1970s Clothing

Estevez dress 70s draped hot pink cocktail | XS

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Size: XS (Bodice measurements taken from boned lining inside dress.)
Bust: will fit approx. 32” maximum
Ribcage/underbust: measures 28” flat to fit approx. 27” maximum
Waist: measures 27” flat to fit approx. 26” maximum
Hip: free
Length: 41” from center of bust to hem
Underarm to sash/ribcage length: 5”
Straps: 16” total
Label: Estevez (Saks Fifth Avenue store label, also)

This fuchsia pink 70s dress by Estevez combines lightweight and flowing, draped polyester crepe with heavy silk satin. The super-skinny, doubled spaghetti straps hold up the gathered and draped bodice, above the empire-waist sash, which is ‘knotted” in back. Underneath the outer layer of crepe, the bodice has a structured under-layer, boned for support, in the same fabric—almost like a built-in long-line bra, with hooks at the back to help keep it in place when worn. Below the ribcage, the mid-length skirt also has a second layer of crepe as a lining. The dress fastens in back with a nylon zipper, and the satin sash fastens over it with several snaps and hooks. It is in excellent to mint condition, appearing either unworn, or very well cared for by the original owner. This hot pink 70s cocktail dress is a real showstopper, as well as beautifully made—just as one might expect from Estevez! (See below, for a bit of history about the designer.)

 Born in Cuba in 1930, studying under Patou in Paris in the early 1950s, and later designing under the label “Grenelle-Estevez” from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s, Luis Estevez became known for his sexy-yet-sophisticated dresses. “In 1955, he launched his first ready-to-wear collection under his own label and began a rocket-like ascent in the fashion world. The epitome of elegance—with his signature sculpted necklines and figure-flattering styles—his evening and cocktail dresses…had the sophistication of designs selling for up to four times more. So successful was the collection that Bergdorf Goodman established its Miss Bergdorf department just to showcase it. And in 1956, just like that, the 26-year-old became the youngest designer to win the prestigious Coty Award.” (“The Man Behind The Seams” by Dale Kern, first published in The Santa Barbara Magazine, 2008.) This particular Estevez cocktail dress dates from the late 1970s, at which point Estevez was settled in California, designing for various labels, including his own, and for Universal Studios.

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