donald brooks

Spring 1970 Donald Brooks Documented Cropped Top & Pants Silk Set

This amazing and rare Donald Brooks Boutique set has the added provenance of its twin being photoed on Marisa Berenson for the May 1970 issue of Vogue. From my understanding the Boutique label was launched in 1971 and I wonder if this was an early forerunner for that label and perhaps Vogue was given the inside scoop on it. Or perhaps Brooks did some pieces for his soon-to-launch label on a small scale that year before launching the full label for the more general public. Either way it is an exceptional set with a fabulous provenance.

These cropped pant and top sets are the absolute epitome of that early seventies flower power hippie movement. The pants have an extra wide legged cut and they have a slightly cropped feel to them depending on your height. The waist on them is elastic and this allows you to wear it either higher up or low slung on the hips. The top is cropped and it is cut to be fitted to the bust. Its short length shows off a taut, tanned stomach. The front buttons with little round buttons and silk loops. Four at the bottom and one at the top with a slit opening below. There is also a little tie above the top button. The sleeves are cut wide and full above the buttoned cuffs.  I love the edging of bright flowers that adorn the waistline and hem of the skirt as well as run around the bottom, top and sides of that sexy little top. The fabric is a beautiful silk twill and I love the contrasting pattern between the top and pants. The pants are finished on a abstract stripe and the top is done in a floral and geometric feeling print. The combination of the bright turquoise, white, purple and pink is killer. Excellent condition

Both the top and skirt are lined in a bright matching turquoise silk. The top closes with a series of buttons at the front and the pants have elastic at the waist

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Under bust at seam: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 12" from shoulder to hem

Elastic waist: will stretch from 11"-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 37.5" from waist to hem with 3.5" turned under the hem
Inseam: 23.5"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3421

Reference Photo: Marisa Berenson, in Donald Brooks, by Irving Penn for Vogue, May 1970.

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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