1960s Hand Beaded Silk Satin Skirt, Top & Beaded Sweater Dress Set
This three piece set is gorgeous and has the added benefit in that you can mix and match all the separate pieces with other things in your current closet. The label on the sweater tells us that it was hand beaded in Hong Kong and the hand work is easily apparent where you can see the back. At the time, Hong Kong was doing the best sequin and bead work in the world outside of the specialty ateliers in Paris. The skirt and sleeveless top are matched and the sweater is done in a contrasting pattern. The base of the top and skirt is a creamy ivory silk satin of very good quality. The top zips up the back and is completely covered with a pattern of flowers and leaves. The edges have a cord created of tiny seed beads mixed with little round gold beads. At the hem strands of seed beads dangle all the way around with each strand finished with two gold beads. The skirt is cut sleek and narrow with the same gorgeous bead work down all the way around the bottom portion of the hem. The sweater is cropped and has a contrasting patterns all around its edges, around the shoulder and detailing the sleeves. The same beads have been used for the sweater that were used on the skirt and top, so the piece are tied all together. It is gorgeous and far better on an actual person then the dress form. Excellent condition with a couple of minor notes below.
All three pieces are fully lined in a hand set, ivory tissue silk. The skirt closes with a metal zipper and flat hook & eye at the waist. The top has a hand set zipper at the back that can be completely opened. The sweater closes with a series of hook & eye down the front. All three pieces appear to have been made and finished primarily by hand. There is perhaps the teeniest touch of pressing over the seams of the skirt. There is some grubbiness at the inner silk lining of the sweater at the neck, under each arm and a spot on the inner edge of the front. all of these could be eliminated by removing the silk lining as the sweater itself is fabulous. Please see the label pic and the two following photos for these areas. It is priced as the top and skirt with the sweater included at no charge
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hem: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 19.5" from neck to hem
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hem: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 20" from shoulder to hem including 1.5" bead fringe
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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