1979 Stavropoulos Deep Red Silk Full Length Dress w Pouf Sleeves
George Stavropoulos was known for his evening wear and his signature looks focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. He launched his label in 1960 and soon was dressing women like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Barbra Streisand and Maria Callas. His dresses were made by hand and to couture standards. By the early 1980s a gown by him started at around $8500 and they went up in cost from there - that starting price point equals to around $26,000US in today's dollars. So when you buy a vintage Stavropoulos gown you are getting incredible value for your money.
This dress has a wonderful and unusual sleeve treatment. With all the emphasis on sleeves showing on the runways lately it looks and feels especially fresh. It is in mint condition and appears to have never been worn. The fabric is a satin backed red silk that feels amazing when on the body. It has just enough weight to it to hold the shape. It has an amazing amount of fabric used to make it. That skirt has far more fabric then you think at first glance. The neckline is cut straight across and the shoulders curve up and around from there. Each sleeve is gathered and shaped on a curve so that they have their own volume. This is achieved completely by his seaming. At the back the sleeves extend down and arch towards the center for a very pretty line. The dress skims over the bust and waist and then falls to the floor in a widening swoop of fabric A long inverted pleat at the back gives it some volume for a touch of drama to finish. Very easy to wear and flattering on. Excellent condition
The fabric is self backed in a satin and it closes with a back hand set, zipper at the back. There is elastic set through the top seam of the bust so it adjusts to fit. Silk ribbon edge finish under the hem. Very well finished with the majority of the finishes done by hand. In person the red is a touch brighter and even better then how it photoed
Bust: to 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to hem, 59" at the back
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photo: Press Photo, 1979.
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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