Printed evening dress
Evening dress, printed acetate, designed by John Bates for Jean Varon, 1973
John Bates created the Jean Varon label in 1964. He designed some of the iconic leather outfits worn by Diana Rigg in the 1960s television series 'The Avengers'. His 1970s designs are very fluid and sophisticated, this dress being a good example of that. His collections have always included a lot of evening wear.
This dress has a slightly psychedelic pattern, a style which continued from the 1960s into the early 1970s. Its retail price was £37.95 which is about £360 in today's money.
Gift of Brenda Snell, 1988