This is our black bell sleeve dress, inspired by the styles of the late 1960's and early 1970's.
We may remember bell sleeves and bell bottoms as originating in the 60's and 70s but the flamboyant bell sleeve has a history dating back much further.
The bell sleeve made its first appearance in medieval western fashion as the sleeve of a Chasuble, a cloak worn, only, by clergy. This garment featured very large, wide bell sleeves that arched on the sides. However, the religious connotations quickly dissolved, and by the 1500’s the style had been snapped up by royalty and nobility.
Of course these wealthy fashionistas adopted the bell sleeve with a dramatic flair. For the Upper Classes the rule was " the bigger the better" and this included their sleeves. They donned wide, draping sleeves, usually embellished with embroidery or fur.
This style began in France, as most iconic fashion trends always have, but soon made it's way to England
The London fashion elite of the Elizabethan era adored wide sleeves because the wide fabric around the wrist left more room for embellishment: frills, pleats, lace, . Again, the bigger (and more embellished) the better.
During the 1960's film and theatre saw a revival of medieval plays and the costumes inspired fashion designers. The large sleeve bell sleeve was back!
This black bell sleeve dress has a beautiful chainette fringing embellishment all along the sleeve edge. The belt included has two matching chainette tassels, giving the outfit a Gothic medieval feel, while cinching in the waist.
We have made this dress from a super soft jersey ponte roma fabric which has a slight stretch to it, making it easy to put on and extremely comfortable to wear.
We do have a size guide page but we've also added a size chart below. Find your measurements and compare them to this guide to choose your size.
THIS ITEM IS LOVINGLY HANDMADE, PLEASE ALLOW 5 WORKING DAYS BEFORE DISPATCH