james galanos

1980s Galanos Brilliant Floral Silk Chiffon Pant & Jacket Set

This bold and bright set by American couturier James Galanos perfectly illustrates the work he was doing in the early 1980s with its bold shoulders and dramatic cut. Galanos was known as the designer that could rival the French in terms of construction and design. He launched his atelier in 1951 and though he was never a designer that was formally made a true Haute Couture atelier, he certainly produced clothing with many of the hallmarks that define couture, thus giving him the status as being known as one of the "American Couturiers". I love the bright floral print that completely covers both of the pieces that make up this set. The silk chiffon fabric that he chose to use is wonderful and the lightness and airy feeling it creates is the perfect balance to the bold print. It moves beautifully once on and really gives the ensemble a sensual and luxurious feel. The top is cut like a jacket skims the body and has dramatic padded shoulders. These top equally dramatic and full sleeves. giving it a bit of a 1940s feel. Red crystal encrusted buttons run down the front. The pants continue that forties feel and are cut very wide with a full 60" circumference at the hem of each leg. So wide that if you are standing still it appears that you are wearing a maxi skirt. These are also made out of a bias cut silk chiffon. The waist nips in and the top can be worn tucked or loose. Excellent condition.

Both pieces are fully interlined  in a red silk chiffon with chiffon ribbon finished edges. The top buttons to close at the front and the pants closes at the side with a zipper at the waist. Appears unworn. Note the color is more of a cherry and pink feel in person. Also after photoing this I feel like perhaps the buttons could (or should) be meant to be at the back. I think you can wear it either way making tit that much more versatile.

Sleeves: 25.5"
Shoulders: 16"
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 25" from neck to hem

Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 45" from waist to hem
Inseam: 31.5"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: LRG-XL

Item# DD2696

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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