jean varon

Magical 1970s Jean Varon Palest Silver Grey Chiffon Dress w Amgel Sleeves & Sequins

John Bates founded the Jean Varon label in 1960 and it quickly became known for the futuristic designs and innovative use of fabrics. He dressed Dianna Rigg portraying Emma Peel in the 1965 season of the action TV series 'The Avengers' and that helped bring him even more commercial success. This is one of the most stunning dresses I have ever had from his work. As pretty as it looks in the photos it is even better in person. It is absolutely dreamy

This dress has this effortlessly and magical sense of airiness. The chiffon is feather light and the colour in person is paler then it photoed.  In person it feels more ethereal then how it looks on camera and the stills don't capture the movement that this dress has once it is on the body. The dress it's an inner built-in jersey lining that acts as an under dress. Then the chiffon is layered over that. Having the two layered on top of each other creates a beautiful sense of depth. The bodice is cut to skim over you. The waist is seamed and you could easily add a belt or a ribbon if you wanted to add even more shape. The skirt flows out from there and it has a tremendous amount of fabric in it. Having that light chiffon layer on the top allows it to move beautifully and seem to float around you when you move. The bodice is detailed with a panel that's attached wide across the neck line and then drops in a V down the front, extending past the waistline. This is then detailed with silver and ivory sequins to form a beautiful floral detailing. Each sleeve picks up on that panel and they drop from the shoulder into long flowing panel that also end in a point. Each has a tie to slip your arm through and the fall below that They move with your slightest movement and are quite beautiful. Both sides of each slave are finished in that same silver and Ivory sequin detailing with the flowers created trailing all the way up the length of each sleeve. The effect of the sequins on the pale pale gray chiffon is stunning. The back dips into a V for the final perfect touch. It is incredibly beautiful and it would make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any event. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a silver tone stretch nylon jersey. The sleeves are left unlined. It closes with a painted metal and nylon zipper at the back. Ties at each arm.

Sleeves: approx 18" to where they tie and then they drop to 34" to the longest points
Shoulders: no true defined seam
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 47" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4135

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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