A Christmas Gift to Myself
I thought I knew exactly what I was going to wear on Christmas Day . . . . . . . until I found this little number! It’s labelled David Butler Collection by Pressler, and dates c.late 1960s. It’s difficult to see from the images, but the bodice is quite short-waisted, not quite empire-line, but the chiffon tie belt fastens just below the bust. The skirt is A-line shaped and the whole cut is very flattering indeed. Also, it’s great to find a lovely dress with sleeves! And what sleeves they are! Full, billowy chiffon sleeves, gathering into neat elastic cuffs.
The dress is fully lined, except for the sleeves, and the fabric is quite unusual too. Black isn’t usually my first choice; it’s not so flattering against my pale English complexion, although it all depends on the tone. However, the clever use of fabric here, really helps break-up the black and provides additional texture and interest. The design includes abstract teardrops, flocked with shiny metallic highlights. Perfect for cocktail hour, parties or Christmas Day! See more of the fabric below.
My online search to find more information on the label you see above, has unfortunately drawn a blank. I’ve found several dresses dating from the 1960s and 1970s, all using a similar label, and all varying considerably in price. The most expensive was £100 and the cheapest £25. Interestingly, I came across a pretty halter-neck dress (c.1970s) labelled David Butler by Pressler, from The Betty Smithers Design Collection at Staffordshire University. Perhaps this was one of hundreds of boutique labels that were prevalent around the 1960s and 1970s. The name ‘Pressler’ definitely rings a bell but if you can shed any light on this maker, please get in touch. I’d love to know more.
And how much did my dress cost? £20 from a local charity shop.
What will you be wearing this Christmas? Vintage I hope.