Vintage 1980s Dress Mondrian Colorblock Suede Leather Bagatelle Margaret Godfrey


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This is an early 1980s era dress, made of suede leather in a Mondrian type colorblock pattern by Bagatelle.  Bagatelle was founded in 1967 and Margaret Godfrey was hired as the head designer for the company, located in Montreal.  Godfrey was influenced by the fashion look of the London boutique Biba, and, although acting as the head designer, remained living in London. This dress is quite simple, made with pads in the shoulders, a mid-thigh length and a back zipper closure.  It is fully lined in black rayon.  The suede is segmented, in tones of purplish blue, red and grey, by black intersecting lines. 

Label: Bagatelle Made in Canada.  The ILGWU union label was in use from 1968 until 1984.  

Material: The content label reads 100% leather with a 100% rayon lining

Sizing: Size 6 is indicated, and although this should fit a small size, please rely on the following measurements for fit:

Shoulders:  19” across, from one shoulder/sleeve seam to the other

Sleeves:  21” from the shoulder/sleeve seam

Sleeve inseam:  18”

Bust:  38” around

Waist: 38” around

Hips:  38” around

Overall length:  35", measured flat

Condition:  It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, holes, stains or odours.  This dress has been very well cared for and stored over the years.  

This is a wonderful dress by a Canadian fashion icon - iconic Mondrian pattern, nice example of Canadian design of the period!