Presenting a wonderful late 60's La Mendola, Made in Italy, silk dress. This dress features a black, blue and light blue abstract print, long sleeves, concealed back zip closure and a black silk lining. It is labeled to the interior, “Made in Italy, La Mendola, 10, 100% Pure Silk”. The pictures don't do this dress justice. It has a wonderful wide flared skirt and the silk material is just divine.
Label: La Mendola
Size: 10 (Italian Size from 1960, please see measurements)
Shoulders: 15 1/2’’
BEST FITS: S (see measurements)
CONDITION: Excellent Vintage Condition
La Mendola was started by Americans Mike La Mendola and Jack Savage. They met in Rome in 1960 while working together on a movie. They decided to open their own dressmaking and retail establishment in Rome. For several years they worked out of the back of a beauty salon, but slowly their business became a shopping destination. By 1967 they had a shop at the top of the Spanish Steps and were holding fashion shows. They had a celebrity clientele that included Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth.
The pair produced dramatic clothing in bright colors, clothing that was very much in the Italian style of the day. The shop lasted at least until 1982.
Source: Vintage Fashion Guild
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com, lkranieri Thanks to Tom Clark for additional information.