Floral 1970s dress
A sought after 1970s original!
This gorgeous dress by 'Lee Bender at Bus Stop' has everything you'd want in an iconic 70s number:
- Slinky satinised fluid fabric
- Stylised rose print
- Soft lavender and grey with a tinge of green hues in the print set on a deep purple base
- A nod to the 1930s Deco period tea dresses in its fabric, cut and details
- A stunning 'tulip' cut waved hem
- Nine fabric covered loop and buttons fastenings to the front
- Deep cut neckline
- Smocking detail to each shoulder
- Concealed pockets in the side seams at hip level
In excellent condition the dress can be handwashed.
Approximate current size UK 6/8 (see measurements below)
Original label size 10
Fashion History Snapshot
Lee Bender set up the Bus Stop label along with her husband Cecil in the late 1960s. They originally made clothing under their 'Lee Cecil' label earlier in the 1960s, and went on to open the first Bus Stop shop in 1969 in Kensington's fashionable Church Street, right next door to the iconic Biba.
Bus Stop was contemporary with many iconic names such as Ossie Clark and Biba. Unsurprisingly her designs were very much in a similar vein and are becoming increasingly hard to find, particularly a beautiful example in this condition; which is excellent.
Inner sleeve (armpit to hem) 9 "
Across shoulders at back (sleeve shoulder seam to sleeve shoulder seam at top) 14"
Skirt length to shortest point 28"
Skirt length to longest point 34"
Length nape of neck to shortest hem point 45"
Sleeve circumference at sleeve hem 20"
Shoulder width each side is 4"