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John Bates for Jean Varon (1938)

The British dressmaker John Bates, designed from the 1960s to the 1980s under the name Jean Varon, an affordable feminine fashion. His signature looks were the Empire line, the see-through mesh dresses and his flowing and bright chiffon gowns. He is often recognized as the initial creator of miniskirts and plastic garments.

Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1966
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1966
Jean Shrimpton as Mrs Emma Peel from The Avengers, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1965
Jean Shrimpton as Mrs Emma Peel from The Avengers, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1965
Jean Shrimpton as Mrs Emma Peel from The Avengers, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1965
Jean Shrimpton as Mrs Emma Peel from The Avengers, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Peter Mullett, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Peter Mullett, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Barry Lategan for Vogue, 1971
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Barry Lategan for Vogue, 1971
Maudie James in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1967
Maudie James in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by Traeger for Vogue, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by Traeger for Vogue, 1967
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, 1963
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, 1963
Jean Shrimpton in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1965
Jean Shrimpton in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1965
Patrick Macnee as John Steed and Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Emma's Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Patrick Macnee as John Steed and Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Emma's Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Wedding Dress, photographed by Norman Parkinson for Vogue, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Wedding Dress, photographed by Norman Parkinson for Vogue, 1967
John Bates for Jean Varon, Wedding Ensemble, 1966, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Bates for Jean Varon, Wedding Ensemble, 1966, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, in Vogue, 1970
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, in Vogue, 1970
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon Fashion Show, 1975
John Bates for Jean Varon Fashion Show, 1975
Grace Coddington in John Bates for Jean Varon Mini-Dress, 1960s
Grace Coddington in John Bates for Jean Varon Mini-Dress, 1960s
Grace Coddington in John Bates for Jean Varon Mini-Dress, 1960s
Grace Coddington in John Bates for Jean Varon Mini-Dress, 1960s
Hazel in John Bates for Jean Varon Ensemble, photographed by Frank Barratt, 1973
Hazel in John Bates for Jean Varon Ensemble, photographed by Frank Barratt, 1973
Jean Shrimpton in John Bates for Jean Varon Mini-Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
Jean Shrimpton in John Bates for Jean Varon Mini-Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
John Bates at the Noel Street office, ca. 1967
John Bates at the Noel Street office, ca. 1967
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Patrick Macnee as John Steed Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Emma's Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Patrick Macnee as John Steed Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Emma's Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Sketch, 1974, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Bates for Jean Varon, Sketch, 1974, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
John Bates at work, photographed by by Chris Ware, 1965
John Bates at work, photographed by by Chris Ware, 1965
John Bates at work, photographed by by Chris Ware, 1965
John Bates at work, photographed by by Chris Ware, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Evening Dress, 1974, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Bates for Jean Varon, Evening Dress, 1974, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Bates for Jean Varon, Advertisement, in Woman’s Mirror, 1966
John Bates for Jean Varon, Advertisement, in Woman’s Mirror, 1966
Marie in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1974
Marie in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1974
John Bates for Jean Varon, Wedding Dress, photographed by Sandra Lousada, 1960
John Bates for Jean Varon, Wedding Dress, photographed by Sandra Lousada, 1960
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by David Hurn for Honey Magazine, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by David Hurn for Honey Magazine, 1965
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Cape, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Cape, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Cape, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Cape, 1967
John Bates for Jean Varon, Day Dress, 1975-1976
John Bates for Jean Varon, Day Dress, 1975-1976
John Bates for Jean Varon, Foxtrot Dress, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Foxtrot Dress, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Vogue, 1971
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Vogue, 1971
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Guy Bourdin for Nova, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Guy Bourdin for Nova, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Guy Bourdin for Nova, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Guy Bourdin for Nova, 1972
John Bates for Jean Varon, Ensemble, photographed by Traeger for Vogue, 1966
John Bates for Jean Varon, Ensemble, photographed by Traeger for Vogue, 1966
John Bates for Jean Varon, PVC Dress, 1967, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Bates for Jean Varon, PVC Dress, 1967, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Maudie James in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
Maudie James in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
John Bates, John Siddons and model, in Telegraph Magazine, 1973
John Bates, John Siddons and model, in Telegraph Magazine, 1973
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, in Vogue, 1967
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, in Vogue, 1967
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Cilla Black and Bobby Willis at their wedding, Dress by John Bates for Jean Varon, 1968
Cilla Black and Bobby Willis at their wedding, Dress by John Bates for Jean Varon, 1968
John Bates for Jean Varon, Evening Dress, 1973
John Bates for Jean Varon, Evening Dress, 1973
Patti Boyd in Dress John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by Ronald Traeger for Vogue, 1965
Patti Boyd in Dress John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by Ronald Traeger for Vogue, 1965
Patti Boyd in Dress John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by Ronald Traeger for Vogue, 1965
Patti Boyd in Dress John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by Ronald Traeger for Vogue, 1965
Patti Boyd in Dress John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by Ronald Traeger for Vogue, 1965
Patti Boyd in Dress John Bates for Jean Varon, photographed by Ronald Traeger for Vogue, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, ca. 1973, Fashion Museum in Bath, UK
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, ca. 1973, Fashion Museum in Bath, UK
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
John Bates for Jean Varon, Sketches for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, ca. 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Sketches for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, ca. 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Advertisement, in RAVE, 1967
John Bates for Jean Varon, Advertisement, in RAVE, 1967
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Jeanloup Sieff for The Telegraph Magazine, 1969
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, photographed by Jeanloup Sieff for The Telegraph Magazine, 1969
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
Diana Rigg as Mrs Emma Peel for The Avengers created by Sydney Newman, Costume by John Bates for Jean Varon, ca. 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, in Vogue, 1970
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dress, in Vogue, 1970
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographedby Justin de Villeneuve for Vogue, 1969
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographedby Justin de Villeneuve for Vogue, 1969
John Bates for Jean Varon, Smock, photographed by David Hurn, 1970
John Bates for Jean Varon, Smock, photographed by David Hurn, 1970
John Bates for Jean Varon, Ensemble, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Ensemble, 1965
Pattie Boyod and Jill Kenington in John Bates for Jean Varon (l) and Sugar Daddy by California (r) Dresses, photographed by Peter Rand for Vanity Fair, 1965
Pattie Boyod and Jill Kenington in John Bates for Jean Varon (l) and Sugar Daddy by California (r) Dresses, photographed by Peter Rand for Vanity Fair, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Skirt, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1970
John Bates for Jean Varon, Skirt, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1970
John Bates and models, 1960s
John Bates and models, 1960s
John Bates for Jean Varon, Ensemble, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Ensemble, 1965
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dresses, in Vanity Fair, 1971
John Bates for Jean Varon, Dresses, in Vanity Fair, 1971
Jean Shrimpton in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1965
Jean Shrimpton in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1965
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress,  photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1967
Twiggy in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1967
Celia Hammond in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1960s
Celia Hammond in John Bates for Jean Varon Dress, 1960s
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