donald brooks

Extraordinary 1970s Donald Brooks Metallic Copper, Gold & Black Sequin & Lame Knit Dress

I love finding Donald Brooks pieces. They are very well made and his main line pieces like this one are especially fabulous. Brooks launched his main line label in 1964. He only designed for a very short time, closing his business in 1973. He had a secondary, boutique line that he started in 1971 that also closed in 1973. This dress is from the original main line which gives us that small time period from 1964-1973 for its date.  I love it.

This it is one of the best evening pieces I have seen from his main line. It has a very sophisticated feel to it while still be incredibly easy to wear. The base of the dress is made from a black knit that has a gold metallic thread woven through it so that even under the sequins you are getting that splash of a metallic feel from head to toe. Onto the knit there is an incredible pattern done on sequins that make the entire dress catch the light from every angle. The sequins are a mix of black, gold and a deep copper and they are set in this stacked jagged row design. The sequins have been applied in this same pattern over the entire dress. The neckline is high and the bodice kept simple. It is cut to skim over the bust and the knit comes in just a bit at the waist to give a touch of shape. The skirt falls to the ground from there and widens out gradually as it nears the hem. The sleeves are long and easy. The incredible fabric makes the dress feels dramatic and sexy. It has a very Old Hollywood move star feel to it and it is even better once on the body. This is a dress that you just slip on and it is perfection. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black silky rayon and it closes with a back zipper. Each cuff snaps to close. The knit has some stretch and I have given the comfortable range below. In its original uncut length.

Sleeves: 26" and the upper arm is 12" around
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 17-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 62" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4762

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