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vintage 1970's dress ...rare Betsey Johnson ALLEY CAT floral maxi dress w/bishop sleeves & convertible straps

vintage 1970's dress ...rare Betsey Johnson ALLEY CAT floral maxi dress w/bishop sleeves & convertible straps

Regular price $648.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $648.00 USD
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true vintage 1970 rare Betsey Johnson ALLEY CAT floral semi-sheer light floaty cotton floral maxi dress with drawstring neckline, convertible self-ties and billowing bishop sleeves with puffed shoulders...

appears to be inspired by the indian cotton dresses of the same era but with more of a fun & flirty twist indicative of Betsey Johnson designs.

Betsey Johnson (b. 1942) was guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine in 1965 when she was given a design job at the new Paraphernalia boutique. There she was an important part of the “Youthquake” movement in fashion. In 1969 she, along with two friends, started their own boutique – Betsey, Bunky and Nini.

From there Johnson wore a variety of design hats: Alley Cat from 1970 to 1974, Butterick patterns from 1971 to the late 1970s, Tric-Trac by Betsey Johnson from 1974 to 1976, and Star Ferry by Betsey Johnson from 1975 to 1977. Finally, in 1978, she formed her own company, Betsey Johnson, Inc., which she still operates today.

Written by fuzzylizzie (courtesy of vfg)



  • classic late sixties, early seventies long maxi silhouette
  • drawstring neckline
  • very long versatile self-ties that can be tied several different ways
  • the best sleeve porn with billowing bishop sleeves that have puffed shoulders and elasticized cuffs


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


probably best for a size S-M although the actual measurements offer some flexibility

bust-to 40", waist-to 40", hips-to 47", shoulders-14", sleeves-28" to elastic +3" cuffs (meant to be worn billowing hence the length), length-60"


excellent w/ normal wear. elastic at wrists will need to be replaced -easy fix as it appears to be under a panel and not stitched into place. price adjusted accordingly.

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