1970s Stravopolous Romantic Floral & Bird Print Silk Chiffon Dress
George Stavropoulos was an amazing designer and his work is extremely overlooked in my opinion. He was known for his evening wear and his signature looks often involved draping and the use of multiple layers of silk done on a bias cut. He did not like overt, flashy ornamentation and instead focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. It was said that his gowns "seemed to float on air". He launched his label in 1960 and soon was dressing women like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Barbra Streisand and Maria Callas. The majority of his gowns are almost entirely 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 $26,000 in today's dollars. So when you buy a vintage Stavropoulos gown you are getting incredible value for your money. The only reason many of his gowns are not considered Haute Couture is because he was not an official member of the association.
This is a wonderful example of his work. The print that covers the exterior layer of silk is a beautiful combination of different purples mixed with greens. It is completely made of a fine silk chiffon and through the skirt alone there are four layers of the finest, lightest silk laid over each other. All of the silk used is bias cut which gives the dress incredible movement as you move. You will note that I have photoed the dress with that scoop showing at both the front and the back. I did this because I am actually not sure which way it is meant to sit. It completely sits fabulously on the body both ways and I suspect that on each person one way will feel better then the other - or if you are lucky, it will be like you are getting two dresses in one. The sleeves are very full and each is caught up at the wrist so that they pouf out beautifully. I love the floral print. It is a work of art, very romantic and ethereal in feel and even better in person then how it photoed. Excellent condition.
The inner layers of silk act as the lining and there are a total of 5 layers of silk in the skirt and another single layer through the bodice. The sleeves are left unlined. It closes with a low hand set, painted metal zipper on the inner layers and hidden snaps to cover the zipper on the outer.
Slightly inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner lining hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist 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.