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Dorothée Bis knitted dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by emmasknitwear, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. emmasknitwear

    emmasknitwear Registered Guest

    Hi everyone! I found this dress in a thrift shop a while ago. Labeled: Dorothée Bis, a French fashion label, especially for knitwear, founded 1958 by Jacqueline and Elie Jacobson. As far as I know they made knitted dresses during the 60s in mini, midi and maxi, more multi-layered fashion during the 70s and a lot of glamourized designs during the 80s. My question is: Is it 60s, 70s, or 80s? There is also a matching two-colored knitted belt. The collar can be buttoned up. The colorblocking design looks like 80s. But it also feels very 1960 - figure-hugging, rib knitted, no padded shoulders, and nearly ankle-length. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance! Emma

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  2. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    Bis is notoriously difficult to date because its not trendily following the leading fashion, but rather stays on the artsy side of classic styling. However, with that hem length, I would think its somewhere from the late 70s to early 80s...
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  3. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Oh...I love that!
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  4. emmasknitwear

    emmasknitwear Registered Guest

    Hmmm - yes, but the hem length might also fit to a maxi dress from the 60s. There is a Dorothée Bis label from the 70s here on the VFG, it looks different. It's really difficult :(
  5. Midge

    Midge Super Moderator Staff Member

    This is beautiful! Going by the care label and the collar style, I would also tend to 80s. Here's an 80s pattern with a similar style collar that I acquired recently:
    Burda 7132_1.jpg
  6. emmasknitwear

    emmasknitwear Registered Guest

    Okay - thanks everybody!
  7. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    I just noticed its a heavy ribbed knit - so definitely early 80s. If it were 70s it would be a fine knit.
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  8. Joyatri

    Joyatri VFG Member

    @emmasknitwear I was researching a sweater I have with the same label on this site: https://www.europeana.eu/en/search?page=1&view=grid&query=Dorothée Bis (If that link doesn't work, just search for "Dorothée Bis" on the main page of that site.

    I found your dress. It's from the autumn/winter 1977 women's ready-to-wear collection: https://www.europeana.eu/en/item/2048232/europeana_fashion_54627313_jpg

    @Jonathan It looks like she used heavy and fine ribs in the 1970s and 1980s (I looked at all 1440 images).

    Unfortunately, I didn't find my sweater (which I've worn to death), but I believe it's late 1970s/very early 1980s.
    bis1.jpg bis2.jpg
  9. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    I should have stuck with my first thoughts... the ribbing is odd for the 70s, but that's Bis!
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  10. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  11. emmasknitwear

    emmasknitwear Registered Guest

    Thank you!
  12. emmasknitwear

    emmasknitwear Registered Guest

    Wow!!! You're fantastic!! Thank you so much!!!
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