1970s Michael Novarese Tiered Red Silk Chiffon Dress
Michael Novarese designed gowns for many of the stars during the 1960s and 1980s including the likes of Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dinah Shore, Elizabeth Taylor and many others. I love his work, particularly the earlier pieces from the 1960s and seventies like this one is from. The brilliant red color alone gives this gown that high impact feel and his choice of fabric creates a beautiful flowing effect once the dress is on a real girl. The cut is wonderful with flowing tiers and layers of that fine, red silk chiffon set in spiraled layers over each other on the skirt. This gives the entire gown a feeling of airiness and lightness as the chiffon moves lightly as you move. The sleeves have this same spiraled and tiered effect in their construction giving the piece a wonderful balance. The bodice is kept simple and sweet with a softly scooped neckline that is cut wide for a touch of collarbone to show. A silk chiffon belt in the same red cinches in the waist to give the dress shape, or you can wear the dress without the belt and keep the cut more loose and easy and caftan feeling. Excellent condition with one small item to note below.
Lined in a matching red silk and closes with a series of hook & eye and snaps that conceal the zipper from the waist down as to not interfere with the line of the skirt. Under that lies a painted metal zipper. One very tiny mark on the bodice that would not photo. The price reflects this. More of a true red in person. It has its original chiffon sash and a chiffon covered belt that attaches by snaps to the waist. Note the belt shows some wear but is included as it is original to the dress.
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to 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.