1960s Pat Sandler Gold Floral Print Metallic Maxi Dress
Pat Sandler was an American design that worked through the 1960s and 70s. He launched his label in the early 1960s after a stint with the Leonard Sunshine label. The label was well followed and was often used for editorial work during the time period, most notably on Lauren Hutton on several occasions. He was known for his more opulent pieces that featured bead work or gold lame thread like this dress does.
The dress is wonderful with its combination of all that gold thread woven through a backdrop of raspberry tones with pops of golden yellows. The gold that covers the fabric is incredible - I often see gold used over silk but this dress has its own distinct floral pattern woven from the gold that really gives it a beautiful added texture and design. The gold covered the dress from top to bottom and makes such an impact that you almost don't realize the added dimension created by a series of flat pleats that make up the bodice and waist. The top it is cut with a high neck and the sleeves are long and pouf out slightly above each cuff. The waist cinches in and is detailed and highlight by a band of fabric above and below it. The skirt is set into the waist with a series of soft pleats and these open to give the fullness that you see as the skirt sweeps to the ground. It is an absolutely gorgeous piece. Excellent condition.
Fully lined and a black silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each cuff closes with a hidden set fabric covered snap. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Note that it was too small around the waist on my mannequin and does of course do up properly at the back when on the right sized girl.Sleeves: 24"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips at the interior lining: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to bottom waist band
Skirt: 41" from bottom waist band to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.