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Museum Held 1960s Beene Bazaar Patchwork Dress

We spotted the twin of this dress in the twitter feed of Lacy Schutz showing the dress from the archives of The Museum of the City of New York (see that here). From his very first label, this dress has a certain air of youth and experimentation  then did his later work. It is made out of a heavy cotton and there is literally yards of fabric in the dress. The fabric is printed with a colourful, vibrant patchwork design and this contrasts perfectly with the more formal cut of the dress. It buttons down the front with a series of multi colored buttons and has darling little cap sleeves. The waist nips in and the skirt flows to the floor in a cascade of fabric that has tremendous volume. The sheer yardage of the skirt causes this dress to feel heavy when it is off the body but once on, the weight balances perfectly and it does not feel cumbersome to wear. This dress feels completely fresh and modern now in light of what is happening on the cirrent runways, despite being almost 50 years old. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a white silk and closes with buttons to the waist and handset, fabric covered snaps and hook & eye under that. I believe the top button has been replaced but cant be certain as it may have intentionally been different. Some minor discoloration to the inner lining of the skirt that cannot be seen when on nor does it go through the the exterior fabric. Mentioned for accuracy only. Note that it really is a touch too small on my mannequin - on the proper sized girl it will close properly at the front waist with no pulling. Hand finished, pockets on either hip

Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 16.5-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 39" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS

Item# DD2310

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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