1970s Plunging Silk Chiffon & Lace Couture Galanos Gown
Galanos was known as the designer that could rival the French in terms of construction and design. He launched his atelier in 1951 and though he was never a designer that was never formally given the status of being officially deemed a couture house he certainly produced clothing with many of the hallmarks that define couture, thus giving him the status as being known as one of the "American Couturiers". Here we have a piece that a custom made, one off, piece. It is absolutely exquisite and was most likely late seventies to early eighties.
The dress is constructed with his signature nod to creating the longest lines possible so the women who wears his gowns looks supermodel tall and lean. It is deceptively simple. I cannot convey how amazing this is on person. It literally weighs ounces and was made of the finest black silk chiffon with the top edges in a fine, handmade lace that creates that dramatic fringe around the neck, shoulders and back. The front plunges to the waist and hooks to close at the base with the lace slipping over and behind the neck to suspend the dress and keep the front panels in place.The back curves down very deep leaving the entire thing bare. This tops the skirt made of yards and yards of silk chiffon - all so light and semi-transparent that you feel quite scandalous - it is like you are wearing nothing at all. It is so insanely sexy and so obviously couture upon first glance that you will literally have your breathe taken away. If you have been looking for the ultimate dramatic statement gown that is sexy but refined at the same time this could just be it. Exquisite in every way, in museum quality condition and supermodel length. Excellent, appears unworn condition
Unlined and so it semi-transparent. It closes at the front at the base of the plunge with two hook and eye and a slight overlap. Elastic through the waist.
Waist: 11-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 46.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: Photographed for creative purposes by Nikki Ormerod, Styling: Nadia Pizzimenti, Hair & Makeup: Ashley Readings, Model: Constance from Plutino Models.
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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