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Zandra Rhodes Red Pleated Shell print Caftan and Sleeveless Dress Set, 1970s
Recently celebrated at Fashion Group International and at the Fashion and Textile Museum, Zandra Rhodes is a prominent, historic designer acclaimed for her eccentric designs in the 1970s. Rhodes’ work often features vibrant prints with intense colors that match her animated personality. Made from a crimson rayon printed with a salmon squiggle motif with clustered blue shells, this ensemble speaks to classic Zandra Rhodes style.
The caftan inspired robe has been pleated throughout to give the overall garment a crinkled texture and a subtle sense of volume that intensifies the dropped kimono style sleeves. An inverted bask waistline shapes the robe beautifully just under the bust. Around the neck edge, hem, and sleeve, a lettuce edge adds to the voluminous shape. Underneath in the same fabric is a sleeveless sheath dress.
The simplicity of the design contrasts the ostentatious robe. With a lettuce edge finish around the neck and armhole, the empire waist accentuates the bust and torso elongating the wearer. Although this ensemble was originally intended as lingerie, this ensemble would work beautifully as a summer wedding look or a day dress.
Bust: 34 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Length: 56 inches
The caftan ties in the front while the dress can simply be slipped over the head. Both pieces are unlined, however the caftan is not quite as sheer as the dress due to the pleating. Professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed, the ensemble is in excellent condition. 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.