Rare, Early 1970s LaVetta Silk Scarf Caftan Dress

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In 1979 LaVetta was featured in Ebony magazine and in that article she says "We're known for the dramatic drop dead entrance". Dresses cost upwards to $10,000 a remarkable price tag in 1979. At the time she was "the only black person designing and marketing her own line" according to that Ebony article. She traveled to Italy and the Orient for silks twice and year and you can see that Eastern influence in spades here on this stunning piece. It is entirely hand made and hand pieces together. The sleeves are cut wide and full giving a nod to the kimono sleeve. Both the back and the front plunge and it is cut so that the weight of the lower skirts keep it perfectly in place despite the lowness. The skirt is magnificent and literally has a full 360 degree sweep. This gives it incredible volume and movement. The silk itself is incredibly light and fine - a very high grade. The print and the way it is mixed is magnificent. Each of these dresses was entirely hand made and each is entirely unique as no two have the same mix of silk squares and patterns and how they are laid out. A wonderful unique and rare piece that is highly collected by a great African American couturier. Excellent, looks to be unworn condition

The top portion is unlined and the skirt has an inner lining of a lingerie weight stretch nylon. No closures - slip over the head to wear. The caftan/kimono like cut will fit a variety of sizes

Sleeves: approx 24:
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: variable as there are no defined side seams
Empire waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam of the inner skirt lining
Bodice: 11" from neck to mid waist
Skirt: 47" from mid waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent:SML-LRG

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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