The Peter Robinson Department Store was located on the corner of Oxford Street at Oxford Circus in London. Trying to encourage a younger and trendier clientele , Peter Robinson reinvented themselves as TopShop in the mid 1960s. The adopted ‘Top Shop’ name flourished and some point the Peter Robinson name was dropped altogether. Originally, Peter Robinson started as a silk draper in the early 1900s and to this date some of his items are displayed in the V&A Museum in London.
This dress is one of the original Peter Robinson dresses, so can be dated to the early 1960s. What a beautiful dress this is if only I could squeeze into it but sadly, that is not to be. This almost has a handmade feel to it and almost had me fooled until I saw the PR label. It has a simple yet chic sweetheart neckline, 1940s style bodice with rushing at the collarbone and short sleeves. The long flowing skirting flows from a double stitched waistband. An elegant 1940s inspired maxi gown.