Rare c1968 Pucci Turquoise Print Towelling Velvet Split Side Caftan Dress
The Pucci beach caftan is one of those iconic vintage items that is synonymous with the 1960s and that carefree, jet set life that Emilio Pucci and his clients often lived. Variations of this example were heavily featured in the display at the Fondazione Emilio Pucci, Palaxxo Pucci, in Florence. There, they were displayed and encased under glass so that you could see then from every angle and each felt like a sculpture. They are very rare and hard to find as most were worn them extensively and most did not survive intact and in great condition. This example is in wonderful condition and the colors are still bright and true.
The piece is made of a terry cloth, toweling velvet and is a stunning example of this classic piece of Pucci's work during this time period. It has no sleeves and is meant to be worn layered over something else, whether that be a bikini, shorts, another dress or a skirt. The possibilities are endless.It has a geometric print in a gorgeous ocean theme that combines green, purple, a turquoise aqua, black and white. It completely unzips and opens at the side along one seam that I have photoed. This makes it extremely versatile and allows it to slip over just about anything or be worn as a stand alone. The front neckline sits on a V and the sides are open right to the waist. The print is vivid and bright and it one of his signature designs. The fabric is also signed throughout. These are hard to come by and a fantastic collector piece. Excellent condition with one small note to review below.
The body of the dress is unlined but it does have a fine cotton muslin interior border in a aqua blue hand stitched in place around all the edges. It closes with a hand placed metal zipper at the side that completely opens the dress. There is also a row of fabric covered, hand places snaps along the seam of one shoulder. Hand finished throughout. In person the color is more true and vibrant than how it photoed. There are two tiny smudges, one that you can see near the shoulder on the 8th photo and one on the back low hip that I photoed and it is shown in the final shot after the label photo. Both are extremely minor.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Fondazione Emilio Pucci, Palaxxo Pucci, Florence. A display featuring terrycloth and cotton velvet capes in display cases in the Sala delle Muse. Photo: Santi Caleca/Emilio Pucci Archive, Florence. / (2) Photo by Henry Clarke, 1968.
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