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Dated 1975 La Mendola Turquoise & Blues Belted Silk Shirt Dress

When the duo behind the La Mendola label were designing in Rome, it was women like Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth that were snapping up their pieces. By 1975, the year this dress is from, they had expanded into the American market, selling mainly made-to-order through shops like Bergdorf Goodman's like this one is from. On an interior seam we see the date this one was ordered, the style number and the client name. A fascinating glimpse into its history.

The exterior layer of this dress is made from a custom printed silk voile. The fabric holds the color beautifully and is so fine and so light that the dress is almost negligible in weight if not for its lining. The design is beautifully vibrant and bright with a mix of blues and yellows. It has a simple cut with an undefined waist and a high cut neck that is finished with a over-sized pointed collar. It buttons part way down the front and you can leave it open as low as you dare. The sleeves are long and cuffed. A matching belt in the same fabric allows you to cinch in the waist to add shape. At first glance it seems in excellent condition but it does have some small flaws and has been priced accordingly. Please review the condition notes below.

Fully lined in a light blue silk except for the sleeves which are unlined. It slips on to wear with a row of hand covered silk buttons up the front of the neck. Note that the lowest button has been replaced by a button that is not a match to the others. There is a light spot on the edging between the buttons. I also see color run at the back hem and the edge of a water mark just above that. Note that you could easily shorten this to get rid of those marks although the pattern effectively hides them anyway. Please see the two photos after the label shot. Priced accordingly and very wearable as is.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3204

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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