1960s Clothing

Off-white mod 1960s mini dress and coat set | XS

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Bust: measures 35” flat to fit 34” maximum
Empire waist/ribcage at seam: 31” flat
Natural waist: 31.5” flat
Hip: measures 38” flat, to fit approx. 34” to 36” maximum
Length: 34” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to empire waist seam length: 3”
Shoulder to shoulder: 12.5”
Length: 34”
Sleeve length: 19.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 14.25”
LABEL: Lot/size tag only

This off-white mini dress and coat set probably dates from late 1960s, but we know that the original owner wore it to a wedding in 1970. The sleek silhouette and clean lines of the empire-waist mini dress and matching coat are more “mod” than “hippie”, and the stark color palette of off-white with bold black ribbon accents (on the collar and coat back) is definitely more mid-1960s in style. The crisp, medium-weight, satin-backed fabric is most likely a blend of acetate and rayon, with a plain weave, shiny surface and a texture similar to alaskine. The sleeveless mini dress has a high/empire waist, bust darts, and skirt that flares just a bit from hips to hem—not quite A-line. The dress fastens in back with a metal zipper, and is lined in the bodice-section only, with acetate taffeta. The A-line coat has three-quarter-length sleeves and large, decorative buttons hiding two small snap closures. The round neckline of the coat allows the collar of the dress to show above it, when worn. The body of the coat is also lined with off-white acetate taffeta (sleeves are unlined). In very good to near excellent condition, this 1960s dress and coat set has a light mark on one decorative button (see close-up photo—pretty much invisible) and very faint yellowing at the edge of the underarms. The original owner of the dress was a very petite lady (about 5 feet tall), so it appears quite short on our taller mannequin! This would make a fabulous wedding dress set for a registry office or 1960s-style wedding, and would be equally lovely for any cocktail party or spring/summer evening event.

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