teal traina

Vogue Documented 1970 Teal Traina Plunge Front Dress

The twin of this dress was worn by Lauren Hutton for Vogue in 1970 which gives us the exact date for this lovely dress. Hutton wore her version belted and without the little chains that keep the plunge into place. Without the belt and with the chains kept in place the dress has a sweeter, more feminine feel. It is wonderful that you can change it to be worn for either. The dress is made from a light silk gauze that is almost weightless and beautifully holds that brilliant color. The print that covers the dress is wonderful and I love the combination of pink with the muted yellows and pale lavender that runs through the print. It is fitted through the bodice and the sleeves are long with just a suggestion of fullness above their cuffs. The skirt is quite full with the waist set slightly higher then the natural waist would be - not quite an empire. The fabric is gathered into the waist with a series of soft pleats. I love the plunging front and how they use fabric covered buttons attached by little gold chains to hold the plunge in place. These are strung across the opening and set so they gradually get longer as they near the upper portion of the neckline. It is wonderful and a real find. Excellent condition.

The bodice and sleeves are unlined. The skirt is lined in an off-white silk organza. It closes with the button and chains at the front with a series of hidden set snaps under the front waist. Each cuff closes with hidden set, fabric covered snaps. Hand finished.

Sleeves: 26"
Shoulders: 13.5"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips at inner lining: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 39" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2909

Reference Photo: Lauren Hutton by Henry Clarke, Vogue, 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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