1960s Michael Novarese Heavily Beaded Silk Pantsuit
This particular set is absolutely divine. I love that it is two pieces as you can break it up and wear them separate or as the suit as intended. This fabric is amazing - it is a rich, heavy cream silk that falls wonderfully and is of very high quality. Onto this is a design done in green gold tube beads and faux pearls, densely spaced applied to the cuffs, collar, hem and bottom of the pants. This really makes the set feel lush and rich in feel and the workmanship is exquisite. The pants are flat fronted and have a sleek flared leg that instantly adds a sense of height to the wearer. The tunic sits over the pants, skimming the torso and flaring out at the hip. It has a high neck, perfectly formed bodice and long sleeves. There is a simple fabric attached belt that circles the waist but it is set to give just a hint of shape. I love the wide, flared bead, sequin and pearl adorned sleeves - they are the perfect finish to the ensemble. Michael Novarese designed gowns for many of the stars during the 60s-80s 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 60s and seventies like this one. Excellent condition
Both pieces are fully lined in an off-white silk. The tunic closes with a hand set back painted metal zipper and the pants close with a hand set zipper and hook & eye at the waist. Hand finished throughout. The bead work is hand done and very heavy and dense - the workmanship on this set is exquisite.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 28" from neck to hem
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Samantha Angelo on Day 8 of Paris Fashion Week A/W16 (photo by @robertector)
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.