c1967 Plunging Black Silk George Halley Gown
This phenomenal heavy black silk evening gown is undeniably exquisite in its cut and design. The sheer simplicity of line combined with that beautiful fabric combine to create one of the most beautiful gowns I have ever had pass through my hands. The fabric is a black silk that has just enough weight to it to hold the shape and volume the piece requires. The front and back both plunge right to the waist with just elongated triangle panels curving up and over each shoulder. At the base of the front plunge sits a beautiful applique of think silk cord and beads, hand sewn to create a subtle glimmer against the back drop of silk. The interior is lined in a heavy silk in a matching black and is hand set. The skirt is cut with a dramatic fuller cut that swings out from the waist and is also a touch longer in the back for maximum impact. It is tremendously full with yards and yards of fabric but sits perfectly once one. I have included a ohoto of Verushca in a plunging dress of the same time period but I personally htink this version is even better. Halley started at Charles James who said of the young designer that he "was a genius at draping". By the time he opened his own atelier in 1966 he was in full form and was a master cutter as well. His work is on par with couture and each piece is hand finished and has all the lovely high end details one looks for in proper couture. He is without doubt one of my favorites and I treasure each piece I can acquire. Excellent, museum quality condition
Fully lined in a high grade silk and closes with hidden, hand set, low back painted metal zipper and snaps at the back waist. Hand finished. Note that this would be the perfect match to the Halley coat we have listed.
Bust: no true side seams, variable
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from neck to waist with a 1.5" band
Skirt: 43" from lower waist band seam to front hem, 44" at the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Photographed for creative purposes by Ted Belton, Stylist: Amanda Lee Shirreffs, Hair & Makeup: Erin Heather. Reference photo of Veruschka in George Halley by Richard Avedon for Vogue 1967.
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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