This gorgeous, vintage, full length dress by Jean Varon is just PERFECT for someone who loves the dramatic!
The material is a lightweight, cream or off white polyester with a round neck and size zip closure. But the drama comes from the long crinkle edged drapes and v shaped ‘collars’ and draped sleeves finished with beautiful green tassels! The dress is gathered at the yoke under the V shaped ‘collar’ creating draping and movement to the garment.
John Bates started designing under the name Jean Varon from the late 1950s and he is perhaps best known for Diana Riggs‘ outfits when she starred as Emma Peel in The Avengers. Anyone who was anyone in the 1960s and 1970s wore John Bates‘ designs. Cilla Black got married in one of his designs and Julie Christie wore his dresses in the film Shampoo.
This dress is in very good vintage condition. No visible snags or tears but a faint mark on the lower right of the dress which looks like dirt rather than a permanent mark and will clean up. Clearly a very well made designer item.
Size label says size 10, 83 cm which is closer to a size UK 8 today but the measurements suggest it would fit UK 10
Measures flat : approx. pit to pit 18″(to fit 34″) nape to hem 56″