1970s George Stavropoulos Couture Floral Print Purple Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress
George Stavropoulos was known for his evening wear and his signature looks often involved draping and the use of multiple layers of silk done on a bias cut. He focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. It was said that his gowns 'seemed to float on air'. He launched his label in 1960 and soon was dressing women like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Barbra Streisand and Maria Callas. His gowns are almost entirely made by hand and are made to couture standards. By the early 1980s one of his dresses started at around $8500 and they went up in cost from there. That price point equals to around $26,000US in today's dollars. When you buy a vintage Stavropoulos gown you are getting incredible value for your money.
This dress is a wonderful example of his work. The print that covers the exterior layer of silk chiffon is a beautiful combination of different shades of purples mixed with greens. The dress is completely made of a bias cut silk chiffon. The skirt is wonderful with four layers of silk chiffon laying under the top printed layer. The bias cut treatment of the silk gives the dress incredible movement as you move. The neckline of the dress is cut high on one side and it is scooped at on the other. It is so well made that you can easily wear it either way around. I have photoed the dress with the scoop at both the front and the back so that you can see it either way. It works both ways and I suspect that on each person one way will feel better then the other. Or, if you are lucky, you will be able to do both so it will be like you are getting two dresses in one. The sleeves are very full and each is caught up at the wrist so that they pouf out above the cuffs. The bodice floats over a wide band at the waist which gives you added shape. Below that the skirt flats to the floor and all of those layers of silk are hidden until you move. It is very romantic feeling and even better in person then how it photoed. Excellent condition with one small note below.
The inner layers of silk act as the lining and there are a total of 5 layers of silk in the skirt. The bodice is lined in silk chiffon and the sleeves are left unlined. It closes with a low hand set, painted metal zipper on the inner layer and hidden snaps to cover the zipper on the outer. The color is slightly lighter and more pastel in feel then how it photoed. There is a teeny separation at the seam of the shoulder and the silk is just starting to shatter along the seam of that same side at the edge of the neckline. I have photoed this and it can been seen in the shot after the label shot. I have reduced the price on this from $1500 to accommodate for this small flaw
Slightly inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner lining hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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