1960s Malcolm Starr Silver Silk Brocade Pant & Tunic Set w Extensive Beaded Detailing
This is likely the work of Elinor Simmons before her name went on the labels. She designed for the Malcolm Starr label from the early 1960s to 1972. You can see her influence in this gorgeous Malcolm Starr set with its almost sculptural lines and elaborate embellishments on the tunic.
I love that it this comes as two separate pieces. They look amazing together as a set but it gives you the freedom to break them up and wear them individually with other pieces in your existing wardrobe. This foundation of this set starts with its fabric choice and it is a beautiful choice of fabric indeed. Both piece are made from a white silk brocade whose pattern is done in a silver thread. The weave is quite close to the top of the fabric so that it has a bit of a sheen and a very flat and smooth surface. This allows the light to bounce off of it and give it a high metallic feel that is lovely. The pants are flat fronted and have a sleek fitted leg that taper down into a neatly cropped peg leg. Depending on your height this will fall to the ankle or just above. The tunic sits over the pants and is cut to skim over the torso and flare out at the hip. It has a high scooped neck and no sleeves. Darts at the front shape the tunic over the bust and it sits loose over the waist before skimming over the hips. Each side is notch quite high in an open slit. Running across the back and front hem of the tunic is a wide band of silver bead work that is all done by hand. Where it is open at the sides the bead work runs up and follows the slits. I love it and it has that perfect sixties chic feel to it. Excellent condition
Both pieces are fully lined in an off-white silky rayon. The tunic closes with a hand set back painted metal zipper and the pants close with a side hand set zipper and hook & eye at the waist. Hand finished throughout. The bead work is hand done and very dense. It looks to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam with open sides
Length: 28.5" from neck to hem
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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