donald brooks

1973 Donald Brooks Cord & Net Gown

A remarkable and couture level piece by Donald Brooks. The workmanship and fabrication of this gown is an absolute dream! The exterior is a rich and intricate combination of cording coiled and hand stitched into place over a screened net base. The net based was first screened with a brilliant floral design and the cording follows this design. The contract created by the cording, the flowers and the red lining underneath is stunning! Everything about this gown screams couture. I love how the flowers trail down the skirt in panels adding height to the wearer and then ring the hem. The neck is high and the sleeves billow above the wrist. It is nipped in at the waist by a wide band and the skirt and bodice feel loose and open above and below. It is truly a wonderful and extraordinary gown and an amazing example of his work and flair for the dramatic! Excellent, appears unworn condition!

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulder: no defined seam
Bust: no true defined side seams
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 10.5" from neck to top of waist band
Waist band: 4"
Skirt: 38" from bottom of waist band to hem

Fully lined in a red silk chiffon though the bodice and sleeves and a deep burgundy silk covered in black tulle net through the skirt. It closes net and fabric covered buttons and a series of hook &eye at the back. Each sleeve closes with hidden fabric covered snaps. Hand finished inside

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Reference Photo: 1973 Donald Brooks dress from the Goldstein Museum of Design Collection.

Item# DD1156

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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