Book Piece 1979-1980 Zandra Rhodes "Chinese Squares" Red Dress

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This collection was inspired by Zandra's trip to China. She came back with sketchbooks filled from her travels there and was particularly struck by "the trellises and fretwork used by the Chinese, framing everything, making squares, bordering each simple visual plane." This became the foundation for her 'Chinese Square" print that we see here on this dress. In between the angular print is her signature 'scribble heads' that appeared in several earlier collections. The overdress part of this piece appears on page 158 of the book 'The Art of Zandra Rhodes with her catalogue identification of 79/89.

The dress is made from a fine silk chiffon with a high rounded neckline that self ties at the back. The elbow length sleeves are constructed from squares of the Chinese Squares print and each is edged with beads, as is the the edging of the skirt and hip panels. The bodice is lined in a silk, whereas the skirt is constructed so that the silk chiffon panel at both the back and front lay over an interior, almost apron like, over a red jersey skirt in a matching red. Everything is attached at the elastic waist so that it just simply slips on. Beading on the shoulder at the front is the final perfect finish. A remarkable piece from one of her key collections. Excellent condition

The dress is done in the strong red that she used throughout this collection and it is a truer brighter red than how it photoed here. It slips on the wear with an elastic waist and a tie at the back neck. Hand beaded and hand rolled hem. There are a couple of areas were the beads the edge the panels of the over skirt are missing or have lost their coating, but none so bad that you would notice unless specifically hunting for it.

Sleeves: 14" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Elastic waist: 11-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from neck to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

Details

  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Excellent. There are a couple of areas were the beads the edge the panels of the over skirt are missing or have lost their coating, but none so bad that you would notice unless specifically hunting for it..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    LU1283150463
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