Vintage 1960s Black Optical Print Designer Dress- New!

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Size: Small

Bust: 36 - 38 inches + 91 - 96.5 cm

Waist: 28 - 30 inches + 71 - 76 cm

Shoulder Edge to Shoulder Edge: 15.5 inches + 40 cm

Hips: open

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 42 inches + 107 cm 

Hem Length : None

Zipper Length: 21.5 inches + 55 cm

Seam Allowance: unable to be seen due to lining -

Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.



* 1960s ribbed silk designer Space Age dress

* Fabric design features black and white op art circles on a black background

* Bodice has long sleeves and a V-neckline

* Contrasting black, white and red braid along neckline, sloping towards waist

* Skirt is slightly gathered

* Matching braid along the bottom hemline

* Back with metal zipper, Braid on neck, waist and hem

* Fully lined with couture finishing

* Label reads Sarmi New York

Count Ferdinando Sarmi, was born into a wealthy Italian family and raised in Trieste.  Following his doctorate in Law, Sarmi decided that he wanted to be a fashion designer. He created costumes for two Italian films: Musica Proibita (released as Forbidden Music in the US) in 1942 and Cronaca di un Amore  (released as Story of a Love Affair in the US) in 1950. It was his first and only known on-screen performance. He left Italy in 1951 to work in New York fashion, becoming Elizabeth Arden's head designer from 1951 to 1959. He launched his own high-quality ready-to-wear salon in New York in 1959, using the label Sarmi. In 1960, he won a Coty Award.It was during this time that he developed a reputation as a top designer, wooing an influential clientele that included celebrities, New York socialites, and foreign dignitaries. He became a naturalised United States citizen in January 1959, His collection included both haute couture and ready to wear apparel that set the pace for 1960s fashion in New York. His designs commonly featured intricate embroideries, vivid colors, and racy hemlines as well as hand silks and the first-ever tie-dyed silk chiffons used in haute couture, designed and produced by Tzaims Luksus. During the late 1960s, the house fell upon financial difficulties. In 1972, his business was renamed Ferdinando Sarmi, but it closed shortly thereafter.



No notable flaws that I can see, it is in fabulous condition for its age. 

Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.



Stunning, high quality designer dress with an unusual fabric design and silhouette. Impeccably tailored as expected from this listing.  Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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