Wu Zetian Women's Dress Cornflower Ikat with Coconut Hand Smocking


For women with an empire state of mind. Named after the only woman to rule China’s empire in her own right, comes this brand new smocked frock for Spring Summer 2024. The silhouette takes its shape from the spectacular triangular smocked panel on the front and back which pleats acres of sensational cornflower ikat cotton into a twirl-tastic maxi dress. The front button placket, tiny buttons, smocked cuffs and dainty frill collar keep the silhouette streamlined, skilfully balancing the dramatic volume to create a vision as commanding and beguiling as the woman she was named after. 

Please note the ML size runs large. 

  • Hand smocked
  • Limited edition
  • Button down closure on front
  • Elasticated Waist
  • Tie Sash 
  • 60% cotton, 40% linen
  • Machine wash cold, gentle wash
  • Wash with similar colours
S/M / UK 6-10 / USA 2-6 102 70 120
M/L / UK 12-16 / USA 8-12 114 74 130

All of our pieces are designed to be passed down generations when handled with care.

  • Gentle machine or hand wash at low temperature with mild detergent
  • Slow spin with very low centrifuge. Spinning Smocks at high speeds may dislodge stitches and risks damaging the hand work
  • Air dry if possible
  • Iron at low temperatures
  • Wash with similar colours
  • Keep away from fire
  • Standard UK delivery is free for orders over £100. For orders under £100 delivery is £4.95 (Standard delivery) and £9.50 for Express delivery. 

    We deliver internationally and shipping is calculated automatically at the checkout.

    We offer delivery to the USA with either a postal service (approx 10 days) or a faster courier service with DHL (approx 5 days). Delivery to the USA is FREE for orders over $250.

    If your country is not listed below, please email us for an International Shipping quote. 

    All overseas orders are shipped duties unpaid, therefore orders shipped outside of the UK may be subject to VAT, customs taxes and duties. This cost is the responsibility of the customer and is payable on receipt of goods. Please check your local customs tax and duty costs as duties must be paid before the goods are released.


    Delivery Service Cost Delivery Duration 
    UK Standard £4.95 3 - 5 days
    UK Express £9.50 Next working day if ordered before noon (*orders placed on a non working day will be delivered after 2 working days)


    £15 Approx 5 working days

    Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Singapore

    USA, Canada (postal service)








    Approx 10 working days 

    Approx 10 days 


    Approx 5 days

    Australia £20
    Approx 10 working days

    Middle East

    Approx 10 working days

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