This is a fabulous example of the work of Joy Stevens of California in the hey-day of disco dancing and night clubbing during the 1970's. Stevens, as a young (21!) and up & coming designer, was no doubt influenced by highly successful and influential fashion designers of the day, such as Halston, who was making the most of the Studio 54 set by designing very sexy, fluid, plunging necklines with halter tops and the barest of backs. This early 1970's floor length dress definitely is channeling that vibe. It's made with her signature nylon jersey fabric which is super-soft, shimmery, body-hugging, and voluminous throughout the skirt. The circumference of the hemline is 120"! It has a simple halter tie, and flattering ruching & pleats down the front center of the bodice, with a 14" center zipper. I've photographed it in various ways to show the versatility for the wearer. It has a very low scooped back. The dress is four panel construction and flares out from the hips into a very full a-line skirt. The hem seems to be just a bit higher in the front of the skirt to allow ease for walking & dancing the night away. The color is a deep cinnamon rust, the fabric gives the appearance flecks of gold that make it shimmer. The great thing about it is how easily it packs - jersey is one of the best fabrics for travel as it is wrinkle resistant and hand or machine washable. Pair it with a pair of simple sandals & a cropped jean jacket or your highest platforms and a silk shawl - so many ways to style this fabulous frock.
Label: Joy Stevens California
Size: Marked a 13/14
Fits Like: Modern 10 or Medium
Bust: Up to 36" (stretch & zipper allow for extra ease)
Waist: @ 30"
Hips: 48"+ (a-line)
Length: 56" from top of zipper to hem
Hem circumference: 120"
Fabric: 100% nylon jersey
Condition: Excellent to Mint. Freshly laundered & ready to wear.
(Reference Photos: Vogue, July 1976, Vintage Fashion Guild, Vogue, September 1977)
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