1980s James Galanos Gold Lame Blue Dress w Heavily Sequinned & Jewelled Strapless Bodice
James Galanos was just 27 years old when he launched his first label called Galanos Originals in 1951. By 1954 he had won a Coty award and the Neiman Marcus award. By 1958 he was producing clothing that could range in price from $200 to $3000, an astronomical price for ready-to-wear for that time period. when you convert that to modern dollars and realize that it would be just under 30k for his upper range pieces. Part of the reason for those high price tags was that his ready-to-wear was made to couture standards. The workmanship and craft put into them were made to a level that was on par with the official French couturiers. Galanos was a master cutter and draper. Grace Kelly was an early fan and other couturiers looked to his work as inspiration. His work is held in all of the major museums around the world and he is one of my personal favourite designers.
This dress is a showstopper. When it is off the body and laying flat it looks almost awkward but once on it completely transforms. It is strapless and the bodice is absolutely amazing to see in person. A brilliant blue silk has been covered with a gold metallic netting. Attached onto that is a dense application of gold sequins that are set to follow the pattern in the lace underneath. If that was not enough he then worked blue and iridescent beads in and among the sequins. These create a 3D feel as the pattern is raised off the netting. It is very elaborate and glamorous. Inside there is hidden boning and support built in so that once it is on the bodice hugs you like a glove. I love how the bodice extends down and past the hip and angles down on one side. This gives it a slightly longer line and more interest than it would have had if the waist was just cut straight across. It makes the break between the bodice and skirt softer. The skirt is incredible. It is attached under the bottom edge of the bodice and the fabric of the skirt has been completely cut on the bias. It is made of an incredible light silk that has been covered in a wash of gold thread. Parts of it has a denser application of the gold and the pattern this creates picks up on the pattern made by the sequins on the bodice. It drapes over your curves and moves with you as you move. It is so insanely sexy and so obviously couture that you will literally have your breathe taken away. If you have been looking for the ultimate dramatic statement dress this could just be it. Exquisite in every way. Excellent condition
The bodice is lined in a blue silk satin and has hidden boning and structure inside. The skirt has an inner silk chiffon skirt. It closes with a side set zipper. Ribbon seamed inner seams. Hand finishes throughout
Bust: 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of bodice true waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
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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