james galanos

1980s James Galanos Couture Gold & Black Striped Silk Dress

This spectacular gown designed by the American couturier, James Galanos shows how he combined that sense of American sensibility with Parisian glamour. It is chic and sophisticated and yet it is bold design and in his fabric choices. Galanos was particularly known for his evening wear and this gown is an amazing example of his work. His work was on par with French couture and the workmanship is fabulous. He is considered one of the great American couturiers and his gowns reflect this in terms of construction and quality. Galanos dressed actresses, socialites, even First Lady Nancy Reagan and his work is held in the collections of all of the major museums around the globe. Hie work was selling for as high as $20,000 a dress by the eighties whoich works out to be about $60,000 + in today's dollars.

This gown combines black and gold stripes and he uses two different fabrics to create a beautiful contrast in texture. On the skirt the black stripes are contrasted with a muted gold stripe on a silk taffeta. On the bodice he chose a black silk velvet with gold stripes made from gold lame thread. The bodice is constructed like a simple tee that skims over the body and has a nod to sportswear in its design. Below this the skirt is set into the waist in tiny gathers all the way around. The skirt itself is fabulous and is deceptively sexy. At first glance it looks and falls like a ball gown skirt but upon closer inspection you see that is is made from three panels. The full back one and then two on each side at the front. In between each and down the front you have a high slit that shows a flash of leg when you sit or move. Under the silk panels is a layer of tulle that is edged in gold. A row of functioning gold buttons go from the waist to the top of the slit at the front. It is amazing. Excellent condition.

The gown in fully lined in a soft, fine black silk through the bodice and the skirt has attached layers of gold edged tulle under the top silk skirting. It closes with a back, hidden set zipper. Hand finished. Functional buttons along the top front of the skirt. It appears to have never been worn.

Shoulders: 15"

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 17" from neck to waist
Skirt: 42.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2357

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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