1970s JEAN VARON BLACK LACE-TRIMMED MAXI DRESS (S-M)
DESIGNER VINTAGE BLACK DRESS BY JOHN BATES FOR JEAN VARON FROM THE 1970s
This beautiful flattering maxi dress by Jean Varon, designed by John Bates, from the 1970s is black with ribbon design and lace throughout. Fully lined. Really good condition for a dress that is over forty years old. Such a fabulous black dress and an original designer vintage dress that will continue to go up in value.
Label: Jean Varon Made in England 14
Best fit UK sizes 6-8-10
Bust up to 34in/87cm
Waist up to 32in
About Jean Varon by John Bates
John Bates started the Jean Varon label in 1960 and is one of the greatest talents of the 1960s and 1970s. With no formal training, he took an apprenticeship at London couturier Herbert Sidon in the late 1950s. “I called it Jean Varon because at the time an English name like John Bates meant nothing; you had to appear to be French. Jean is French for John and Varon because there was no ‘V’ in the rag trade book. Jean Varon made a good graphic image’”(John Bates quoted in ‘Boutique’ by Marnie Fogg). As far as is known, all Jean Varon labeled garments were designed by Bates. Early garments are innovative with space-age fabrics, see-through panels, cut-out holes and matching accessories right down to the tights. Bates is also sometimes credited with the ‘invention’ of the mini-skirt. He popularised trousers for women and encouraged the first ‘underwear as outerwear’ style, through precision cutting and the use of lace and mesh. His reputation earned him the ultimate commission — designing a wardrobe of outfits for the second half of the first Emma Peel season on The Avengers in 1965-66. In the later 1960s and 1970s Bates continued to innovate but the garments moved towards a softer, feminine look. He is now working as an artist and living in Wales.