1970s Elaborate Silver, Pearl & Bead Covered Jeweled White Chiffon Caftan Dress
This is an absolutely incredible caftan that makes a striking statement with its combination of white, silver and giant jeweled crystals adorning its surface. The detailing and embellishment that has been added to this caftan is remarkable. It has a decent weight to it. The white chiffon fabric is very light in weight but all that extensive detailing of all those fabulous bead and cording work that is set around the neck, down each sleeve and on the upper back done all add up in weight. That said, once it is on and it settles into place, it does not feel at all heavy, just well made. I love the combination of the white, silver, pearls and jeweled beading used. This combination all adds up to the glamorous and exotic feel that the piece has. Down the front there is an elaborate design made up of silver cording, faux pearls, beading and sequins that are heavily applied and set in an elaborate and regal bib that covers the bodice. This then extends down into designs that run like long tassels almost to the hem. The sleeves are cut to be quite elaborate with huge dropped ends that fall from the another ring of beading that circles each elbow. The lower part of the sleeve is slit and edged in a silver lame ribbon and then the ends of the sleeve are finished with a dangling pearl and bead finish. It makes for a beautiful effect and you feel very glamorous once this is on. The caftan is not labelled but it a stand out piece regardless. It is truly unique and fabulous. Excellent condition with a note below to review
The inner attached dress that serves as a lining is made from a cream silk crepe and completely lines the dress except for the sleeves. The exterior of the dress falls over that and is made from what feels like a synthetic chiffon. It slips over the head to wear with no other closures. You could easily add to the inner dress if you needed more room. The cut will fit pretty much any size. The dress in person has a slightly more ivory undertone to it though the body because of the inner lining but not by much. There is a small mark near the hem and a faint mark near one of the embellishments at the front. Please see the last two photos for both these.
Sleeves: 24" to shortest part and 39" to longest point
Shoulders: 18" and slightly dropped
Inner bust: 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from neck to outer hem, 56" to inner hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA
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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