Extraordinary 1960s Feather & Rhinestone Strapless Gown
This is an absolutely extraordinary vintage gown that is a once in a life time find. In person, the texture and depth created by the extravagant feathers and rhinestone applique, combined with the layers and layers of silk and net, is just phenomenal. This is a gown that could be worn to a high gala or ball or perhaps even worn as a wedding gown for the bride that wants to make a string statement. The bodice and upper skirting is covered with a rhinestone applique whose design is set to suggest huge plumes of feathers that run over the bodice and down the skirt. Hand placed around those rhinestones are ostrich feathers that dance with the slightest movement. The bodice is fitted and sculpted with a full inner foundation. It nips in at the waist and then the skirts flare out to full and beautiful. Two layers of silk net sit atop the inner cream silk skirt and under that are multiple layers of stiffened net that hold the shape with a silk inner skirt against the skin for comfort. The skirt trails out slightly at the back and the fit is wonderful. In person it is a touch more cream then white which is what takes it out of the territory of only being appropriate as wedding gown. The drama of the feathers and rhinestones are magnificent in person. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in silk with a full proper foundation garment hidden under the lining of the bodice Multiple layers under the skirt of tulle net and silk. It closes with a back painted zipper. I had this specialty cleaned by a couture cleaners so it is ready to be worn (I have everything cleaned of course but some intricate items like this require it to be sent out to specialists). Perhaps the slightest of grubbiness remains along the bottom hem edge but this is extremely minor and in no way affects its presentation. Note that it was a touch big on my mannequin and I do not like to over-pin or clamp garments - on the proper size girl it will fit securely and cinch down at the waist properly. This is properly made and has a good weight to it but once on and fitted it balances itself out. Size wise it fits a dressmakers US 8 exactly. If you are a 6 or less it would need to be tweaked or alternatively let out if you are a 10.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 49" from waist to front hem and another 10" longer at the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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