1960s Stavropoulos Gold Embroidered Ivory Silk One Shoulder Dress & Coat
George Stavropoulos was known for his evening wear and his signature looks focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. He launched his label in 1960 and soon was dressing women like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Barbra Streisand and Maria Callas. His dresses were made by hand and to couture standards. By the early 1980s a gown by him started at around $8500 and they went up in cost from there - that starting price point equals to around $26,000US in today's dollars. So when you buy a vintage Stavropoulos piece you are getting incredible value for your money. The only reason his work is not under the actual Haute Couture category is because he was not an official member of the association.
This came from the estate of a woman who was a personal friend of George Stavropoulos and the set was custom made for her. It is incredible and you are really getting two couture level garments that you can easily wear as a set or separately. Very fine, high end silk was used to create both pieces. The silk that was used is very fine tissue silk in the perfect ivory. It has a stunning metallic gold thread embroidered and woven directly into the silk that forms borders, panels and the scattered motifs that you see. All of these are placed to highlight the design and cut of each piece. As a result is has an exotic Indian sari feel to it that has been westernized to combine the two ideals perfectly. Pieces were still being made specifically for the Western market and designers like Stavropoulos were using the beautiful, traditional silks that were now available. The dress is cut with a single shoulder that is made from a panel of the gold that runs up the side of the dress. The bodice is fitted with a hidden more structured interior. The waist curves in and then the skirt falls under that mixing the cream and gold parts beautifully. The jacket is cut to be oversized with just past the elbow sleeves and a loose cut. It is full and has lots of volume. It is so well made you could flip it inside out and wear it. I love the contrast between the volume of the coat with the fitted dress underneath. It is beautifully made and very light. Excellent condition with a couple of minor notes below
Both pieces are fully lined in an ivory tissue silk. The dress closes with a back, hand set painted metal zipper and the jacket has no closures. The interior of the bodice is shaped and boned. All hand finished throughout to demi-couture standards and beautifully made throughout. On the dress I see the tiniest ares of fraying along the top of the fold near the one shoulder panel. There is the slightest of yellowing to the silk on the other side but it really only shows in certain lights and barely even then. The gold thread used has real metal in it and this has tarnished slightly over the years. Please review the final four photos after the label shot. The coat is pristine. I will also include a matching scarf that is not photoed. It has hand rolled edges and measures 77" x 16"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from shoulder to hem
Sleeves: approx 19"
Shoulders: no true shoulder seam
Bust-hem: 24 widening to 29" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED for the dress, The coat is OSFA
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.