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1970s Jean Muir Red Peplum Draped Jersey Dress


Jean Muir began her own clothing brand in London in 1966 (until 2007). Having previously worked as a designer for the famous textile house, Liberty London, Muir’s own designs are extremely fluid, and incorporate simple—often solid colors—jersey or suede fabrics, with small craft details throughout. Of her work, Muir has noted that she is more concerned with the process of engineering garments to make “beautiful shapes” rather than designing clothes.

This 1970s Jean Muir dress is made from one of her favorite fabrics, jersey, and is an eye-catching, true red. Ruffles are stitched at the shoulder creating mock cap sleeves, as well as around the neckline moving into a front tie that creates a keyhole detail at the center.

At the waist, the dress is cinched with light shirring, that flows into a short peplum. Heralding Muir’s strong appreciation for small details, seven lines of stitching are found at each shoulder, and decorative topstitching is utilized throughout the dress on the ruffles, and on the peplum accenting the undulations in the flowing jersey.

Size estimate: XS/S


Bust: 32- 36 inches

Waist: 22 relaxed - 30 stretched

Hips: 36 inches

Length: 60 inches

This crafted Jean Muir dress is made of a rayon, true red jersey, that drapes beautifully as though it were a silk. It clings slightly to the body, yet is fluid, and light. The dress falls to the ankle, and can accommodate a range of sizes as the fabric, and the waist shirring allow for excellent stretch. Unlined, the rayon allows for this dress to be comfortable against the skin, and can be easily slipped on over the head.

Professionally cleaned, and in good condition with a couple of tiny little holes in the back bottom portion of the dress, they are really small and get lost in the drape of the fabric.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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