c.1971 John Kloss Deep Front Plunge Black Jersey Lingerie Dress
This is one of my favorite John Kloss pieces I have ever had on the shop. I have actually worn this one a few times over the years and have never not gotten a zillion compliments. The vast majority of John Kloss pieces that one finds are usually too thin or too sheer to wear as proper dress, but every once in a while you find a fabulous little exceptions like this one. John Kloss was a contemporary of Ossie Clark and I love how you can see that same British sense of sexiness in his pieces. This dress has a simple but sexy cut that really shows off the body once on. The bodice has an almost scandalous plunging front that goes right to the waist and is cut wide across the chest. Little cap sleeves sit just on top of your shoulders and the edges are all hand rolled. At the point where the waist and the bodice join are two long panels of fabric that hang down the front. I just let them hang but you could wrap and tie them too. Either way they add a beautiful detail. At the back it is cut with a wide scooped back and then falls into a sleek sheath under that. Kloss was genius at choosing extremely high quality, light weight jerseys ad nylons that held the color well and would drape exactly as he wished. Excellent condition with one small note below.
Unlined and slips on to wear. Tagged a vintage Kloss for Circa medium but please check measurements. The fabric does have some stretch so it should fit a range of sizes. There is one small pull in the jersey under one arm towards the front. This one is completely wearable as a dress.
Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
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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