james galanos

1970s James Galanos Couture Textured Puff Silk One Shoulder Dress w Transparent Lace Inset

In 1951, 27 year old James Galanos launched his first label called Galanos Originals.  By 1954 he had won a Coty award and the Neiman Marcus award. By 1958 he was producing clothing that could range in price from $200 to $3000, an astronomical price for ready-to-wear for that time period. That said, his ready-to-wear was made to almost that of true couture and with a level of craftsmanship that was on par with the French couturiers. Galanos was a master cutter and draper and he used many couture techniques in the construction of his dresses and gowns. Grace Kelly was an early fan. His work is held in all of the major museums around the world and he is one of my personal favourite designers. 

Here we have a piece that dates to the late 1970s or early 1980s. It is absolutely gorgeous and as good as it looks in the photos, know that it is even better in person. The texture and quality of the fabric should be seen and felt not just viewed on the screen. The skirt is remarkable. It is cut to be one long and lean line. It has a high 19" side slit that allows for a good amount of leg to show and for you to be able to walk with that curved and fitted cut. The fabric is very unusual. It it is a black silk jersey that is a puffed 3 dimensional quality to it created by hand stitching the pattern into the fabric. This adds incredible texture to the dress and is in direct contrast to the more restrained manner that the bodice has been pleat stitched. For the bodice the fabric has been seamed with teeny little pleats that are all set on a curve. These are then hand gathered and ruched over the inner corseting so that the fabric curves around you. Set into the silk of the bodice is a curved  panel of black lace. This is set in and not backed with any lining so that it is transparent and allows your skin to peek through. This curved bit of sensual lace begins just off the centre and between the breasts, curves under and then runs half way down the back on a beautiful sloping curve to expose a sliver of the waist and hip. It gives the dress just the slightest touch of a scandalous feel. Two skinny straps extend out from either side of the lace at the top and curve up and over the shoulder on a curving angle. It is insanely sexy. Exquisite to the last detail. It appears to have been worn very little it at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black and metallic stretch silk jersey through the bodice and it is lightly boned and formed. The fabric of the skirt is self-lined and the interior seams ribbon and piped finished. It closes with a side zipper. All hand work inside.

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from top of straps to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2510

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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