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Holly’s Harp Black Silk chiffon Layered Maxi Dress 1970s


Los Angeles based designer Holly Harp opened her eponymous boutique in 1968. She designed for many Hollywood stars including the likes of Liza Minelli, Sally Field, and Diana Ross, and was nominated twice for the prestigious Coty fashion award. Her aesthetic evolved over the years, moving from “rich hippie” inspired garments to glamorous dresses and “fantasy oriented” romantic clothes that were often influenced by Art Deco evening gowns.

This elegant Holly’s Harp maxi dress is done in black silk chiffon and references the 1930s glamour that she is known for. The bodice begins with a wide V neckline and sheer bell sleeves that extend past the wrists. The bias-cut dress is made up of four layers of angled silk chiffon, creating dainty flounces that spiral around the wearer before falling to a maxi length at the ankles.

Size estimate: MED/LRG

Shoulders: 16 inches

Sleeves: 28 inches

Bust: 36 -38 inches

Waist: 30 -34 inches

Hips: up to 40 inches

Length: 60 inches

The dress becomes progressively more sheer as it reaches the floor, adding a subtle risqué element that complements the sleeves. The cuffs of the sleeves and hem of each flounce are trimmed in black silk that has a nice sheen, making the monochromatic design pop visually. A special addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this beautiful maxi dress is an unforgettable classic and is the perfect choice for a wedding, gala, or special occasion, and can easily be styled with statement heels and accessories.

This vintage Holly’s Harp maxi dress is unlined and simply slips on over the head for easy wear. The silk has some stretch despite the bias cut. In excellent condition, it 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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