1960s Travilla Plunging Sequin Covered Couture Silk Dress
Travilla began as a costume designer before opening his own custom atelier in the 1950s. One of his most famous dresses was the iconic dress worn by Marilyn Monroe scintillating for the movie The Seven Year Itch. He closed his label in 1970 and then re-opened it in Spain where he designed form 1977 to 1990 when he passed away. This dress dates to the earlier endeavor in America we know it is from the 1960s. His work during this time period can be considered demi-couture and this gown is almost entirely, if not entirely made by hand. This dress is extraordinary. It is exquisite in both cut and design. The fabric is beautiful and I love that it is entirely covered in sequins over every inch of the dress. Under that covering of hand sewn sequins is a silk organza with a pretty pattern in deep red and coral. Onto that is a dense covering of hand applied, clear glossy sequins that give the dress a subtle shimmer. The front plunges right to the velvet ribbon waist detailing and the back ends just below that same velvet ribbon that circles the waist. The interior is lined in a silk chiffon that has the same print as the exterior layer even though you would never see this once the dress is on. The lining is entirely hand set. From that plunging hater, the skirt is falls to the floor and is constructed from yards and yards of fabric. It is absolutely beautiful when you move. If you love it in the photos you will be delighted when you see it in person. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a high grade silk chiffon that is printed. Through the bodice and to the waist it is lined in an additional layer of silk that is the same print as the exterior chiffon. This double layer gives it a slight padding so you can go bare underneath. There are modesty panels sewn under each arm - these could be removed if you want the sides to plunge to the ribbon detailing like the front and back do. It closes at the front with a low zipper below the velvet banding and a series of hook & eye and snaps hidden under the front flat bow. Hand finished.
Bust: 15-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist at band: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 44" 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.