1960s Malcolm Starr Ivory Silk Dress w Rhinestone & Bead Adornments
This ivory silk Malcolm Starr dress is stunning. It has Elinor Simmons name on the label as well who was a young designer that Malcolm brought in to the company to design a higher end line for him in 1965. She eventually left in 1972 giving us a window within to date her work for the label from. Everything about this dress suggest the 1960s.
I have had versions of this dress before in a shorter length but I truly love this skirt length that would fall somewhere between ankle and mid-calf depending on your height. It allows for the perfect coordinating shoe to peek out and just a glimpse of the ankle to show. It is made from is a beautiful ivory silk with a very subtle weave to it that gives it just a touch of texture and enough weight to it that it holds that gorgeous line you see. The dress is cut with an almost baby doll silhouette to the bodice and below that the skirt widens out beautifully as it reaches the hem. The waist line is high and the collar and front are heavily embellished. The work down to the shoulders, collar and down the front is incredible. Sparkling rhinestones and crystals are placed and attached by hand and and among a curving design made up from silk cord that is also hand placed. These catch the light beautifully and perfectly offset the ivory. The perfect finishing detail is that the along each side seam of the front skirt are little hidden pockets. Excellent overall condition with one condition note to review below.
Fully lined in a white silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. I see no missing stones. Hidden snap under the front V that you can close or leave open. It was a touch too small on the dress form and will sit better on the right sized girl. Front pockets along the seam. Hand finished. There is a very faint water mark on the back left shoulder (photoed and looks worse on the shot then it does in person - it is fainter in person) and one tiny, faint yellowish mark on the front left below the pockets. Priced at a good deal lower then it would normally be but I feel it is wearable as is still as these are barely noticeable once on. The color is more ivory on person - closer to the detail pics then the full length ones. Better in person overall.
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Slight Empire waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 39" 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.