james galanos

1960s Blue Silk Chiffon James Galanos Dress

The construction on this 1960s Galanos dress is divine. It is made of layers of gossamer weight silk chiffon - a difficult fabric to work with under any circumstance. Galanos cut it on the bias, layered it and made it all work perfectly. Three layers of chiffon float over the inner silk skirt. The top layer is a soft turquoise and the ones underneath are a pale ice blue. This really gives the skirt an interesting texture and depth and makes for a pretty flounce when you sit or twirl. The top has a looser silk chiffon bodice that is over a more fitted inner silk one. A silk satin covered belt cinches the waist in. Very feminine and very pretty. An unusually cold color choice for this time period and astonishingly perfect considering the delicate fabric. Excellent condition.

There is a fully lined and finished interior bodice inside the top of the dress. The looser top portion of the bodice is also backed in a pale blue silk chiffon. The skirt is also fully lined with a finished silk skirt under the 3 top layers of silk chiffon. The interior bodice closes with hook & eye and then the dress closes with a hand set painted metal zipper. Additional fabric covered snaps close the chiffon of the skirt over the zipper under the waist. Each sleeve has a zipper at the cuff. It comes with two belts - one labelled and one not - they are slightly different cuts. Both are 24-26". The color is a touch softer in person then how it photoed.

Note that is was too small on the mannequin to close properly on the back - on the right size girl it will close perfectly.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: the inner waist stay is 22" around but if you don't use that the zippered waist will fit a 24" waist
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam on the interior skirt
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 23" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS

Item# DD1708

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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