arnold scaasi

1980s Arnold Scaasi Brillaint Emerald Green Strapless Dress w Woven Heart Print & Bows

This dress is by Arnold Scassi and I love the choice of sequin and net that he used for this one. Scaasi worked under Charles James at the start of his career and many of his dressed reflect this early influence. His boutique line was launched in 1984 and was high end ready-to-wear and very expensive. Pieces from it often have a demi-couture level finish and really are an extension of his couture line. This one is with its heart print is just so pretty

The color of this dress is just outstanding. It is a true brilliant emerald that is beautiful to see. The colour alone would have been enough but the fabric also has these little hearts on it that are part of the fabric itself. The technique used to create the hearts is very unusual and really adds to the dress. Each of the hearts is a single chiffon layer that is transparent so that they add depth and interest to the green. It is almost like the way a silk devore is created but in chiffon and silk. It is quite brilliant. The dress is strapless and the bodice is lighting boned inside for structure and support. There is a full inner green silk dress inside and then that solid and transparent top layer falls over that from the top of the bodice to the hem. This gives the dress one long line as it falls to the floor in a cascade of fabric. The back has extra panel of fabric built in so that it is fuller there. The is gathered into a soft pleated curve that sits just under the small of the back and give the back skirting that extra fullness and volume. Just above that there are a series of four large bows set edge to edge across. It is just beautiful. Excellent condition

Fully lined in green silk and closes with a back zipper. The inner waist stay hooks to close and the bodice is lightly boned. The skirt has an inner skirt made of two layers of silk and the outer layer is interlined in an organza. Both the inner and outer layer of the skirt have a wide banding of stiffened netting at the hem to help hold the shape.

Bust: to 17" flat across inside from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 52" from top of bodice hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4313

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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