jean varon

Spectacular 1970s Jean Varon Crane Print Jersey Caftan Dress w Hand Crocheted Collar

John Bates founded the Jean Varon label in 1960 and it quickly became known for the futuristic designs and innovative use of fabrics. He dressed Dianna Rigg portraying Emma Peel in the 1965 season of the action TV series "The Avengers" and that helped bring him more commercial success. By the late sixties and into the seventies his work tended more towards more floaty, feminine designs. Some of the very best pieces were made during this time period. His caftans in particular are fabulous and they are some of my favourites to find. This one with its dramatic cut and print is one of the best I have ever seen

This is one of the best caftans I have seen from this label and because of the voluminous and open cut it should fit just about anyone and any shape. It is made from a wash and wear jersey that has just enough weight to it to help hold the lines and make it drape correctly once you slip it on. It is seamed all around the edges so it is closed down each side. The neckline is cut into a wide squared off opening across the shoulders. It dips down and has an edging of crochet work that you can see a glimpse of skin through. At the center of the front there are attached ties that curve up to tie behind the neck. You can also wear it off the shoulder and let the sides drop depending on how wide across the shoulder you are. This gives it another look again and is really fabulous. There are slits along the side to slip your hands through and then the entire body of the caftan is a simple loose and open cut. The best part is that elaborate and beautiful crane and ocean design that runs over the entire surface of caftan. The backdrop is a pale blueish grey colour and then the print is done in soft tones on top of that. As it nears the bottom of the caftan it turns to a solid black with cranes flying over the surface and the contrast between the two is spectacular. When it is on this anchoring black at the bottom also helps to add to the drama and floating feeling the caftan has. Everything about this piece feels pretty and romantic while still managing to feel strong and bold. When it is on the entire caftan flows around you. It is really an exceptional piece. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. Ties at the neck. The open cut should fit a wide range of sizes. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. 

From widest point flat across edge to edge: 55"
Length: 61" from shoulder to hem and the outer edges hang a bit lower when its on

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-XL OSFA

Item# DD4137

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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