c.1976 Diane Von Furstenberg Starburst Print Plunge Wrap Jumpsuit
The wrap dresses and jumpsuits by Diane Von Furstenberg have become an iconic staple and this is one of the originals. Diane moved to New York with her husband, Prince Eduard Egon Von Furstenberg in 1969. She had design aspirations and in 1970 showed her first collection. It was in 1972 that she first debuted her now-iconic 'wrap dress' for the working woman, revolutionizing American women's apparel. By 1976, she had sold 5 million wrap dresses, landed covers of Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal and was a regular within the pages of Vogue. By then she had added the jumpsuit to her line up and they were also a success. I have included one of her ads for a similar jumpsuit from that year, and also a shot of Farrah Fawcett wearing a version.
Girls bought these jumpsuits in droves and wore them to travel, dance in, and pretty much everything else. You do see Diane's dress versions of these pieces from this time period pop up more often then the jumpsuits do, but I am always on the lookout for these as well. They are harder to find but worth the hunt. This one, with its graphic starburst print in black and shades of grey is wonderful. The print is screened onto a soft stretch jersey and the design covers the jumpsuit from head to toe. It has long, lean lines and makes you look and feel supermodel tall in it. This is a play on here classic wrap dress. The top part of it is cut in the exact same line as her dresses were with a cross over bodice that plunges at the front and long lean sleeves with a flip over cuffs. Each panel of the bodice extends out to long ties, with one sliding through a hidden slit along the side seam, and then both wrap around the waist to close the top part around you and cinch in the waist. This allows you to fit it perfectly around your waist and torso. It also gives it a sexy plunge front. From there the legs are cut straight and long, gradually widening as they hit the hem. The final result is one long, lean, supermodel silhouette. Excellent condition.
The jumpsuit is unlined, slips on and then ties onto places as described above. The fabric is a soft jersey that has an almost heavy T-shirt feeling finish to it. The fabric does have some stretch. It appears to have been worn very little.Jumpsuit
Bust: to approx 18" flat across from side seam to side seam and can be adjusted
Waist: 12-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to approx 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Torso: 31" from top of shoulder to top of inseam
Length: 63" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference photos: (1-2) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. / (3) Diane Von Furstenberg Ad in Vogue US, April 1976. / (4) Farrah Fawcett in DVF, 1976.
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