Exceptional 1960s Hand Sequinned Indian Silk Gauze Dress w Matching Veil or Shaw

This is one of those pieces that you can only find in vintage. It is so spectacular and it would certainly be the show piece of any vintage collection. It would make an amazing wedding piece for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration and of course it would work for any red carpet event or gala.

This is an exquisite 1960s silk gauze dress whose exterior is covered with hand done sequin work.  It has no tags except the one that identifies the work as having been done in India where some the finest sequin work on the planet was being executed during this time period. The dress is made from two layers of the finest slightly textured silk gauze that float over an inner fine silk lining. Then onto the top layer of gauze is that incredible floral design that is completely made from an array of beautiful coloured sequins. You would rarely see this level of handwork on a piece today and if you did it would cost the moon. The work here borders on couture. Each flower is beautifully made from a dense application of sequins. Many of the parts of the design are set to give the flowers a slightly raised 3D effect. These cover the entire dress on both the front and back. The front bodice and all the way around the hem have the heaviest amount of hand work and sequins but even the sleeves are adorned with those beautiful flowers and sequins. The dress is cut to skim lightly over the bodice with a high scooped neckline. Each sleeve is a double layer of the silk and are cut to gracefully follow the curve of the arm. The waist is seamed and the layers of the skirt float over the inner silk lining, gently widening out as it nears the hem. The dress also comes with its original matching shawl made of a single layer of the silk gauze. It is also sequinned with flowers. It is quite large  and you could easily use it as a head piece, a veil, over the shoulders for a cape effect or tie it around the waist. This is a remarkable example of the fine hand work being done during this time period and is quite beautiful. This it is a definitely once in a life time find. It looks like it was never worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a matching silk and and closes with a back painted metal and nylon zipper. Each cuff has snaps to close. Hand finishes and all the sequin work is hand done. Hand rolled edges on the matching shawl. There may be the occasional sequin missing but it presents perfectly with no outstanding issues. Carefully stored.

Sleeves: 19"
Slightly inset shoulders: 14"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 39.5" from waist to hem
Shawl: 84" x 32" 

Modern Sizing Equivalent:

Item# E703

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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