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vintage 1960's dress ...amazing designer Tina Leser Original wool ethnic dashiki caftan dress

vintage 1960's dress ...amazing designer Tina Leser Original wool ethnic dashiki caftan dress

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true vintage 1960's dress ...amazing designer Tina Leser Original wool ethnic dashiki caftan dress

Tina Leser caftans, along with other notable designers of the same era such as Emilio Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Chloé etc., were a staple for fashion icons like Marisa Berenson, Veruschka, Peggy Moffit and the likes.

"In the 1960s, the Middle Eastern derived style made it’s way over to mainstream fashion amongst North American women. The loose fitting, typically full length and long-sleeved dress was a far cry from the prim and proper clothes of the 1950s which centered around formality, tailoring and dressing for the approval of others rather than ones personal sense of style. The experimental styles in response to traditionally acceptable fashion in the 1960s was informed in part by a rise of youth culture that set the tone for a cross-generational shift."

Reem, (2014, May 05). The Caftan. retrieved from

Tina Leser (1910-1986) was born Christina Wetherill Shillard-Smith, in 1910. She was born into an affluent Philadelphia family that traveled the world. Leser attended first the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then the Sorbonne, in Paris.

In 1931, at the age of 21, Tina married Curtin Leser, and the two of them moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. It was here that Tina Leser began her career in fashion and opened a shop in 1935.

In 1940, Tina Leser went to New York on a buying trip and to try and sell her designs. Partly through the influence of Harper’s Bazaar editor, Carmel Snow, she placed an order with Saks for 500 garments. She continued to live and work in Honolulu, but in 1941 decided to open a business in New York. In 1942 she moved to New York. She ran her company until she became the designer at Edwin H. Foreman. It was at Foreman, that Tina Leser developed the international style for which she became famous.

In the postwar era, India was very much in the news. Having spent part of her childhood in the country, it was natural that India’s move toward independence would inspire Tina to base many of her designs on the country’s ethnic clothing. She began the first of many designs based on the fabrics, colors and shapes of Indian traditional clothing. ...this dress is an excellent example of that!

Tina Leser left Foreman in 1953 to form her own company, Tina Leser Originals.

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  • classic relaxed caftan silhouette with a self belt that attaches with camouflaged fabric covered snaps allowing you to use the belt in other creative ways

  • couture quality finishing details with hand-stitched luxurious emerald green (feels like) silk under-trim at the sleeves and hem

  • completely lined in a nude chiffon mesh

  • back zipper  



Measurements given are ''actual'' measurements of the item taken from the outside of the garment. Please consider your individual comfort and compare measurements accordingly. For more information regarding our sizing, or measurement process please review our



loose fit, or could be cinched with included belt

bust-to 39", waist-to 36", length-57"



excellent- appears to have been worn, lightly.  upon very, very close scrutiny we found two tiny holes near the right side seam. price adjusted accordingly.

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