Vintage early 1960s late 1950s Peter Barron silk floral print dress green pink wiggle sheath dress short sleeve summer Ascot garden party
Beautiful, light fully lined silk dress by Peter Barron Made in England c 1960.
May be late 1950s or early 1960s but we think it is 1960-1961.
Peggy Lee sang I Enjoy Being a Girl' that year 1960 it immediately sprang to mind as soon as I tried the dress on. Song was a cover from the 1958 Broadway show The Flower Drum; and this dress is so very pretty & feminine, and certainly figure flattering.
The floral print cap sleeve side tie dress was a big fashion statement in 1960, and Gregory Peck's wife Veronique wore one to Royal Ascot that year, so we think
it dates from around then. But ideal for 1950s wear too.
It is a UK size 8.
This truly is a very elegant garment with the side ties drape from the back of the dress , and simply half tie on the side as asymmetric. The floral print features abstract flowers perhaps chrysanthemums or carnations, in pink & purple and a soft orange, on a dark moss green background. The dress has a lovely sheen to it, and a single top decorative button with same fabric. It's for a glorious spring or wedding, a day at the races, Goodwood Revival, a cream tea somewhere divinely elegant, a beautiful garden party, a promenade walk at Deauville or Cannes, or a walk with a special date or your partner beneath the cherry blossoms in the park for some wonderful photos together. Treat with respect and get someone to zip you up, and unzip you.
It is delicate & pristine so I am not even going to sell this to someone who isn't going to really appreciate how beautiful it is, and look after it as well as it has been; no fading marks or wear.
I don't really want to sell it at all tbh, but I can't keep everything. It will hurt to sell, as I adore it, but as long as you get how special it is too I shall.
It is by Peter Barron, the renowned London dressmaker based just off Oxford Circus in London that was the label of the Ravden family. They were at their height in the 1960s though this could be earlier. It's original owner a top fashion designer's own private fashion collection.
Average price of these dresses at the time was 15-20 guineas ; or around £300-£400 equivalent today. And it is in pristine condition very well looked after.
I'm a girl and by me that's only great
I am proud that my silhouette is curvy
That I walk with a sweet and girlish gait
With my hips kind of swivelly and swervey
I adore being dressed in something frilly
When my date comes to get me at my place
Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy
Like a filly who is ready for the race!
Went the song and it could have been written about the dress!