bob mackie

1970s Sequin Bird Bob Mackie Gown

This is a very rare and early Bob Mackie piece that precedes his own label and was produced in tandem with Ray Aghayan. You can see his future love of sequins in this piece! Made of a stretch silk jersey it is a sexy one shoulder silhouette. Onto the front of the bodice that has a shoulder strap is an elaborate and beautiful hand applied bird of paradise made entirely of sparkly rhinestones, tube beads and glossy black bead work. It gives the simple cut dress an instant dose of high glamour and the bird itself is like wearing a huge piece of jewelery. The fabric is cut on the bias and is insanely comfortable to wear so the contrast of that glamorous detailing paired with a comfortable dress is just irresistible, It is also a good weight that has a beautiful drape but still manages to glide over the body and be very flattering! His early pieces are the hardest to find and this is a stunning example of his early work! Excellent condition

Bust: 15" unstretched to 18î flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" unstretched to 16î flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 15" unstretched to 20î flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to front hem

Unlined and closes with a slightly offset back painted metal zipper. Small fabric covered "sticks of boning at the side that has the bare shoulder to help hold it properly in place. Note the color has a slight blue tone to it in person - in some lights it looks proper black, in others a deep deep indigo - its very flattering! The bird was hand applied and the stitching is easily seen on the back of the fabric. It looks like it was let out along the sides at some point. There are very very very faint lines that you can see if you look crazy close.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (2-6)

Item# DD977

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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