The Savannilla button-up dress is made of cotton poplin in the Kaksoset and Mini Unikko patterns, which are printed in Helsinki. The dress has a button closure, gathers at the front yoke seam, and a wide, separate O-ring belt. The sleeve ends have single-button cuffs with slits and the hemline has a rounded cut and side slits.
Marimekko’s famous poppy pattern Unikko was born in 1964 in a time when the design house’s collections featured mostly abstract prints. Designer Maija Isola wanted to create something interesting from this organic theme and designed an entire range of floral prints. Today, the iconic flower represents creativity.
Throughout her career, Maija Isola was both a print designer and a painter, and she often used the same motif in a painting as well as a fabric pattern. A good example is the pair of cats in the Kaksoset (twins) pattern, which appears in an almost identical form in a gouache painted by Isola.