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Bill Tice Metallic Gold Caftan, 1970s


American fashion designer Bill Tice had a deep understanding of lingerie and loungewear. A New York Times article notes he was “known for designing dresses and pajamas that could be worn inside or outside the home.” He elevated his designs by using attractive colors and materials to give “at-home wear a less casual look.”

For example, this loose-fitting caftan is comfortable enough to lounge in but its glimmering gold fabric is sure to make a statement. The dolman sleeves mirror the tapered body of the caftan. This silhouette offers a fitted-look without constricting the upper body. The long sleeves could be bunched up or worn down, depending on your tastes.

This 1970s design is very much of its time, reflecting the disco and glam fashions of the decade. The metallic fabric is gathered around the shoulders into a textured gold yoke. Both materials catch the light as the wearer moves about, helping the caftan to transition to more formal events (while still being comfortable). Tice firmly believed that women should always look and feel stunning, even if they were just lounging at home. He even wrote a book about it - Enticements: How to Look Fabulous in Lingerie (1985). This metallic gold caftan is sure to make you feel beautiful no matter where you are.

Size estimate: S/M


Sleeves: 23 inches

Bust: up to 44 inches

Waist and Hips: up to 44 inches

Length: 57 inches

This metallic gold caftan is in excellent condition. It is unworn and still has its tag. The loose-fitting garment will fit a range of figures. It is unlined and slips over the head. It also has a large slit up the side, making the noted tapered silhouette even easier to move in. The fabric content is unknown. 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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