1970s James Galanos Couture Deep Yellow Silk & Chiffon Plunge Dress
James Galanos made couture-level gowns with a level of craftsmanship that left France’s most esteemed couturiers with their mouths agape. The immaculate construction of Galanos’ gowns oozed luxury, privilege, and high society (with price points to match). He was a master cutter and he used couture techniques in his gowns. Here he combines a deep yellow silk crepe with a silk chiffon in the same shade to create one of a beautiful dress that effortless combine sensuality with decorum. That element of sexuality hidden behind illusion is a trait that the best of his dresses share. Galanos was particularly known for his work in silks and chiffon and this gown combines the two brilliantly. The main body of the dress is made of a silk crepe and this fabric choice is especially brilliant as it has a touch of stretch to it that makes it very comfortable to wear despite its sculpted look. Underneath the plunging halter cut of the bodice is a layer of silk chiffon that allows for the dramatic plunging cut that goes right to the waist while still keep your modesty. The back is left bare under the single layer of silk chiffon that covers that, and a long keyhole slit down the center of the back allows for a glimpse of skin. I love the billowing sleeves above each cuffed wrist that are the perfect balance to the fitted bodice. The skirt fits slim around the hips and the bias cut of the silk crepe give it the perfect drape as it cascades to the floor and widens out as it nears the hem. If you love it in the photos you will be thrilled when you see it in person. It is so much better on a real body. Excellent condition with one small item to note below.
The interior silk chiffon layer on the bodice is unlined and also act as the lining behind the silk crepe parts. The skirt is interlined in the same silk chiffon as we see on the bodice. It closes with hook and eye at the back neck and a low hand set painted metal zipper. Each sleeve closes with hook & eye. Bias cut through the skirt so there is some play with the measurements through the hip. Silk ribbon interior finished seams. There is a tiny area of thinning to the fabric near the seam of the cuff on one sleeve - it is stable and went through cleaning no problem. Made to demi-couture standards and almost entirely hand finished
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist 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.