james galanos

1960s Sculptural James Galanos Dress

An incredible cocktail dress by James Galanos that has wonderfully sculptural feel to it combined with dramatic volume. The fabric is the perfect start point - it is a silk brocade that has a checked pattern created by the combination of matte black threads woven with a glossy metallic thread. This gives the dress a fabulous quality as the light plays on the two textures. It is cut very rounded through the shoulders and the sleeves are also cut on a slight curve. The front appears to cross over itself and close with a double row of extravagant bead and rhinestone encrusted buttons. It has an almost tuxedo effect front but it does not actually open here. Each side is caught up with a small braided cord detailing. The front it cut flat and slim but beginning at the side cording the dress opens and flares out with soft pleats worked in very subtly to give that volume. The back is cut in an almost couture tented shape. It is just remarkable and feel very couture and edgy even against today's standards! Excellent, appears unworn condition!

Fully lined in hand set silk taffeta and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Hidden pockets along the front.

Photographed on Catherine Keener for her 2014 TIFF appearance! Click here to read more.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 37" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1567

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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