Friday, September 22, 2006

Nefertiti-inspired novelty print. I especially like the colors. There's not much info about this dress which appears to be from the late 60's, early 70's, B40-33 with a back zipper. You can bid on it here. Or buy it now for $15. It's difficult to see the bodice in this picture, but it looks high-waisted.

It wasn't love at first sight with this one, and I am still a bit ambivalent. I prefer my Egyptian prints to look either like reproductions of ancient art, or to be totally acid-trip, Kenneth Anger movie type out there. This one remains in-between. The colors are really what tipped the scale for me. Though I love the maxi dress, I'd probably shorten this one to the knees or slightly above. Otherwise it's just too much dress. I'd do something with the extra fabric, like make a head scarf, or an obi.

I recently saw an Egyptian print shirt in a similar vein, with a turquoise background, a couple of sphinxes and styled palm trees printed on thick pseudo-bark cloth. I see this fabric a lot for Hawaiiana prints, including some of the more psychedelic ones from the early 70's. Now usually I cheer for anything synthetic, but this fabric is challenging. It's too thick to wear in the dog days of summer, and soo scratchy/static-clingy if you try to wear it with tights and a sweater. So unless you live somewhere with relentlessly fine weather all year round, you're looking at a narrow window of wearability.

I'd wear this dress to brunch someplace with a terrace or back garden and drink a mimosa.


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