The “Forever Dress” was originally presented by Penthouse Gallery in 1985, although the company had been making versions of this style for over 20 years prior! The name, “Forever Dress” was trademarked in 1984 by Penthouse Gallery, Inc. and many of these wonderful dresses have since surfaced, still as vibrant today as when they first debuted in the world of fashion. I’ve had a few of these great dresses for sale and they always seem to be still in demand. What certainly makes them so appealing is the fact that the classic shirt dress style is “forever” and the marvelous Catherine Ogust prints are so attractive and colorful! The bold shades exhibited on a white background in this dress offered here for your approval are Chocolate Brown, Black, Hot Pink, Turquoise, Dresden Blue, Tan and Lime Green. The print is geometric and modern and then, there are the iconic knotted cloth buttons that always grace these Ogust print dresses…..6 in all on a placket just below the Mandarin style collar. The ¾ length sleeves are photographed with the cuffs up, but of course, they can be worn without being turned up if preferred. There are slit pockets on each side of the dress and generous slits on each side at the bottom hemline of the dress. This 1980s Catherine Ogust for Penthouse “Forever Dress” can be worn comfortably loose without the Obi style cloth sash (which is, in this case, original to the dress….so many have been lost over time and often another belt is substituted) or with the sash for a more tailored look. I have chosen to show this dress on the mannequin with the sash being worn totally on the outside, but please note that the sash can also be worn another way. There are slits for the sash on each side of the dress that allow the wearer to thread the sash threw these openings to allow the back of the dress to be loose while the front of the dress shows the sash tied. This is quite a neat option! Either way you may choose to wear the sash, the Ogust Forever dresses always make a strong statement of fashion with so very little effort!
Condition: Very Good
This dress must have been originally very long on the former owner as it has been shortened just by turning the bottom hemline up and whip stitching it in place. If the new owner should prefer it to be longer, it would be no problem to remove these stitches and return the hemline to it’s original length. There is a very slight bit of soiling in the back of the inner collar and there is a spot on the lower left front side that I have shown in one of the photos. There is also a spot on the left hand side of the collar that is so faint you can hardly see it without looking very closely.
Label: Catherine Ogust for Penthouse Gallery Inc., Hand Wash Cool Water, Mild Suds, No Bleach, Rinse Well, Warm Iron, 100% Cotton, Made in Japan (Japan is missing from the label as the label is frayed, but I know this is what is on the label as I’ve seen this label enough to know these dresses are made in Japan)
And, as always, the designer’s last name, Ogust, is incorporated into the print numerous times throughout the pattern and in several colors, no less….Brown and Lime Green!
Size: One Size
Even though the size in the dress is indicated as being “One Size”, please refer to Measurements given below as this dress is close to Size 10 by today’s standards. Of course it can be worn loose fitting without the sash and it does give a little more leeway when worn in this fashion.
Taken with dress laid out flat, with sash untied and loose.
Hip Area: 50”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18”
Outer Sleeve Cuff Rolled Up: 14”
Inner Sleeve Cuff Rolled Up: 11”
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 52”
Total Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 59”
Sash: 85” Long x 5” Wide
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