1950s Helena Barbieri Champagne Silk Satin Beaded Dress
I am always so pleased to have a Helena Barbieri piece come into the shop as they are a rare label to find and each is very special. Her specialty was formal wear and her signatures included embellishment and decadent details making them much desired even now. You would be hard pressed to find modern counterparts as far as the workmanship and detailing in most of them. This one is so beautiful it takes my breathe away and could easily be used as a wedding gown for the bride looking for an alternative or simply as the evening gown that it was meant to be originally. The fabric is a rich, luxurious silk satin, in a champagne color that has just the slightest undertone of pink to it. Over this is a trailing flower design that runs over the strapless bodice, under the band at the waist and trails down and across the dress. This design is hand applied and made of floral lace cut outs that have hand applied sequins over them with little clusters of prong set rhinestone crystals to form each center. The skirt is cut on a slight Aline with a little more fabric at the back between two long inverted pleats. A romantic and extravagant bow sits at the base of the low back draping softly over the back and down to just above the knee. The lace and flower work is so finely done and such a romantic touch that it is quite beautiful. Barbieri specialized in evening wear and it is easy to see why her pieces are so highly prized. The construction of this dress is impeccable. It is drop dead gorgeous and in excellent overall condition with a small note on that below.
Unlined with pinked seams and boning through the bodice. The applique work and finishes are all hand done. Closes with a back painted metal zipper and the bow hooks into place. The interior of the bow is finished with tulle to give it a touch of fullness. There is a tiny bit of foxing/storage marks on the bow that get lost in the folds once it is on and draping but there are there. Some slight scuffing/small marks to the silk satin. All minor and it is really a work of art.
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 6" from top of bodice to seam under waist band
Length: 45" from seam under waist band to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.