Top Shop for Peter Robinson (Rare) 1970s Peek-a-Boo Maxi Bib Dress
Less a designer than a retail fashion outlet, Top Shop originated within the widely-known Peter Robinson stores in the early 1960s, and was aimed at a young high fashion demographic.
Exploiting the artistic talents of emerging designers such Mary Quant, Gerald McCann and fashion house Stirling Cooper, ‘Peter Robinson’s Top Shop’ opened its doors in 1964 and frequently stocked pieces from the likes of Jeff Banks, French Connection and Radley Cooper.
Through a corporate division in 1973, Top Shop became a standalone brand and continued to chase the thirteen to twenty four years-old market, going on to enjoy profitable growth and an expansion to over fifty-five stores nationwide.
With the launch of Topman in 1978, the company seized a healthy market share of the men’s clothing sector in the wake of a ‘bespoke’ downturn, although by the early 1980s the brand had undergone a significant makeover so as to remain a major player in the high street fashion scene.
Now held under private overseas ownership, Top Shop boasts roughly five hundred stores, with three hundred of those UK based, and shows no signs of stopping in its mission to dominate the low-cost clothing industry.
This beautiful piece has a glorious peek-a-boo bib/apron style bodice with crunching in all the right places and would probably have been worn with a tight-fitting body underneath, however, it can also be worn bare breasted if you feel confident enough.
The skirt itself is long and free flowing with another chance for frills at the hem, while the scooped neckline and the long belted ties to the back compliment the absolutely sensational print.
You simply cannot beat multicolour floral bursts on contrast dark fabric, which makes this a rare and collectable dress that is as stunning as it is timeless.
Designer Top Shop
Fabric No label present however looks and feels like cotton / viscose
Size Label reads UK 6 but will fit UK 8
Excellent (see condition chart)
Imperfections The fabric to the left front panelling appears to be a slightly different shade although not evidence of bleaching
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Neckline Opening 9″
Shoulder To Shoulder (across back) 12″
Bust (at widest point) 16″
Under Bust 14.5″
Length (collar to hem) 52.5″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The dress was not pinned for photography purposes