1960s Pink & Gold Silk Chiffon Dress with Silver Beading
The workmanship and fabrication of this gown is an absolute dream. The fabric is a beautiful silk chiffon that has been dyed in hues of pinks and light lavender stripes that have a subtle gold thread that is woven through the silk in checked pattern. This gives the entire gown a subtle glow as the gold catches the light. At the waist, cuffs and neck, there is a heavy banding of hand applied silver glass tube beads that are are tightly spaced and densely applied. These weight the gown and add a remarkable contrast to the lightness of the silk chiffon. Everything about this gown feels high end and it is a shame that it has no label as I am quite sure that it is a designer piece with the level of workmanship and quality of the pieces. I love how the back dips in a low scoop to leave an expanse of bare skin and how the front mimics this pretty curve. The sleeves billow above the each bead encrusted wrist. It is nipped in at the waist by a 3 and a half inch band of bead work and the skirt and bodice fall loose and open above and below this banding. It is truly a wonderful and extraordinary gown. If you love it in the photos you will be thrilled with it in person as it did not photo anywhere near how wonderful it in in real life. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a pink silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each sleeve closes with hidden fabric covered snaps. Hand finished inside. A couple of sequins are missing on one cuff but I see no other issues with the beading. There are a couple of tiny marks on one sleeve - please see photos. Priced accordingly. Note it is a touch lighter pink feeling in person.
Shoulder: no defined seam
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from neck to top of waist band
Waist band: 3.5"
Skirt: 40" from bottom of waist band to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Amanda Lee Shirreffs for her weekly column on our blog, Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >
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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