geoffrey beene

1970s Dotted Silk Ombre Geoffrey Beene

This set is really extraordinary. It highlights everything that Beene is known for. The exuberant use of color, the dots, the stark striped contrast and the flowing & romantic cut - it is all just perfection! It is two separate pieces even though when worn together it looks like one fluid maxi dress. Both the top and the bottom are constructed from the lightest weight, finely woven silk chiffon. Under the top layer of printed silk lies over an inner layer of nude silk chiffon. The color deepens as it nears the lower portion of the ensemble, going from a soft pale yellow at the top to a deeper hued yellow at the hem. The dots also appear to get darker as they near the hem but this is just a clever optical illusion. I love the silk satin trimmed cuffs and accents. The skirt is a masterpiece of workmanship - it is knife pleated but they flow out from the pockets at the front - each of which is scooped and rounded and sits low on the hip. The hem has a tiny bit of horse hair ribbon in its seam so it creates a delicate ruffled effect. Couture level details abound - the buttons for example are all hidden under the front satin striping but when you look close you will see that is done in the proper dressmakers way with a double layer of fabric and one single stitch between each button hole along the entire row so it lies perfectly flat when worn. I love how the stripes line up perfectly where they meet between the top and skirt too! This is really a stunning piece, rare and wildly wonderful. Excellent condition.


Shoulders: 14" from seam to seam
Bust: 18" from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem
Sleeves: 23" from shoulder seam to longest point

Waist: 12" from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 38" from waist seam to bottom hem

Both pieces are fully lined in feather light, nude silk chiffon. Hand finished through out. Both pieces close with hidden buttons. The cuffs and very top button on the top have silk satin covered buttons to close. It is just a touch too small on the mannequin - on the proper sized girl the stripes line up even better then shown!

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS

Item# DD496

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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