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Vintage 1970s Plaid Viyella Dressing Gown JH Bardwell Claire Haddad Ladies Size M


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This is a ladies’ dressing gown/lounging robe made in a plaid patterned Viyella cloth.  The piece was made by J.H. Bardwell of Toronto, Canada.  Bardwell is notable because Canadian fashion designer Claire Haddad was the daughter of the founder and owner and eventually inherited the business.  In 1938, Joseph Henry Bardwell built his success by negotiating exclusive Canadian rights to Viyella, which was imported from England.  

This robe dates to the 1970s and has rounded collar and lapels, above the wrist length sleeves with turned cuffs and a patch pocket at the right side.  It is cut with a flare to the hemline and made in an ankle length (depending on one’s height).  It closes with a snap at the waist and cinches with the aid of a matching sash belt.  The robe is unlined.  The edge is trimmed in red cording. 

Age: 1970s 

Label: Viyella reg’d made exclusively by J.H. Bardwell Ltd. Canada

Colour:  Plaid pattern in tones of red, blue, teal green and white

Fabric:  Viyella comprised of 55% wool and 45% cotton

Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a medium size, please note the following measurements for fit:

Shoulders:  16 1/2” across, shoulder seam to shoulder seam

Sleeves:  22” long

Sleeve inseam:  14 1/2”

Bust:  38” around, taken at the underarm opening

Waist:  34” around, uncinched

Hips:  44” around

Length:  53”, measured flat

Condition:  It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, except for fraying to the label, tear, holes, repairs, staining or odour.  Hard to find older Viyella in nice condition like this.  

This is a very nice quality dressing gown - Viyella provides the warmth of wool without the itchiness.  Lovely plaid pattern!