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1970s Zandra Rhodes Silky Satin Screen Print Pleats & Bows Lingerie Slip Dress
London born designer Zandra Rhodes has inspired many with her experimental use of material and form, but her clothing is essentially inimitable. This diaphanous slip dress is a delightful blend of fantasy and surrealist fashion. The columnar silhouette is topped with a pleated bandeau like a Corinthian capital.
Made from a satin synthetic, the screen print design also echoes the Grecian architectural orders with a filigree pattern evocative of detailed stonework. The light yellow and silvery gray palette integrates beautifully with the sheen of the white satin. The doubled spaghetti straps connect to the bodice over the top of the bust ruffle, looping together at the top of the shoulders.
This unlined step-in slip dress can be worn out for a fabulous evening or stay in as lingerie. The overall effect aptly embodies what is articulated in an April, 1979 New York Times article by Bernadine Morris, “…Zandra Rhodes continued to occupy the throne of queen of fantasy.”
Size estimate: XS/S
Bust: 32 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Length: 55 inches
This late 1970s era dress by Zandra Rhodes is in excellent condition. Made from a synthetic silky satin, it simply slips on over the head. Zandra Rhodes, who began her career with surface fabric design, enlivens the columnar silhouette with a screen printed pattern evocative of detailed stonework on ancient Corinthian columns.
The top is finished with a generous band of micro-pleated satin, which is topped with feminine bows. Looped spaghetti straps interlock at the top of the shoulder. 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.