1970s Geoffrey Beene Couture Backless Jumpsuit & Jacket
What you may not see at first glance with this particular piece is that is is indeed a jumpsuit with extra wide cut legs so that it has a full length dress feel once on. You can really see his play on using more sports-like and unusual fabrics in this piece as it is made out of a black silk jersey for the jumpsuit and a stiffened netting for the jacket. Both pieces are then trimmed in dressmakers tape - a fabric choice normally hidden inside a hem. It even uses velcro to close the very top of the neck of the jacket! This fabric choice makes it comfortable to wear and perfect for tropical temperatures and sultry evenings. Each pant is cut extra wide with that horsehair tape trim at the cuff that gives it the weight and shape it needs to fall perfectly. There is not defines waist - it just skims up and over the body to a pointed halter top that ties around the neck with more of that fabulous white taping. The back scooped scandalously low and again is edged with the white so that it sits slightly away from the body in the most interesting and sculptural of ways. The jacket is cut full and boxed with incredible volume. It's translucent net allows the skin revealed by the cut of the jumpsuit to show through and the volume perfectly balances those wide cut legs. This is a classic and sculptural Beene and very sexy. The fabrics and stark graphic feel of the black and white combined with the balance of volume and skin showing all work with each other beautifully. This play on transparency is a staple of Beene's work and here he takes it to a sophisticated, sculpted level. This is really couture level workmanship and quite extraordinary and unusual. Excellent, unworn condition with original hang tag present.
Both pieces are unlined and slip on to wear. The jumpsuit ties at the neck and the jacket has a hidden velcro closure at the front top neck. Ribbon edge finishes on the interior fo the jumpsuit. Note the jacket is also labeled under one arm but only the jumpsuit label was photoed. It has its original hang tag present. Tagged a vintage 10 but please check measurements. It is meant to fit with volume and the silk of the jumpsuit is cut slightly on the bias so it does have some give and stretch.
Bust: 18-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 60" from neck to hem
Kimono-esque shoulder seamss: 26.5" (so no true shoulder)
Bust: 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 33" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-XL
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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