alfred bosand

1970s Beaded Silk Alfred Bosand Dress

What I love about this dress is the subtle beading that was used. It is so closely matched to the fabric that you don't necessarily notice it from a distance but it adds a sense of luxury and richness for the wearer - like a secret bit of specialness! The base fabric is a silk chiffon with ribbons of silk woven through in long vertical stripes. Over this is a pretty pastel design of dots and flowers. The neck is scooped at the front and then dips very low and sexy at the back. The entire neckline is beaded with just over an inch of tightly spaced white glass tube beads. Each cuff gets the same treatment. If that was not enough he then placed those same beads in delicate rows following the striping in the ribbon. These trail down the tops of the shoulder and bodice, leave off for the center of the dress so it feels light and airy and then anchor the hem to give it just enough weight for it to fall perfectly. The top panel of silk floats over the inner silk dress. The original silk sash can be used to give it more shape or you can wear it loose and caftan like! The final perfect touch is the watteau like back - it gives it a draped goddess feel! Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Sleeves: 26"
Shoulder: 14" across
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17" flat across inside lining from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across inside lining from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from shoulder to hem

The dress is fully lined in a white silk crepe except for the sleeves which are unlined. It closes with a low back hidden, hand set painted metal zipper. Each cuff closes with hidden snaps. The original fabric sash is present and also in excellent condition.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD954

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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