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Patricia Lester Copper Brown Silk Fortuny Pleated Dress & Belt, 1980s
Patricia Lester embarked on dressmaking as a way to make stylish and sophisticated dresses for women of all sizes. Inspired by flowers, art, and nature, Lester’s creations evoke a sense of femininity with a classic aura. Since she began this endeavor, Lester has committed to never having her garments mass-produced codifying them as truly unique and artisanal.
As a testament to the craftsmanship of her designs, her dresses have been featured in numerous editorial spreads, held in various museum collections such as the V&A, and have been worn by notable figures such as Barbara Streisand and members of the royal family.
Done in a hand-dyed copper silk, this dress has been masterfully pleated in the style of Mariano Fortuny. The pleats and the variations in the dyeing creates a warm dance of color variation throughout.
The dress begins with a shallow boat neckline embellished with glass beading from which the fabric cascades to knee level softly caressing the curves of the body ending in a lettuce hemline that mimics the finish on the sleeves. This dress is excellently crafted and exudes history is a masterful way. It is the ultimate party dress with historic character.
Size estimate: S/M
Shoulders: 14 inches
Bust: 28- unstretched- 40 stretched
Waist: up to 40 inches
Hips: up to 44 inches
Length: 43-47 inches
Belt Length: 100 inches
The micro pleating of the dress allowed for it to stretch for comfort and conform to the body. As such, there are no closures and it can be simply slipped over the head for wear. This dress also comes with a matching rope belt and silk dress bag.
In excellent condition, this 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.