1970s James Galanos Couture Purple Silk Chiffon Print Dress
This spectacular couture creation from James Galanos is a masterpiece in line and drape. He uses silk chiffon printed with huge purple blossoms and wraps and drapes it over the body. The cut of the skirt literally is wrapped around the body and then this draping is secured by the seaming through the waist. Where it secures at the side of the waist you can see that the skirt is actually made up of three full layers of silk - the top printed layer, a middle layer of a solid purple and the innermost layer that is a startling green silk chiffon. This green just peeks through the ruffled drop of silk when you move to give an unexpected and bold splash of color. The way it is gathered up along one side also helps to create the illusion of height. The silk chiffon of the bodice has a scooped neck and each sleeve billows about a slim and fitted cuff. I love that the back buttons from nape to waist and the entire bodice actually sits over a more fitted, tank style interior. The original tie sash is present and can be used to define the waist more as I have done for these photos, or you could tie it at the neck, or even used as a head scarf. Excellent condition
The interior bodice is constructed from two layers of silk chiffon and the exterior layer over this is unlined. The skirt has three layers as described above. It closes with a low, hidden set painted metal zipper that is hand set onto the interior dress. The exterior layer over the bodice closes with silk covered buttons and hook and eye. Each sleeve closes with a zipper. Bias cut so there is some play with the measurements. Appears unworn.
Shoulder: approx 14"
Bust: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Scarf: 15" x approx 140"
Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.