Armstrongs returns to Ebay this week and we have unearthed some absolute gems from the archive. At auction as I type away we have some vintage Burberry and Aquascutum for the gents, and an array of 1950s lace prom dresses for the ladies not to mention a vintage Harris Tweed 50s swing coat. Our star item has to be an original 1950s Lewis Leather Biker jacket but there is one other item that is getting its fair share of the lime-light; a 1970s Jean Varon maxi dress. I have done some further investigation to expose a little of the history behind this lesser known brand.
This label from a piece Bates designed in 1973 is an exact replica of the label inside our maxi dress pictured above and allows us to precisely date our item. I have also located a similar item from the same year in none other than The V&A archive! To offer a stylistic comparison we also came across this later 1980s Tom Bowker design for Jean Varon. While not as collectable this too is a beautiful item and just goes to show that while label design may imitate the times, a brand must always keep one step ahead to survive!