So I've had this dress in the shop for a few months. It looked very much like an André Courrèges dress to me. He did so many dresses with these little scallop details in the 1960s.
|1968 wool knit Courrèges dress, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
My dress' tag is missing and I couldn't find another example that looked just like mine, so I figured it was a knockoff. But kind and sharp-eyed fellow vintage seller (and Grand Rapidian) Love Charles alerted me via Tweet to the two photos below. The top photo is from the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum's (FIDM) blog. Here I learned that many Courrèges designs were knocked off during the 1960s, so much so that he suspended public showing of his designs from 1965-1967, and in 1967 released a lower priced line, Couture Future, to help disable the problem.
The second photo looks like my dress exactly (only, y'know, in black and white). It comes from the fuckyeah60sfashion Tumblr, and as with so many things on the internet these days, led me pretty much nowhere source-wise.
However. I've become fairly adept at tracking down image sources. (Thank you, Google Images Search!) I discovered that this image came from a 1968 UK Vogue shoot. (Regular readers might be able to guess where this is heading.) I trucked myself right over the the fabulous Youthquaker blog, and look what I found in the February 1968 UK Vogue!
Here's the Vogue copy: "Harrods will be adding a new dimension, and particular sing, to spring by bringing Courrèges Couture Future to London...Brilliant, brief, disarming wool dress, left, Wild poppy red for the bright, short, scalloped top and scallop pockets. White for the collar, and swinging slip of a skirt."
This has me convinced that my dress is from the Couture Future line. I've updated my Etsy listing (and yeah, the price, too). Thanks so much for the heads up, Love Charles!