Yeah!! I am so happy to finally be able to share this spread with you that was published in the newest issue of Vero Home Life & Design ! This feature was based on Lilly Pulitzer fashions, then & now. Ironically Miss Lilly passed away 3 short weeks later… Editor, Jill Shevlin dreamed up the concept for the may/june issue when she wanted to include both our local citrus roots & fashion history as we swing into summer… well naturally Lilly Pulitzer both new & vintage fit the bill! Hope you like!
Vero Home Life & Design Magazine (may/june issue) Creative Director: Jill Shevlin Photography: Cindy M Leon & Aric Attas Stylist: Cindy M Leon Assistant: Kristin Meek Models: Anna Gordon, Maddie, Ambie Hay, Tommy Hair: Missy Elward MUA: Gloss Salon VB Clothing: The Lazy Daisy, Azaleas, Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse & Tusk Men’s Clothing, Stylist private collection
Like the father of modern couture, Charles Frederick Worth, Zandra Rhodes also received early training in textile design. Worth and Rhodes have been the two great textile experts in haute couture. From the beginning, her work appealed to the self-assured woman who is so chic that she is beyond fashion, as is Zandra Rhodes herself.
As a designer, Rhodes broke all the rules and made it work. In this stunning two-piece design, she played against her typecasting as a a designer of iconic painted textiles. Always ready to try something new, she chose to work with an ivory-and-gold brocaded fabric.
The bodice, built like a corset with boning, shows Rhodes’ knowledge of early costume—the boned corset. The bodice features decorative gold-rhinestone-pearl buttons in front and closes in back with a zipper. The Zandra Rhodes label is on the back lining.
The skirt and bodice are both finished with signature Rhodes trim; here she uses looped braided cord. To appreciate Rhodes’ mastery of textile design, zoom in on the mesmerizing Persian-style motifs on the bodice.
The condition is almost excellent. On the bodice lining are a few pale stains, which do not show when the dress is worn.
The size is marked American 10 and English 12. The bodice measures: 36" bust, 28" waist, and 10" center-front length. The skirt measures: 27" waist, 38" hip, and 21" length.