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Rare 1970s Mary Quant Black Silk Floral Weave Maxi Dress w Peplum & Ruffled Hem

Mary Quant become famous for her mini dresses in the 1960s. You often will see references that even attribute her as inventing them, but she was a talented designer whose scope went far beyond the 1960s mini. Her clothing reflected what was happening in the British fashion movement of those days and she was still a major force into the early 1970s. This dress is most likely from the very early 1970s based on the fabric it is made out of. It is very similar to pieces I have seen from that same early time period by Ossie Clark. The London designers would have been buying from the same or similar textile shops and factories so that makes sense.

The dress is made of a black silk that has some weight to it and it holds the shape beautifully. Woven through the silk is a floral & leaf design and the threads for that part of the design have a glossier finish so that they catch the light differently. It is very pretty in the light as as you move. The cut showcases her incredible tailoring skills and ability to work the fabric while still keeping a simple line. The dress has an almost Victorian feel to it. The edges of the neckline, the straps, and down the front are all edged with a fine black lace.The bodice is squared off with wide straps that curve up and over each shoulder. It buttons down the front with big glossy black buttons. It is fitted through the body to the waist. Then there is a panel of fabric layered over the waist that wraps around you for a great peplum feel to it. From under the waist the skirt widens out as it nears the floor and is quite full by the time it gets to the hem. The entire lower part of the skirt has a ruffled tier that goes all the way around and also adds more fullness and movement. The volume the skirt has is incredible when you move and it is really a dress that comes to life on the body. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips on to wear with buttons running down the front. It has its original matching fabric tie belt that is not photoed but will be sent with the dress.

Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2832

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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