A fantastic 1970s vintage shift dress by Wallis, in beautiful quality heavy natural raw silk.
It is A line to knee length with a large dagger collar and slit front. Short cuffed sleeves, slanted pockets to front, optional tie belt.
Back zip, unlined.
Wallis began in London in 1923, in Chapel Market, London. From the 1950s, under the leadership of Jeffrey Wallis, son of the founder, the company became known for its selections from Paris – from 1957 this was known as 'pick of Paris', later this became 'Paris Originals' – and produced exact copies of top couture clothes. Paying a fee to attend the fashion shows of names such as Courreges, Chanel and Dior, Wallis buyers were then entitled to reproduce a small number of patterns from each show – in practice, another dozen or so would be recreated from memory. The store's mannequins would wear canvas covers in the run up to a grand unveiling of the latest designs.The copies of Chanel suits created by the store attracted a loyal following among London socialites and working women alike. During the Profumo Affair trial of 1963, Christine Keeler in the wore a different Wallis outfit every day.
Material: raw silk
Size: vintage UK10 - est UK8
Measurements (laid flat):
Shoulder to shoulder: 38cm
Condition: Very good - the silk is in beautiful condition but there is a faint discolouration at the back hem, possibly an iron mark.
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