Black Gold Jean Varon Dress & Trousers Gold Brocade & Velvet Dress and Velvet Trousers 34 An absolutely stunning example of a classic Jean Varon from circa An absolutely stunning below the knee black velvet and gold brocade dress with beautiful deep Velvet V neckline and velvet waistband Velvet Straight trousers Measurements are as follows
Trousers Waist 24” Hips 30”-32” Length (waist to hem 41”) Inside leg 30” Dress Waist 25” Bust 30” Nape to hem 41” Inside sleeve 19” No marks or flaws absolutely fabulous condition and perfect Christmas outfit John Bates started the Jean Varon label in 1960 and is possibly one of the greatest forgotten talents of the 1960s and 1970s.
With no formal training, he took an apprenticeship at London couturier Herbert Sidon in the late 1950s. “I called it Jean Varon because at the time an English name like John Bates meant nothing; you had to appear to be French. Jean is French for John and Varon because there was no ‘V’ in the rag trade book. Jean Varon made a good graphic image’”(John Bates quoted in ‘Boutique’ by Marnie Fogg). As far as is known, all Jean Varon labeled garments were designed by Bates. Early garments are innovative with space-age fabrics, see-through panels, cut-out holes and matching accessories right down to the tights. As an aside, Bates is also sometimes credited with the ‘invention’ of the mini-skirt. He popularized trousers for women and encouraged the first ‘underwear as outerwear’ style, through precision cutting and the use of lace and mesh. An example of this work won him the ‘Dress of The Year’ title in 1965.