Op Art Maxi Dress, 1970s
A rare 1970s vintage Jean Varon printed maxi dress. In a black cotton voile, which is unlined on the top to retain the sheer, lightweight quality of the fabric making it look so current and more versatile - allowing it to be worn with just a bra / bandeau underneath or a slip. The skirt is so vibrantly printed with an op art style pattern in hues of orange, purple and white.
The balloon sleeves are voluminous, giving a luxe hippie feel whilst the frilly / ruffle edges give a gothic, almost victorian touch. So versatile, this gown would be perfect for in the evening / party, as a striking boho day dress or worn on a summer vacation. In the book 'John Bates: Fashion designer' by renowned fashion collector and historian, Richard Lester, there are early sketches of this dress stating that "For John [Jean Varon] the fabric came first... his designs became wearable works of art".
Estimated Size: UK 6/ US 2/ EU 34. Please check measurements.
Bust - Free
Underbust - 28” / 71cm (measure just underneath bust)
Waist - Free
Hips - 44” / 112cm
Length (Shoulder to Hem) - 56” / 142cm
Please note: Dress might suit a more petite frame as the wrist openings are quite small.
Details & Condition
Designer: Jean Varon
Fabric: Cotton Voile
- Back zipper
- Skirt lined
Excellent Vintage Condition - No noticeable stains, tears or holes. Couple of the tiniest spots of wear to front (pictured).