Fabulous 1970s Holly's Harp Red Fused Velvet & & Silk Chiffon Tiered Dress
Holly Harp opened a shop LA in the late 1960s and created custom clothing under the Holly's Harp label. She tended to create her clothing out of a hodge-podge of new and old materials. In the beginning she favored things like feathers and fringe but her aesthetic became more 'grown up' and glamorous as her career progressed and she started to focus more on jerseys and draping. She was an avid thrifter and you can often see the influence of earlier decades in her work like with the kimono-esque hand painting and embroidered work on this piece. This is a dress I have had in my archives for a long time and its spectacula.
This is a beautiful example of her work and dresses like this from her are impossible to find anymore. My personal theory on why that is, is that the women who bought her work either wore them to death or are still hoarding them. Her work is magical. The dress is done in the most striking jewel toned red coloured silk velvet mixed with a red silk chiffon. The colour is so dramatic and rich feeling. It is completely cut on the bias cut and only truly comes to life once on the body. The cut is stunning and everything you want from a dress. The neckline is scooped at the front and again at the back. The dress is suspended from two tiny red silk straps and I love the delicate sprinkle of bead work at the base of each strap. The dress skims over you all the way down the body and is so easy to wear. The top layer of the dress is a fused red velvet on silk chiffon. The fabric is very light in weight. To add a little extra glitz there is this subtle bit of silver thread that runs through the velvet parts and these catch the light fantastically. Under this top layer there are three layers of silk chiffon and then a final inner layer of red silk. These are cut in a rolled edge uneven point that centers sown the back and front. The layers give the dress incredible movement and I love the contrast between the velvet and the silks. And the silk underlays go all the way up and are attached around the neckline. This gives you a smooth finish without adding any bulk. It is incredible and so light in weight. It's bias cut mans that when you stand still it falls in one beautiful sleek column but there is actually several yards of fabric in the skirts. It is only when you move that the amount of fabric that is actually there is revealed. The final perfect touch are those strands of piping that are at each side to suggest that the top layer is gathered up so the underskirts can peek out. The piping is finished with beads and there is also more bead work where they are set in on each side. The bead work there is very fine and elaborate. The dress is very well made and hand finished throughout. It is a beauty. Excellent condition
Fully lined an a red silk as described above. Bias cut and just slips on to wear. It has a large of movement and should fit a range of sizes.
Bust: 15-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from top of bodice to longest point of the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-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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