1960s Teal Traina Emerald Green Embroidered Silk Dress
Geoffrey Beene worked for the Traina label from 1958 through to 1963 and I feel that this must be one of his designs. I have seen similar pieces from him later from his own label and its fascinating to see what is probably an early piece of the evolution of one of the great American designers. Here we have an extraordinary full length gown made of a good weighted silk satin in a deep, clear emerald green. The impact of the color alone is fabulous and made more so with the bright embroidered design woven into the fabric and circling the entire skirt. Beautiful bouquets in bright colors run over the skirt and each is hand embroidered and placed exactly where he intended to nest highlight the design. The skirt is cut full and gathers into the waist and is topped by simple bodice that buttons up the front with big frog knots. I adore the wide cut sleeves and how they come out form the waist to create volume that balances the fullness of the skirt. Shape is created with a matching fabric belt that cinches in the waist. It is an amazing original Traina piece that is extremely collectible and infinitely wearable. A real treasure of a find. Excellent condition
The skirt is unlined and the bodice and sleeves lined in a matching tissue silk. Closes at the front with frog buttons and under the waist with hidden fabric covered snaps. Similar hidden snaps close each sleeve. The green is even richer and better in person
Bust: no true defined side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from neck to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Samantha Angelo on day 3 of Milan Fashion Week AW16 (photos courtesy Samantha Angelo)
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