Yellow Satin Jean Varon Dress - Vintage Yellow and White British Designer Dress UK12 Another stunning example of a classic Jean Varon from 1970s An absolutely stunning maxi dress with bright yellow and white check pattern ruching at bust and beautiful bright yellow ribbon detail Measurements are as follows Dress Bust 36” Under bust 30” Waist 32” Hips 36” Shoulder to hem 57” No marks or flaws absolutely fabulous condition and perfect for spring summer 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.