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1970s Malcolm Starr Bold Print Dress with Quilted Skirt


This was designed when Youssef Rizkallah headed the company so would have been made between the years of 1969 and 1975. The years that Youssef headed the line are among some of my favorites and in particular his pieces that utilize quilting and patchwork are truly iconic. Rizkallah was born in Egypt and studied at the Ecole de dessin appliqué and the Ecole des arts decoratifs in Paris. The fabric used is unusual in that it feels like a light wool. It is not a fabric that you see a lot of for this line but it holds the shape and color beautifully. The bodice skims over the torso with darling little capped sleeves that are each finished with a little bow. The waist line is defined with a seam and set a little higher then the natural waist for just a hint of an empire feel. The neck is scooped and the pattern places on the bodice to highlight the shape and curve of the dress. The skirt cascades to the floor in a widening swath of fabric and the combination of fabric and the quilting detail helps to give it the shape that you see. A decorative row of buttons runs down the front for added detailing. The colors used are wonderful and the dress has a glamorous and exotic feel. I love that it has pockets hidden away along the seams of the skirt. It is really a lovely dress. Excellent condition. Fully lined in a purple silky rayon through the bodice and self-backed through the skirt. It closes with a painted back metal zipper. The buttons down the front are decorative only. I see a tiny bit of discoloration on the interior lining of the bodice but the exterior is pristine. Shoulders: 15" Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist Skirt: 40" 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.


  • Designer
  • Brand
    Malcolm Starr
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Tiny bit of discoloration on interior lining of bodice but exterior is pristine. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 54 in.

    D 137.16 cm

  • Bust
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Waist
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Hip
    20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Length
    54 in. (137.16 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2947
  • Reference number

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