1960s Heavy Hand Beaded Black Shift

This is an incredible dress that is completely covered in a three dimensional design done by hand with glossy black sequins and bead work. The base of the dress is a knit that has had ever square inch completely covered by hand. The overall effect is amazing. The dress is very heavy off the body as all that work is glass beads in different shapes and it is so heavily applied. I love the diamond print that has been created and how the black catches the light but still manages to stay somewhat subtle. The sleeves are a chiffon and that gives the dress a nice bit of airiness that offsets the dense beadwork. It is cut to skim over the body. The garment is very high quality and in excellent condition. This level of hand work is virtually impossible to find in a modern garment!

Shoulders: approx 15"
Sleeves: 22"
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from shoulder to hem

Fully lined through the body with a black silky rayon, with the sleeves left unlined. It closes with a back, painted metal zipper. Each sleeve has elastic at the cuff.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# E470

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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