Simplicity 5628

While I was familiar with this style from my youth, I never knew the name.

After the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad found this vintage 1973 pattern at a thrift store, I discovered it’s called a caftan.  In the past it was considered an garment to be worn over other garments.  By the 1970s, a caftan had come into its own as a single dress – worn in a multitude of styles, and undergarments optional.  Popular with musicians, hippies – and Elizabeth Taylor – the fashion trend symbolized freedom and a free spirited life. presumably shapeless,  the dress design manages to hang in a very distinctive way – flowing and soft.

The style endures to this day in both its original overgarment form, or as a stylish dress or throw made in silk or soft materials.

Caftan Dresses

Homedale School Grade 8 home economics class fashion show, 1977

Home Ec Fashion Show, 1977 – Courtesy Elgin County Archives

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1972 – Scan from Patrick Peccatte

Caftans

My sisters in their caftans – Summer 1973

Quilting Overload Caftan 1973

Quilting Overload Caftan 2 1973


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