This is a really beautiful example of Simon Ellis's work during this period. The fashion House produced high end bridal gowns and occasion wear from the 1960s through to the 1990s. The first thing you notice about this 1970s design is the incredible medieval trumpet sleeves which taper from just above the elbow to float down to almost ankle length. The dress is empire line with a cotton floral machined-lace bodice overlaying a georgette fabric in cream. The manmade georgette fabric is a medium weight whilst the underdress is a good quality cream acetate. Both the sleeves and the bottom hem of the dress are edged in the lace flowers of the same design as the bodice. The dress fastens to the rear with the original metal zip and some carefully positioned hook and eyes to better conceal the zip. There is a lavish amount of fabric in this dress and it hangs and moves beautifully due to the weight and quality of the material. It is fully labelled with the Ellis couture bridal label. This is in excellent vintage condition - there are no faults of any note and it would fit up to a UK size 10, US 6.
Bust - 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Waist - 26 in. (66 cm)
Hip - 42 in. (106.7 cm)
Min. Length - 56.5 in. (143.5 cm) Max. - 70 in. (177.8 cm)
Shoulders - 17 in. (43.2 cm)