james galanos

1970s Galanos Metallic Silver & Gold Lurex on Black Silk Dress

American couturier, James Galanos, typifies that true American glamour. His work combined chic sophistication with bold design and fabric. Galanos was particularly known for his evening wear. He cut and created his designs to extremely high standards and the workmanship is fabulous. He is considered one of the great American couturiers and his dresses and gowns reflect this in terms of construction and quality.

In person, the effect of the gold thread & silver metallic thread worked through the black backdrop is breathtaking. It pops off the black silk chiffon base far more then the photos can capture. The dress is also surprisingly light, far lighter then you would think at first glance. This is because the base is a double layer of a black silk chiffon that keep the weight light bit still holds the shape he was after. The metallic design that covers the dress is made of a soft 'eyelash' lurex that has a slight 3D effect. It makes the entire dress sparkle and glimmer with every movement of the wearer and the effect is beautiful. The cut has been kept simple so that the fabric can take center stage. A high rounded neckline and simple bodice are balance by long sleeves and a skirt that flows to the floor in a long column. Up one side is a 21" slit that shows some leg when you walk or move. It is a beautiful, dramatic piece and better in person and on a real body. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black silk chiffon with piped silk chiffon finished interior seams. It closes with a back hidden set nylon and metal zipper. 21" Slit up one leg

Sleeves: 22.5"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2377

Reference Photo: Amanda Lee Shirreffs for her weekly column on our blog, Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >

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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