top to keep it in place. Each sleeve is wide and has lots of volume above its cuffs. The waist adjusts to fit due to the elastic and it you wanted to you could cinch it in even more with a belt. Below that the skirt flows out in a pretty and soft cascade of fabric. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on to wear with elastic at the waist. A snap at each cuff. It has attached ties at the neck.
Sleeves: approx 25"
Shoulders: no true seam
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 32" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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