james galanos

Rare 1959 James Galanos Red Felt Dress

This is an outstanding early example of James Galanos work! The near identical dress resides in the permanent collection at The Metropolitan Museum in NYC in a black version. I think the beautiful red version is so much better! Galanos was a designer for whom the fabric was always the start point and this particular fabric is wonderful! It is a deep blood red and cut to skim over the body. The Met's description of the black version feels proper to share here for this one as well:

"From an early age, James Galanos knew he was destined to be a fashion designer. Unlike his peers, he chose to build his career in Los Angeles, rather than New York's Seventh Avenue. He is recognized for his exquisite ready-to-wear pieces that are characteristically couture, as they are as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. With his extreme attention to detail and talent with luxurious fabrics, most notably silk chiffon, he created masterpieces worn by ladies of society, actresses, and former presidential lady, Nancy Reagan.

The sculptural quality of this sheath dress is a classic example of Galanos' work. Perfection is achieved with his great attention to detail, most notable in the pleats at the bust and the seaming at the waist. The dress enhances the natural curves of the body, following the silhouette with precision. It is timeless because of its simplicity and elegance."

Beautifully constructed a true piece of fashion history. Excellent condition and constructed to couture standards.

Fully lined in a high grade red tissue silk. Inner waist stay that closes with hook & eye. The dress closes with a fine, painted metal, hand set zipper. Hand finishes.

Sleeves: approx 16"
Shoulders: No defined seams
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 26.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML- MED

Item# DD1400

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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