1970s Geoffrey Beene Couture Silk Dress w Semi-Transparent Inset
Geoffrey Beene was one of the great American fashion designers and he was recognized for both his artistic and technical skills. He launched his label in 1963 and a piece from his very first collection landed the cover of Vogue. A Coty award followed a year later and in 1984 the Council of Fashion Designers created the annual Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award in honor of Beene's fashion legacy. This dress is representative of just how wonderful his work could get. The bodice above the lame tie that wraps around the waist has high capped shoulders and a puffed short sleeve with lots of volume. The silk used is a high quality silk taffeta and the color is an incredible blend of a silver toned grey with that wonderful black floral print that covers the dress. This sits above that incredible waist detail. Attached at the waist are long ties made of a semi-transparent metallic sill lame. An inset panel of that same fabric anchors the ties and create a block of color that accents your middle. As the long ties wrap around the body the layering of them make the fabric opaque but where this fabric connects the upper bodice to the skirt you do get a glimpse of skin under the fabric. You can style the ties to take advantage of that or tie them so that it completely cover it. This play on transparent cut-outs is a staple of Beene's work that you see in his early work but here he takes it to a more sophisticated level. Below the waist the printed silk continues and fall to the floor in a cascade of silver and black. Yards of it are used in the skirt so when you move you can really get a sense of its fullness. I love that the underskirt has an edging done in a wide panel of is black lace. When you move or sit you get just a peek of it. Excellent condition.
The skirt is fully lined in a black silk chiffon that is edged with a wide panel of black lace at the hem. The bodice is also lined in a black silk chiffon. It close with a series of fabric covered buttons down the back and a low back zipper. Inner waist stay that hooks to close. Each sleeve has elastic in its cuff. The ties are attached and you can wrap as you wish. It appears to have never been worn, or worn very little.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to bottom waist seam
Skirt: 40" from waist seam to bottom hem
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.