Playful yet vampy in that particularly Biba style! The shimmering purple metallic dress falls slightly above the knee, has long sleeves, an empire waist, deep V - neckline, and ribbon waist tie on back. The dress is fantastic, with subtle 1970s - does - Victorian details like the puffed shoulders, pinched bustline, and pointed sleeve. The deep purple is so totally Biba, we can just picture it in the boudoir - like atmosphere of the Big Biba department store on Kensington, displayed between a black vase of golden peacock feathers and a plush velvet settee.
This Mini dress is the classic "The Biba Look;” the doe eyed waif that was the hippest on the streets of London and about town. It was just this kind of dress and the fact that “young ... beautiful skinny”* women such as Anna Wintour worked at the store, that made the label and the look so desired then and both collectible and wearable today!
* Levy, Shawn (2003). Ready, steady, go ! swinging London and the invention of cool. London: Fourth Estate. p. 7. ISBN 978-1841152264.
36 in. (91.44 cm)
30 in. (76.2 cm)
40 in. (101.6 cm)
38 in. (96.52 cm)
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)