07 October, 2010

A Vintage Geoffrey Beene dress

I wore this lovely pink and black checked dress by the American designer Geoffrey Beene out to dinner last week. I hadn't really heard about this designer before - I really just stumbled across the dress during one of my (many) browsing sessions on etsy.

Geoffrey Beene seems to have been rather an interesting character - he studied medicine, but after a few years, left to pursue an artistic career, eventually becoming a fashion designer (much to the angst of his parents as you can imagine, who were counting on having a doctor in the family!). There is some really interesting information about he and his designs at The Vintage Fashion Guild website.

From the look of the label on my dress and consulting the Vintage Fashion Guild information, I would put it as being made in the 1970's, which is interesting as the cut is quite 1950's.
The material in the dress is quite interesting - the label does not say what it is made of but it is an unusual cross between satin and taffeta (if that makes sense!). It is very soft to the feel but also quite stiff, which gives the skirt great structure. I actually usually wear the dress with a patent black belt which draws in the waist and sets off the checked pattern, but in a mad rush to get two children and one husband fed before rushing out the door I seem to have forgotten to wear it!

Those buttons down the front are sort of 'false' in that there is actually a zipper right up the front so the buttons are just for show.

The whole piece is of magificient quality and I love wearing it, it is very flattering and just beautiful to wear. I would really recommend his vintage pieces if you can find them.

Outfit details: Vintage Geoffrey Beene dress etsy USA
earrings ebay I think!
Shoes Myer, years ago


  1. wow, that is just the perfect dress - I'm totally jealous!

  2. It's a gorgeous dress - well done on your find!

  3. lovely dress...btw, I found a early 60s lilli-ann coat on ebay for $52!. thought you might be interested:) The link:


  4. Thank you everyone for your comments - its great to hear from you! And thank you Collar of the Dove for the link to that fabulous Lilli Ann coat - gorgeous! Unfortunately it is a little too big for me, so hopefully someone else will nab it and love it. Please pass on anymore Lilli Ann finds to me they are really helpful! Maria (aka Vintage Suburbia) xx

  5. I love your blog, it's like travelling through time !

    See U !

  6. Wonddderful dress! It suits you beautifully.