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1970s Jon Shannon Multi Lace "Valencien" Mini Dress
This is the 4th Jon Shannon creation to grace the pages of Swank Vintage. Each has been a marvel, made of a mix of vintage and modern fabrics. Shannon was a costume designer for Hollywood and Broadway, but it seems his true love was creating these intricate dresses.
This lovely dress still has its original tags. It retailed for $340 back in the day.
The hand written and signed hang tag reads "Valencine" which would be what he named the creation. "Handcrafted by Jon Shannon, hand worked antique laces, cotton, nyesta (I think that's the name of the manufactures of the cotton), dry clean".
The base of the dress is cream color cotton with a darker beige over-sized paisley print. The dress was then adorned with the antique laces down the flared sleeves, across the shoulders and down the front. The bits of lace in the front are especially fine with two areas of embroidery, the top is very fine petite point roses and in the middle it is stitched embroidered flowers. Down the sides of this front panel are strips of eyelet. The dress is lined in a silky synthetic and the dress has a back zipper closure. This dress would be wonderful for a mod-loving bride looking for something vintage, unique, and romantic, or perhaps for someone attending a garden party or a special spring event.
condition: new - perfect