1970s Ivory Silk Chiffon & Silver Stavropoulos Petal Dress

This wonderful Stavropoulos dress is an absolute extravagance of silk chiffon tiers. It is made from layers and layers of a beautiful ivory silk chiffon crepe all stitched onto an underlay of a silver lame fabric so you get just the glimpse of the metallic feel through the fabric layers. This combination of ruffled tiers and the glimpses of the silver give the dress a wonderful romantic but glamorous feel. Each layer of fabric is set so that it floats over the next and the entire concoction moves and floats around you when you move. The bodice is gently scooped across the front and has two tiny straps adorned with rhinestones and silver beads that go up and around the shoulders. At the back it dips into a deeper V shaped plunge. The front of the dress is also cut slightly shorter then the back so its a midi length from the front and to the ankle (or lower depending on your height) at the back. A wonderful and romantic dress in person. Excellent condition.

George Stavropoulos was an amazing designer and to find his early work is already fabulous but to find a piece done at this level is just a treat. This gown is really museum worthy. His clients, who included Elizabeth Taylor and opera singer Maria Calla, adored and cherished him for his ability to create stunning evening wear. His hallmark pieces were simple but with a masters attention to cut. He shunned overt ornamentation and instead focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. This is an amazing example of what he could create following that simple guideline. His pieces are almost always entirely hand made and most are made to demi-couture standards giving you incredible value for your money.

Fully lined in the same ivory silk crepe under the silver lame layer. It closes with a back painted metal zipper. Hand finishes. Bias cut so the fabric has stretch and drape so has a greater size range

Bust: 16.5-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: the front stops at approx 47" and the back at approx 54" from shoulder strap to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD2512

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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