john kloss

Documented 1976 John Kloss Feather Printed Front Cut Out Nylon Jersey Dress

The twin of this one was photoed  for the Bloomingdales lingerie catalogue in 1976 by Guy Bourdin giving it the most amazing provenance.  Kloss was a contemporary of Ossie Clark and his pieces often have that same British sense of sexiness during this time period.

This is one of my favourite John Kloss pieces I have ever had in the shop. John Kloss for Circa pieces were originally intended to be worn as lingerie. Most of the ones that you find are too thin or too sheer to wear as proper dresses now. But every once in a while you find a fabulous little exception like this. The cut of this one is simple but very sexy. The front has a twisted halter detail with an open cut out. It flows down from there in a column of bias cut nylon jersey. A very high slit runs up the front to show a ton of leg. Kloss was genius at choosing extremely high quality nylons that held the colour well and would drape exactly as he wished. He worked mainly in solid colours but this feather print was an exception and became a signature. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear. Tagged a Medium. At some point the tag was cut and has been stitched back together. Edges are finished with his signature cross stitch. The fabric does have some stretch so should fit a range of sizes

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Under Bust: 14-16"
Natural Waist: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 53" from strap to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD2455

Reference: Image from Bloomingdales lingerie catalogue, 1976, shot by Guy Bourdin.

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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