1960s Multi-Color Cotton Floral Print Maxi by Shifts International of Miami

Shifts International of Miami / Dior Vargas


Fantastic 1960's cotton green floral print with floral lace trim shift dress by Shifts International of Miami. Much like their contemporary, Lilly Pulitzer, Shifts Internationale Designs were also from Miami and made whimsical botanical prints. The company was created by Hawaiian textile designer Dior Vargas. Very little information can be found about any collaboration between Vargas and Pulitzer at the time, except that a few of textile designers we spoke with during our research recall his employment by Pulitzer. Whatever the connection, we love the look!* This fantastic sleeveless long sheath boasts floral lace on the neckline, princess seams, waist line and hem throughout the dress. Closes with a green metal zipper down the back. Dress is unlined and has facing around the collar area.

Dior Vargas (1930-2009) was a prolific Hawaiian artist who specialized in print works. Vargas studied under Takeo Nakamura, a Japanese artist who had mastered the technique, for six years. Vargas created works that were a mix of post modern American and traditional Japanese styles, and extended his medium, applying batik to various surfaces including at one point a grand piano, and a 1928 Ford Phaeton. Clients include: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Adnan Khashoggi, Cher, Princess Diana, Sean Connery, Angie Dickenson.

 Modern US Size M, 6

*If you have any information about Shifts Internationale and/or Dior Vargas or otherwise, Mrs. Couture welcomes it and would love to share it!

**All MRS Couture garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping. They are ready to wear upon arrival.

  • Country of Origin
  • Item #
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Cotton, Abstract, Applique, Laces, Seam, Topstitching, Zip
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    42.5 in. (108 cm)
    35.5 in. (90 cm)
    45 in. (114 cm)
    Total Length
    53 in. (135 cm)
  • Size Chart

Related Items