1960s Bead & Pearl Encrusted George Halley Gown
This amazing gown only gets better as you get nearer and see the many details that have been added to its entire surface. Rarely do you see a piece so heavily encrusted with appliques as this piece. It is entirely hand finished and meticulously crafted. The fabric is a stunning green silk brocade and just the pure beauty of that perfect green makes its own statement. I believe it to be hand woven silk and there is a secondary color at play underneath giving it a very subtle color change - in the photos this picked up slightly as yellow but in real life it comes across as pure green but with a slight textural play to it. The entire gown from neck to hem is heavily covered in clusters of tube beads and hand set rhinestones. Near the neck are varying sized pearls set amongst these same beads and rhinestones to create a wearable neck piece that adds even more glamour to the gown! The cut is very simple and the stark, flowing towards the floor in a sleek column. It has a delicious regal feel to it and I love the fabric and all the special touches - it is stunning and made to couture levels. Halley started at Charles James who said of the young designer that he "was a genius at draping". By the time he opened his own atelier in 1966 he was in full form and was a master cutter as well. His work is on par with couture and each piece is hand finished and has all the lovely high end details one looks for in proper couture. He is without doubt one of my favorites and I treasure each piece I can acquire. Excellent, museum quality condition
Fully lined in a fine dyed to match, hand set tissue silk and closes with a hand set painted metal zipper. The pearls are glass and all the bead work and embellishments are hand applied. The fabric has a slight "picked" quality to it with a tiny bit of thinning near the zipper - please super size the photo of the back zip to see. It present wonderfully when on and these tiny issues do not detract from the beauty of this incredibly beautiful gown made to couture standards.
Note that the light has given some parts of the fabric a slight yellow undertone that is only in the photos and not in person - the dress is a solid beautiful green in person.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from neck 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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