1960s Unlabeled Couture Heavy Metallic Gold & Silver Thread Caftan

This extraordinary caftan dress has no label but the work that has gone into creating it is absolutely at the couture level. It is truly a wonderful find and a study in the art of creating fine textiles. The dress is a good heavy weight, not so heavy as to be uncomfortable to wear, but the kind of heavy that gives you an instant clue that this is a high end garment. The weight is because it is entirely made from real metal thread in gold and silver. This is applied onto a threaded supported backing so it has a touch of structure and holds its shape. In between the pattern it is entirely open so you will see whatever color you choose to wear underneath it clearly. It buttons down the front, though I use that term lightly as I think you could just as easily wear the buttons so they are running down your back. The neckline is slightly scooped and the sleeves widen out as they near their ends. I love the effect that those wide cut sleeves create. The rest of the caftan skims over the body and widens out as it nears the hem. The workmanship is astounding and there are areas of 3D metal thread that create patterns within the patterns. The gold and silver is mixed with a masterful hand and it gives the dress an overall muted, molten feel. I have included lots of detail shots as the work is so wonderful it really deserves to be seen. A once in a life time piece that is surely a high level designers work. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. Buttons up and those buttons can be worn to the front as seen, or to the back. Perhaps the smallest break here or there and easily find with a stitch. The cut will fit a range of sizes

Sleeves: approx 23"
Dropped shoulders: approx 17"
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# E664

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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