1970s Ruben Panis Silver & Black Sequin Low Front & Back Dress
Ruben Panis was known for his flair for drama. He started off his career designing costumes for showgirls in Las Vegas and eventually honed his skills by working for both James Galanos and Norman Norell. His gowns were worn by many Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor. At the height of his career he was charging up to $5000 for a dress which at the time was an exorbitant amount. This is an excellent example of his work and very well made
A light silk chiffon base through the majority of the dress makes this gown much lighter on than it may appear with that dense and heavy coverage of sequins. The way it is cut is very old Hollywood. The dress is sleeveless with and the bodice is plunged at both the front and the back, right to the seam that runs under the bust. Here the silver and black rows are set to angle down towards the center. This is then contrasted on the skirt where they are set on a angle that wraps around the body. The skirt is long and lean with a side slit to allow you to walk. All of the sequins are hand sewn into place in double rows of silver alternating with black. The overall effect - especially at a distance is really extraordinary. This is an excellent example of his work and very well made. Take particular note of the way that all of the rows line up at the seams whenever they can. That takes extra time, care and planning that gives you an idea of the quality of the dress. Excellent condition.
The bodice is fully lined in a black silk and the skirt is backed with a black chiffon. It closes with a back, painted metal & nylon zipper at the low back. Note that the back zips up a little more then shown, It was too small on the mannequin to zip the last 3-ish inches
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Under bust: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17,5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of shoulder to center front
Skirt: 44" from center waist seam to hem with another 2.5" turned up under hem
Side slit: 21" from hem up
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.