1973 Scott Barrie Pretty Floral Silk Chiffon Backless Dress
Scott Barrie was one of a group of black designers and models based out of New York's Seventh Avenue in the late 1960s. He quickly became known for his sexy designs and in particular how evening wear. Naomi Sims was a fan. His own label closed in the early 80s when he went on to join Krizia where he worked up to just before his passing in 1993 of brain cancer. This gives us a very small window for his work and since many of his pieces were of very limited production and the early pieces were even made by him out of his apartment on a makeshift cutting table and domestic sewing machine. To me this makes each of his found pieces that mush more special.
This dress is stunning and shows his range with fabric and the more romantic side of his work. He is known for his work in stretch jerseys but I rather love this silk chiffon dress, maybe even more then some of his jerseys. It is very sexy in a very pretty and romantic kind of way. It is made from a bias cut, almost weightless silk chiffon that is printed with huge pink and coral tropical flowers on a vivid green backdrop. It is almost too pretty for words and the silk seems to almost float around you when you move. The bodice is fitted and each sleeve is a pretty flutter of silk. The back is left completely open and bare with a small ruffle of silk edging the opening. It is just absolutely stunning. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a green tissue silk and closes with a low back zipper and ties behind the neck. There are some teeny tiny watermarks on the skirt here and there - they do not detract because of the pattern but are present if you inspect it closely and flat with the fabric spread out.
Bust: variable with no true side seams
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to slightly dropped waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to front hem, 44" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Apollonia in Scott Barrie for Vogue US, September 1973. Photo by Richard Avedon.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.