geoffrey beene

1960s Geoffrey Beene Button Front Black Boutique Dress

We do get double of pieces in the shop now and again, and sometimes it happens years apart and sometimes just a couple of weeks go by. I literally just listed (and sold) the twin of this just a few weeks ago. I was happy to have another land in the shop so soon. I have added a photo of one of our wonderful clients - Vi - who was shot in the version she bought for a styling feature she was in. I loved how to really took it outside the box and used it as a layering piece. I also added a photo of Erin wearing a cream version

Beene is one of the great American designers and I always look for his work. When I find amazing pieces from his earliest, Geoffrey Beene Boutique, days I am even happier. This fabulous full length, fitted black dress is an amazing find and with its shiny contrasting black buttons running down the front and big over-sized pockets, it feels shockingly modern. There is a memory tugging at me that says maybe Chanel did something remarkably similar in the 1980s and the recent Balmain pieces have this same vibe as well but this is the original. It is made from a wool knit jersey fabric that has a good weight to it and feels "high end" when on and holds the shape wonderfully as well. The large black buttons that run down the front give the dress a surprisingly modern feel and because they end just about mid-though add a little sexiness when you walk or move in the dress. I love the squared off bust-line and skinny straps in a matching fabric - I feel that if you wished you could even wear this one strapless and it would work amazingly. The front has four flap pocket buttons and the placement along the upper edge of the bust is brilliant. They also are all functional giving it a little tongue in cheekiness that only you will know about. Its simplicity is part of its appeal and it looks amazing once on. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a high grade black silk and close with the front buttons. Proper tailored buttonholes and hand finished beautifully inside.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from shoulder strap to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2693

Photo: (1)  From Vi's Instagram (@mysmallhours) (2) from Erin Hazelton's instagram  

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