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Vintage 1970's Jean Muir Beaded Sequin Navy Jersey Capelet Plunge Dress w/Tags

$1,900

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A gorgeous 1977 Jean Muir designer silk-jersey dress with original deadstock $2895 price tags still attached. The self-taught Muir made her name in the 1960's, creating a reputation for exquisitely tailored, timeless, feminine clothing. Muir is 'designer’s designer’, admired by the likes of Gaultier, Issey Miyake and Giorgio Armani. She continually held the attention and respect of fashion critics, and worked with some of the world’s most established photographers. A 1975 survey reported the two most copied designers in the world to be Jean Muir and Yves Saint Laurent. This breathtaking Jean Muir creation is everything a woman wants. The body is cut long and lean with vertical seaming. Each seam is done with her signature top stitching in a matching navy thread. The sparkling beadwork adds the perfect amount of sparkle. The bodice definitely has a 1930's vibe with the beautiful flutter capelet plunge and leanlong sleeves. The matching sash belt creates the most flattering nipped-waist silhouette. A rare and important piece of wearable fashion history. Measurements Bust:35-36 inches Waist:28 inches (belt can be used to make smaller) Hips:up to 38 inches Total Length:54 inches This Jean Muir designer dress is in excellent never worn condition with no rips, stains or holes. Matching waist-belt included. Oiginal $2895 price tag from 1977 still attached.

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 54 in. (137.16 cm)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Hip: 38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3095163563

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About the Designer

Jean Muir

With simple, classic designs, Jean Muir (1928–95) became known as the doyenne of British fashion, counting such luminaries as Princess Alexandra, Glenda Jackson and Lauren Bacall as clients. Similar to Diane von Furstenberg and her signature wrap dresses, Muir was most famous for the matte jersey dresses she initially designed for herself. Born in London, she got her fashion start at the age of 11 when she began designing her own clothes. Muir’s popular vintage dresses boast small shoulders, a slightly raised waist and a sheath-like skirt, perfect for someone with a petite frame like her own. In fact, Muir tried on every dress before it went into production.The Jean Muir look — pared down, elegant and timeless — earned the designer an over 40-year-long career, which started in the stockroom at London’s famous Liberty luxury department store. Shortly after her stint in sorting inventory, she became a sketcher in the store’s made-to-measure department. After working as a designer for Jaeger, she was hired by dress manufacturer David Barnes in 1962. There, her jersey designs were so popular she was given her own label: Jane & Jane. She soon caught the attention of a buyer who brought her to Henri Bendel, where her career soared. Just four years after joining Jane & Jane, she started Jean Muir Ltd. with her husband, Harry Leuckert, a German actor.During her long career, Muir never strayed from her signature long, fluid lines and feminine silhouettes that were especially flattering when the wearer moved. The jersey gave the dresses an architectural appearance and a flexibility in the designs as, unlike silk, the material doesn’t have to be hand-sewn or lined, nor do the edges need to be lined up and bound together to appear neat. She was particularly drawn to the simplicity of navy and black fabric, with topstitching giving even the most minimal styles some flair. Although jersey dominated her looks, she also worked with her team of expert craftspeople to punch patterns in suede, create draped textures with leather, tailor wool crepe, paint patterns on cashmere and stitch dramatic layers of tiered silk.After her death, Muir’s team continued creating her beloved dresses for another 12 years, carrying on her legacy. In 2007, the label closed, although the vintage dresses are enduringly popular with those seeking refinement and elegance in modern designs.Find a collection of Jean Muir evening dresses, jackets and other garments on 1stDibs.
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