harvey berin

1960s Harvey Berin Heavily Beaded Gown

A superb, couture level gown that uses texture, fabric and some outright bling to bring richness to the piece. The cut is kept refined and simple to off set the showiness of the front bodice and the overall result is richness and formality. The bodice is made of a luxurious plush black velvet with minimal seaming. The sleeves are each a sleek, slim sheath of black velvet. The most amazing part of the gown is of course that spectacular front detailing. Though you will at first think that dramatic thick line of glitz is rhinestones it is in fact tiny individual faceted cleat beads each strung on a thread that has a teeny bead looped through and topping each bead below. They are tightly spaced and hand applied to circle the collar and plunge straight down the front in a 2" wide column of sparkles! The skirt is a heavy matte silk satin that sweeps to the floor. There is subtle netting under the hip area to help to add and hold the shape of the skirt. It is absolutely stunning! Berin was a favorite of Pat Nixon and Ladybird Johnson and you can see why in this classic gown! Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk through the bodice and sleeves and white silk through the skirt. The skirt also has an attached, built in stiff nylon net tulle inner skirt that goes just past the hips to help hold the shape of the skirt. The skirt is also self-backed in a linen textured cotton. It closes with a back painted zipper. Hand finishes. The original velvet covered, leather backed belt is with the gown but not photoed. There is a Harvey Berin label inside the skirt near the hem that is not photoed. Two faint dots from rust are on the skirt one near the waist and would be covered by the belt and near the seam by the knee on the front skirt. Priced accordingly, these do not detract or mar this amazing couture quality gown

Sleeves: 21"
Shoulders: 15" across
Bust: 18.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-12.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice length: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt length: 41" from waist seam to the bottom of the hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD851

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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