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1960's Mr. Blackwell Pink Multicolor Swirl Print Rhinestone Maxi Dress


Before he was known for his worst-dressed celebrity lists, Mr. Blackwell was a designer to the Hollywood stars, creating ensembles like this one that were meant to look absolutely fabulous in the spotlight. What is most extraordinary about this maxi from his Sixties heyday is the fabric.

It is quilted cotton with a gorgeous texture, which is then printed with an extraordinary swirl of trippy blooms on a pink background and embellished at the bodice with a burst of rhinestones. Of course this bold display would not look half as spectacular without the right silhouette—and this one with its band collar, cap sleeves, empire waistline and full A-line skirt suits it beautifully. This is a piece with oodles of personality for a collector who adores dressing up.


Size estimate: XS/S

Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 26 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Bodice center front: 13 inches from shoulder seam; curves to 15 inches in the back

Length: 55 inches

This vintage Mr. Blackwell dress from the Sixties is in excellent condition. It is made from quilted cotton featuring a swirl of trippy blooms on a pink background. The bodice is embellished with a burst of prong-set crystal rhinestones. The fully lined maxi silhouette has cap sleeves, a band collar and an empire waistline that is curved in the front to flatter the figure.

Bust darts and seams at the skirt enhance the fit. A white painted zipper closure is at the back. This garment has been professionally dry-cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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