Key to my heart hostess dress

This flowing, A-line maxi dress with charming flower and heart print features a tie at the bust, which not only creates a keyhole detail above the waist, but ensures a unique fit to its wearer, and would provide support and an ease of wear typical of lounge attire. Whether by the pool, hosting informal guests, or for wearing around the house, Canterbury's ranges of lounge and leisure wear had, by this point in the 1970s, long taken cues from the glamorous approach to leisurely lifestyles made popular by American fashion and culture.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Donna Tapurau
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Canterbury
Garment type: Maxi dress, hostess dress, leisurewear
Material: Printed synthetic knit
Features: Keyhole tie neckline, floor length, heart and floral print
Colour: Black, red, white
Last published: November 2021
Label: Canterbury Lounge Wear
Date: 1970s