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1970s Missoni Diagonal Stripe Lurex Illusion Maxi Skirt and Blouse Set
Originally founded in 1954 as a knitwear house, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni quickly rose to success in the international fashion sphere with their signature sheer lamé textiles that emphasized the delicately balanced colors. For Missoni, it is all about quality and the purity of color as seen in this 1970s blouse and maxi skirt set. The light fabric is woven with an extensive amount of metallic lurex yarns that give the fabric a crystalline sparkle and a stony texture throughout.
Striated with tones of ruby, rose gold, deep teal, and mint, the seaming of this set produces a dashing diagonal effect by alternating panels of thicker stripes with thinner ones. The blouse has a formal menswear aesthetic with narrow long sleeves that end in a rectangular barrel cuff as well as a wide straight point collar. The skirt is fitted at the waist with a lightly shirred elastic waistband and has a columnar silhouette that falls to a lettuce edge hemline.
This set also comes with a sash in the same fabric that can be worn to modify the cinching of the blouse, as a headscarf, or even a shawl thus creating a variance in potential silhouettes.
Size estimate: Small
Shoulders: 15 inches
Sleeves: 23.5 inches
Bust: 37 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Length: 24 inches
Waist: 24 - 28 inches
Hips: up to 40 inches
Length: 43 inches
Princess line seaming cause the blouse to fit sleekly around the body as the stripes creating a slimming effect. It closes at centre front with matching covered buttons. Unlined, this set is in excellent condition and has been professionally cleaned. 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.