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
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**All MRS Couture garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping. They are ready to wear upon arrival.
Check out this adorable light pink silk print dress from Adolfo! It is an iconic 70s look with long flowing bodice and scarf style collar that can be styled in a myriad of ways. Long cuffs create billowing sleeves! This dress is perfect for spring time weather but could easily be paired with a fur or coat & boots. Wear it spring or fall dressed up or down. This is a versatile dress. Size XS.
Adolfo was a Cuban born American fashion designer who began as a milliner in the 1950's. He was an apprentice at The House of Chanel and The House of Balenciaga until his friend Bill Blass gave him a loan and he opened his Millinery house in 1963. He went on to design couture garments in the 1970's and 1980's.
Length: 37 in. (93.98 cm)
Marked Size: 0-2 XS (US)
Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Waist: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Hip: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Take a look at this fascinating tunic styled top from early Geoffrey Beene. The top is tailored with vents on each side and decorative green bows. It has a long zipper closure on the back as well as a lightweight silk lining.
Geoffrey Beene began his career in the 1950s, designing under numerous New York houses including Teal Traina, finally opening his own label in 1963. Beene was incredibly conscious of the human body, and was particularly regardful of the figure in motion - as Beene once said “clothing is nothing until it hits the body." His designs were created to work with the client’s body, encasing it lightly and giving it a more artful structure. Beene's reinterpretations of dress formality, use of synthetics, and unusual combination of materials (accessories in acrylic and diamonds, for example), set him aside from his contemporaries who focused on the business of fashion, rather than the artistry of fashion.
Length: 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Marked Size: 2-4 See Measurements (US)
Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Waist: 33 in. (83.82 cm)