We’re thrilled to be able to offer this full length dress from the exclusive boutique Mexicana. Formed by renowned fashion illustrator Alfredo Bouret and London-based couturier John Cavanagh, it was home to some of the most dazzling dresses of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Bouret was born in Mexico in 1926, a love of fashion and illustration earned him a scholarship, which took him to Paris during the golden age of couture. Before long his illustrations were in demand and he was created work for Coco Chanel, Dior, Pierre Balmain, and Valentino. His talent was such that he was one of the few granted unique access to the reclusive Balencianga’s collections.
Most of all people adored Bouret’s illustrations of native costume from Mexico. This was brought to the fore in 1968 when the Olympics were hosted in Mexico City and people wanted to reference the countries textiles in their clothes.
Mexicano delighted London audiences with garments that celebrated Mexican art and culture, combined with the ultra contemporary silhouettes of the time.
It was a wonderful surprise to get hold of a Mexicano dress, it is exceptional in its construction and styling. It remains modern and fresh; more than enough to stand out for all of the right reasons, today.
Above: Illustration of a Balenciaga dress by Alfredo Bouret
Right: Alfredo Bouret Photographed by Vogue for Norman Parkinson