1970s Bob Mackie Floral Print Silk Chiffon Corset Dress & Matching Cape
This stunning and rare gown was designed by Bob Mackie. Mackie shot for fame with the work he did dressing Cher. The best of his work is dramatic and opulent and he was a master at print and color. He worked for both Edith Head and Jean Louis, where he drew Marilyn Monroe's famous 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' dress, prior to working as a costume designer and co-designing with Ray Aghayan. That led to his incredible journey in designing for stars like Cher and Diana Ross for many years. In many ways it was his work and his creations that really defined their careers and helped to shape that entire idea of high glamour.
This is an extremely gorgeous Bob Mackie dress done in a vivid floral silk chiffon. The bodice is fully formed and molded inside and the silk is then draped and shaped over that inner support. It is set so that is created a large cross over at the front which highlights the shape of the bust and emphasizes the high peak of the front bust line. The skirt flows out from under there with panels of silk chiffon that float around you and cascade to the floor. There are literally yards and yards of fabric through that skirt and when you move it is just incredible. It is cut to cure up at the front and under the top print layer are two more layers of a solid coral silk chiffon. All the silk is cut on the bias so it has incredible movement. The dress comes with its original matching cape piece. This buttons at the neck and is cut to mimic the curve of the skirt. The color is a bright tropical feeling print and it is truly one of the best dresses of his that I have seen. Very high end and very dramatic. Excellent condition with one small note below
The bodice of the dress is fully lined in a red silk. The skirt has two inner layers of coral silk that follow the line of the outer layer. The bodice is shaped and and fully boned inside and has an inner waist stay that hooks to close. It then closes with a back painted metal zipper. Hand finished throughout and hand rolled edges. There are some small repairs to the edge of the hem of the cape
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of the high peaked bodice to bottom of inner waist
Skirt: 45" from waist to longest part of hem
Cape: approx 60"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.