adele simpson

Prettiest 1970s Adele Simpson Deep Blue Chiffon Dress w Green Ruffle Front Halter Dress

I love Adele Simpson's work. She favored quality and longevity over trends and her pieces were well made ready-to-wear at prices that were attainable for the modern woman. She launched her label in 1949 and remained at its helm until the early 1980s. She was a wonderful designer and I love her work.

This Adele Simpson dress is from the late 1970s, early 1980s and it is a stunner. The dress is made from two layers of a royal blue chiffon that has a third layer in a bright green worked into it at the front. This pretty panel of contrasting green runs down the full front of the dress to create a gorgeous ruffled effect. Above the ruffle the bust gathered towards the centre. The top is set on a curve and from there two tiny straps in the same chiffon that curve up and circle around the neck. This simple little touch gives it a beautiful soft and sexy feel. I also love that you could choose to tuck those straps in and wear it as a strapless dress to get a slightly different feel and to be able to work with different accessories. Under the bust is that gorgeous panel that is gathered towards the centre to fall in a scarf-like effect right to the hem. That unexpected pop of green is fabulous and it also creates a lovely movement when you move. Excellent condition.

The inside synthetic chiffon layer acts as the lining with the other two layers float over that as described above. The bodice is lightly boned through the sides and has additional layers built in so you can go bare underneath. It closes with a back metal zipper. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. 

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam right under bust: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from neck to middle seam and the cups are approx 6" high
Skirt: 47" from middle seam under bust to longest point of the hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3898

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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