helena barbieri

1950s Helena Barbieri Beaded Dress

Helena Barbieri pieces are as rare as rare can be and this one is so beautiful it takes my breathe away. A rich, luxurious, cream silk base has a flat cut-velvet design set directly into the fabric. The skirt is a slight bubble silhouette and the waist is constructed with a slight gather of soft flat pleats. The bodice is strapless and is beaded using pink rhinestones, beads, crystals & sequins! The bead work goes all around the front and across the back. A romantic half tie sits at the front center - a pretty, couture feeling touch - and the bodice is set so it drapes softly. I think the detail I love the most is the pale pink edging in silk that goes all the way around the bodice and is picked up at the very ends of each of those front half bows at the waist. Barbieri specialized in evening wear and it is easy to see why her pieces are so highly prized. The construction of this dress is impeccable. It is drop dead gorgeous and in excellent condition!

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