First, let’s talk about prints. There are some prints that you really don’t even need a label in order to identify them: Lilly Pulitzer, Pucci, Liberty. You might even add the 1970s knit prints designed by Diane von Furstenberg to go with her wrap dress and other simple designs.
In 1976, not only could you buy a DVF wrap dress, you could make the very same dress, using the pattern released by Vogue, and her official fabrics, which were produced by Cohama Fabric. I love the idea of being able to actually buy the designer fabrics in one’s local fabric store. Yes, I know you can buy Pulitzer and Liberty prints, but can you imagine there being an Oscar de la Renta and a Prada section in the fabric store?
An interesting thought, because there well may be a Prada section – sort of. Miuccia Prada used at least five Lilly prints in her 2012 Resort collection. (Start with #15. You can’t see the Lilly signatures, but they are there. Prada also used Lilly prints in her menswear Spring/summer 2012 collection.)
I don’t know where Cohama produced this fabric, but I found it in one of the little textile producing towns that dotted the North Carolina landscape. I love visiting the antique and thrift stores in this type of town because I’ve found some incredible textiles over the years.
There is not enough for a dress, but what about a wrap blouse?