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Adele Simpson Flapper Lady Print Maxi Dress, 1970s


One of the pioneers of American ready-to-wear, Adele Simpson was sought after for her young, fresh, pretty dresses that were easy for women to wear. Featuring a rare flapper lady print made during the Seventies, this eye-catching gown beautifully represents her decades-long legacy. Done in a silky, fluid nylon jersey that drapes and moves beautifully, this gown features a delightful print of slender flapper ladies in various shades of grey on a black and white ground.

The ladies’ hats are done in bright red, white, and cerulean, which offers a nice contrast to the black ground above the ladies’ shoulders, while the red scarves and blue and black belts on their dresses offer a nice pop of color which unifies the print. The ladies’ black high heels rest on a scalloped print of white, grey, and navy polka dots on a black ground, which is cleverly placed at the waist of the dress and elbows of the sleeves.

The abstract nature of the polka dot print allows it to serve as both pavement beneath the ladies’ feet and sparkling lights above their heads, which is rather ingenious as the print repeats itself several times, with a total of four tiers of flapper ladies along the body of the dress and two tiers on the arms—beginning with scalloped polka dots at the neckline and ending about halfway through the ladies’ dresses at the hems of the sleeves and the dress itself.

Size estimate: SML/MED


Shoulders: 15.5 inches

Sleeves: 24.5

Bust: 36.5

Waist: 28 inches

Hips: up to 38 inches

Length: 61 inches

The dress begins with a simple mock neckline and long sleeves that reach the wrist. The elegant, columnar silhouette of the gown allows the print to shine, while subtle side gathers at each hip provide an additional dimension and more statuesque feel to the dress. The silky fabric drapes beautifully from the fitted waist, the hem of the long skirt reaching just above the ground. A playful addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this gown is the perfect choice for a soiree or special occasion.

This Adele Simpson gown is fully lined and closes with concealed back zip. In excellent condition, this 1970’s dress has been professionally eco 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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