Vintage 1970s Paganne Dress by Gene Berk Aztec Print Size M
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is an early 1970s Paganne dress made by Gene Berk. This 1970s Paganne dress features a wonderful novelty print in black and white with a pattern influenced by Aztec design - motifs include calendar wheels and animals including snakes, turtles, llama heads and rabbits. The dress is made with a high rounded neckline, wrist length sleeves and does up the back with a nylon zipper with two hooks and eyes at the neck. It is unlined. Note the attached photo taken in 1971 of Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane wearing a longer version of the dress.
Label: The label is missing but would have originally read Paganne Gene Berk (I’ve had a similar dress in the past). Gene Berk started his company in 1965 after a career in menswear merchandising and working for Oleg Cassini. He conceived many of his own designs, sending them to Italy to be put into final sketch form.
Fabric: Unmarked, but the label would have read as Banlon nylon jersey so there is some stretch or “give” to the fabric. Label on my other 1970s Paganne dress read “Ban-lon All Textralized Nylon Hand Washable Use Cool Iron”.
Sizing: The size label is missing and although this 1970s Paganne dress should fit a medium size, please note the following measurements for fit, keeping the style and cut of the garment in mind:
Shoulders: 15” across from shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeves: 22” long
Sleeve inseam: 16 3/4”
Bust: 34” around
Waist: 32” around
Length: 41”, measured flat
Condition: This 1970s Paganne dress is in very good condition with no wear, tear, staining or odour - it looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years
This is a striking black and white 1970s Paganne dress!