Thursday, June 25, 2009

With Bated Breath

John Bates was a designer in London from the 60's through the 80's. His most notable creations were for the television series "The Avengers," for which he created looks for Diana Rigg, AKA Emma Peel. This beautiful creation is is from the John Bates line which lasted from 1972 until 1980. This line is a departure from his other label, Jean Varon which was priced for the "everywoman." The John Bates label produced the world's finest fabrics and skins. The dress below has two main sections; the top is red silk satin with a deep V front and a spaghetti strap back. The skirt is red silk chiffon covered in clear paillettes with a front slit and fully lined with red satin. Also, there is red chiffon paillettes-covered coat to keep your shoulders warm. To learn more about Mr. Bates and view other pieces he has created click here.

John Bates red silk and chiffon paillettes covered dress, c.70's. Contemporary size 4
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