adele simpson

1980s Adele Simpson Pink & Gold Metallic Lame Beaded Dress w Beading

I love Adele Simpson's work. She favored quality and longevity over trends and her pieces were well made ready-to-wear at prices that were attainable for the modern woman. She launched her label in 1949 and remained at its helm until the early 1980s. 

This dress dates to the tale end of Adele's career, from the late 1970's to the early 1980s, and shows her more glamorous side. The fabric is a deep pink lurex lame that has gold metallic thread running through it. The gold is woven through the fabric to create a pattern of dots that cover the entire dress. She then took that fabric and made it pop even more with the addition of a densely beaded detailing at the waist and cuffs. Here we see thick panels of rhinestones, stones, gold braiding and faux pearls sewn into place to create a touch of high glamour. The dress has an equally string cut. The shoulders are padded and the front crossed over itself into a deep plunge. Each sleeve is cut with volume above its cuff. The skirt cascades to the floor with gathers all through the upper portion and a high slit runs up the center at the front. The metallic fabric is lightweight and this allows it to drape and move wonderfully. Excellent condition.

Unlined throughout with partial lining to key areas. It closes with a back painted metal and nylon zipper. Each cuff closes with hook & eye. Padding in each shoulder. The color is a bit more vibrant pink in person.

Sleeves: 26.5"
Shoulders: approx 16"
Bust: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15.5" from top of bodice to top of band at the waist
Skirt: 40.5" from top of 2.5" band at the waist to front hem, 42.5" to back hem
Slit: 18.5" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3388

Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.

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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