victor costa

Prettiest 1970s Victor Costa Off Shoulder Floral Print Chiffon Caftan Dress

Victor Costa launched his label in 1974 and was known for producing versions of what was seen on the Paris runways. Costa chose good fabrics for his designs and even though his work was often very close interpretations of other designs he did add his own unique twist when it came to colours, cut and fabrics. Some of his work is quite lovely and this dress is a great one.

I love the pretty floral print of this dress mixed with the stark white. The colours popping off of that white backdrop are just stunning. It is constructed from a beautiful light weight chiffon that has a touch of transparency to it. To counteract the effect of the transparency there is an inner layer of white so that it is opaque enough to wear. The entire dress is cut to be as comfortable to wear as possible. The neckline is finished with a white piping to highlight its edge. You can wear it high on the shoulders or down and completely off the shoulders and I have shown both ways here. I love the versatility that gives you. The sleeves are unlined so that they are very light. They are cut to be full and wide and billow out to a balloon finish above the cuffs. The dress skims over your bust and then opens up to be full over the waist and hips. The skirt flows to the floor and widens out in tiers to the hem. I love the mix of colors used on the dress. That pretty floral print runs in bands down the dress is bright pops of colour against the white. The dress has a fantastic romantic and light feel to it and the bareness of the shoulders gives it a bit of a sexy touch. Excellent condition.

The body of the dress is fully lined in a white lingerie weight jersey and the sleeves are unlined. It closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each cuff has elastic. It would be easy to add to the inner lining. The top edge seam has no give so that measurement is firm unless altered.

Sleeves: 25"
Shoulders: no true defined seam
Seam at the top of the bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips at inner lining: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 59" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4044

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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