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Vintage 1970s Indian Dress - The Queen of Them All! Bell Sleeve Gauzy Rustic Cotton Maxi w Embroidery Size XS to M

Regular price £232.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £232.00 GBP
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•Highlights: they don't get much better than this'un; bell sleeves (massive!); self belt; sweeping maxi skirt; loads of volume and detail

•Colors: ivory/cream with colorful hand-embroidered flowers

•Fabric(s): rustic pure cotton

•Lined: yes

•Closures: rear zipper

•Designer/Labels: the RN number on label points to the Original Madras Trading Company of New York...I couldn't find too much on them, other than they were selling this kind of export-only thing back then and are still around in some form today

All accessories (belts, jewelry, crinolines, pins, etc.) are for style inspiration only unless indicated.


About a modern XS to small-busted M (please add extra room for fit and ease as you desire)

Bust (underarm area measured flat, then doubled) to about 34"/maybe a tight 35"

Waist (empire/high) about 34" then belt to fit

Hips full

Bodice length, shoulder to empire waist about 14 1/2"

Length from shoulder about 54"

Shoulders seam to seam about 15 1/2"

Sleeves about 23"


Very good vintage shape. 50+ years old.

To note: no blatant issues and presents beautiful, but there are some vague age toning marks on the giant cuffs found if spread flat, a tan spot at the side skirt hem, and many wee foxing dots and freckles on the tips of the sash. See photos. 

Sold as-found -- with the vivid embroidery, I'm too nervous to soak this baby. This is my shop partner's piece, it's rare, and I won't risk it. Dress remains a tip-top example of its kind, just show-stopping.


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