EXTREMELY RARE!!!!! SUPER COLLECTABLE ORIGINAL 1970'S LA VETTA BEVERLY HILLS ORIGINAL SCARF SILK DRESS IN AN UNMARKED SIZE- MY MANNEQUIN IS A SIZE 2- I WOULD SAY IT WILL FIT A SIZE 4. THE DRESS IS HIGHLY DESIRED AS THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL SCARF DRESS!! USING MULTIPLE SQUARES OF SCARVES OF THE SAME DESIGN/PRINT LA VETTA HAS HAND DONE EVERY PIECE. BEAUTIFUL DOUBLE PLY SKIRT TO GIVE IT VOLUME, RIBBON TIES AT EACH CUFF FOR DRAMA A ZIPPED BACK AND FULL SLEEVES. THERE IS ALSO AN ADDITIONAL SCARF TO WEAR IN YOUR HAIR OR AROUND THE NECK AS SHOWN IN THE IMAGES, YOU CAN ALSO USE THE SCARF TO APPLY TO THE HANDLES OF A KELLY BAG. ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING PRINT. IT WILL NEED DRY CLEANING- ALTHOUGH I SEE NO STAINS OR MARKS- THIS HAS BEEN HIDDEN IN THE BACK OF A CLOSET THAT HASN'T BEEN TOUCHED SINCE THE 90'S ( FRIENDS PARENTS PASSED AWAY AND I TOOK A FEW VINTAGE PIECES) AND DOES HAVE DUST BUT DUE TO THE NATURE AND HISTORY OF THE DRESS, I WILL LEAVE THIS UP TO YOU.
PLEASE NOTE: WHEN I TOOK IT OFF OF THE HANGER, I DID TEAR ABOUT AN INCH AT THE SHOULDER ( AS SHOWN) WHICH IS NEXT TO THE SHOULDER SEAM, EASILY FIXED BY A GOOD SEAMSTRESS, ACKNOWLEDGING THIS THE PRICE SHOWN DEPICTS THAT.
THESE DRESSES ARE SUPER HARD TO COME BY AS EACH DRESS IS A ONE OFF DESIGN!! AND THIS DRESS IS RARE DUE TO THE LENGTH. MOST ARE KAFTANS- THIS ONE IS A DAY DRESS!!
ABOUT THE DESIGNER:
Fashion designer LaVetta Forbes was born on November 9, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Benjamin and Lillian Forbes. She began sewing at the age of six and in her teens worked for her aunt who was a dressmaker. In 1955, at the age of fifteen, Forbes moved to Los Angeles on her own and attended night school and found day work as a dress designer. Forbes then relocated to San Francisco and designed dresses for evening events. By the 1960s, Forbes was designing dresses for performers like Leslie Uggams, Lainie Kazan and the Supremes. Forbes entertained and hosted guests at the landmark Ambassador Hotel Coconut Grove and hosted luncheons to introduce and market her designs.
During the late 1970s, inspired by the use of scarf fabric, she created the LaVetta scarf dress. The collection of designs, made mostly from Oriental silk squares in flowered, geometric and paisley patterns, were 98% handmade with hems that were hand rolled, buttonholes hand bound and seams hand stitched. The scarves were used as dresses as well as tunics that were worn over pants. Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Alexis Smith and Helen Gurley Brown were among the La Vetta scarf dress collectors. With her business revitalized, the La Vetta clothing line became available at exclusive retailers including Giorgio’s and Neiman-Marcus in Beverly Hills, Saks Fifth Avenue and Martha’s in New York, Palm Beach and Bar Harbor. Her personal client list included; Lena Horne, Diana Ross, Nancy Walker, Beverly Sassoon, Alexis Smith, Jayne Meadows, Marge Champion, Mrs. Clark Gable, Mrs. Robert Stack, Mrs. George Woods, and Eleanor Howard.
In 1990, Forbes began publishing Beverly Hills 90212 a glossy bi-monthly magazine. Targeted to Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and adjacent upscale neighborhoods with a readership of 60,000, the publication was delivered free to homes around Beverly Hills and sold at newsstands.
Forbes has been a member of the Los Angeles Museum Costume Council and the Blue Ribbon 400. She also served as a board member for The Southeast Symphony Association.