Wow! This is one curiously cool prairie dress. The stunning printed voile fabric is a veritable vintage work of art. With dramatic, delicately frilled, sheer angel sleeves, classic pin-tuck pleated bodice and ruffled high neckline, embellished with a velvet ribbon bow, this museum quality rare find is for show stopping occasions.
Its designer, Samuel Sherman, founded several fashion labels, including Dollyrockers, favoured by models and pop stars in the early 1960s. He was a pioneer of new textile innovations including Terylene, Tricel and Orlon, as well as playing a major part in the evolution of mass produced fashion. From the 1970s, he started making garments under the ‘Clothes by Samuel Sherman’ label, which became synonymous with the ‘London Look.’ It would be fascinating to know more about the story behind the print design of this dress, which appears to feature the minarets and domes of a distant land.
Fully lined, apart from the sleeves, and labelled size 16 - though probably only suitable for up to a modern size 14. 58 inches/147 cm long from the back of the neck to the hem. 67% Terylene and cotton. Hand wash, 30 degrees. Very good vintage condition.