Seductive 1970's colorful ombre wool knit dress by the famous Jean Varon label. John Bates started the Jean Varon label in 1960 and is possibly one of the greatest forgotten talents of this era. With no formal training, he took an apprenticeship at London couturier Herbert Sidon in the late 1950's. John explains, “I called it Jean Varon because at the time an English name like John Bates meant nothing; you had to appear to be French." This gorgeous garment is made of a luxurious knit that is crossed stitched in tiny vertical rows that give a stunning autumn olive ombre gradient. The fabric has an amazing amount of structure which keeps it from loosing shape. I love the contrasting detailed edging. The bodice is an alluring low-cut plunge with flattering 3/4-length sleeves. The skirt flows from the high empire waistline so you get a fantastic amount of movement. A lovely piece of fashion history that feels shockingly fresh and modern.
Bust: 36-37 inches
HIgh Waist: 31 inches
Hips: up to 42 inches
Total Length: 58 inches
This iconic Jean Varon designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working back-zipper. This garment is over 40 years old and is truly stunning.