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John Bates

In the early Seventies, John Bates launched his own name label - separate from the Jean Varon label with which he was synonymous but which had a more 'mass market' appeal. The John Bates labelled pieces are more sophisticated, edgy and with a more 'couture' feel. This is a rare example of that work from the mid-Seventies, in a dark blue silk. Light as a feather, it's actually far more simple than the finished effect would suggest. It fastens with an internal waistband and the integral caped sleeves attach with a hook an eye into the waistband. The top half is open in the back, finished off perfectly with a purple satin bow, and lined in the front, the skirt section is layered - but still so light and fluid. It really is a little work of art...


Bust approx 34-36" I would say but the open back style makes it impossible to actually measure - Waist 27" - Hips 36" - Length 58"




Excellent condition. There has been a small repair on one of the caped sleeves (see picture) and a very barely noticeable pick in the body of the dress. There also looks like there might have been a very subtle alteration where the fabric on the left hand side goes into into the waist - you can see some hand stitching in the picture and a slight bump in the side view of the dress. I have decided to leave this as it is because of the delicacy of the fabric. Sold as vintage.


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