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Giorgio di Sant'Angelo Floral Color Block Cut-Out Back Maxi Dress, 1970s


Acclaimed American designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo began his career as a costume jewelry designer in the 1960s and quickly rose to become one of the most notable designers of the 1970s. Merging together international inspirations and mix-and-match aesthetic, Sant’Angelo along with other designers such as Zandra Rhodes created a variety of freeing, yet tailored silhouettes that defined the 70s hippie style.

Created for a holiday line in 1971, this Sant’Angelo dress is made from a variety of printed jersey fabrics in a silhouette that mimics the Chinese qipao. The body is done in a round peach and rouge floral motif on a black ground that creates a hypnotic visual rhythm as accents of pale blue and green vines navigate throughout. Apart from this print, the remainder of the dress is done in an interesting color blocking of Kelly green, true red, and black which is showcased at the large back keyhole and the right-side slit. 

Playing to this dress strengths of combination, the left sleeve is a bishop style while the right, in solid red, is an angel style. This subtle difference aids the harmony in variety aspect of this dress. An artistic balance of volume and color, this dress is also a part of the permanent collection at the MET’s Costume Institute.

Size estimate: XS/S


Shoulders: 15.5 inches

Sleeves: 27 inches

Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 26 inches

Hips: 32 inches

Length: 57 inches

The jersey material allows for excellent drape and stretch. Unlined, the dress can be slipped over the head and fastened at the centre back neck with hook and eye closures. This dress is in very good vintage condition with light wear throughout. 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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