james galanos

1960s Black Silk & Chiffon Galanos Balloon Sleeve Dress

This wonderful little black dress is a testament to the greatness of James Galanos who was one of the great American Couturiers. Every detail on it is perfect and every seam is placed to ensure that the dress falls and sits properly once on and flatters the person wearing it. When it is extremely light and has a "floating" feel to it and yet, at the same time it still feels like a properly constructed couture level garment. The fabric is a fine silk through the body with a textured silk chiffon used for the sleeves and the lining. It is cut with a gathered skirt that slightly flares out and moves wonderfully. There is a small discreet slit on the front and also at the back that gives you ease of movement through the skirt. The sleeves are fantastic and the star of the dress. Each is very long when off the body but once on and buttoned, they pouf out above the wrist dramatically . This combination of silks and the cut give the dress a romantic and feminine quality. High inset shoulders are the perfect finish. It is am amazing original Galanos piece that is extremely collectible and infinitely wearable. A real treasure of a find and once of the best constructed dresses I have seen. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a full second layer of fine silk chiffon except for the sleeves which are left unlines. It closes with a hand-set back painted metal zipper and each cuff has a button with a proper dressmakers button hole to close. Lots of other couture level details - tiny loops inside each shoulder keeps your undergarments in place, hand finished and properly finished seam edges inside.

Shoulders: no true defined seam
Sleeves: 32" long but meant to pouf above the cuff once buttoned up
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 26.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD918

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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