malcolm starr

Incredible 1960s Malcolm Starr by Elinor Simmons Green & Gold Metallic Beaded Dress

The dress is so good and it isn't even photoing half as good as it is in person. This is one of those pieces that really showcases the higher end work that the label was capable of. The dress is the work of Elinor Simmons who designed for the Malcolm Starr label from the early 1960s to 1972. She excelled at the heavy embellished piece that the label was known for and this is a wonderful example of her work. It is even more amazing in person and the photos cannot convey the impact of the metallic parts and the presence of it. It is gorgeous

This stunning dress is a gorgeous example of the work being done during this time period by them. The best of this label always has lots of drama and impact and this dress has a ton of all of that. The fabric is gorgeous. A heavy dose of a gold metallic thread is mixed into a pattern that combines a beautiful green shade with pinks, soft blues and other colours. The mix of all of these is fabulous. The dress is just heavy enough to hold the shape and volume you see but it is so easy to wear. The bodice skims over the torso and the neck is cut into a low V at the front that meets the heavily embellished waist line. The sleeves are cut so that they widen out as they near the cuffs. At the end of each sleeve is a 3" wide banding that is heavily embellished with gold braiding, paillettes, beads and prong set colored stones. That same heavy detailing wraps around the waist and the waist itself is set a bit higher up to sit just under the bust. The amount of detail in the embellished bands at the cuffs and waist are incredible. They pick up the colours in the dress and add this heavy jeweled element to the piece. The skirt cascades to the floor and widens out quite a bit as it nears the hem. This perfectly balances that shape of the bodice. Hidden pockets sit along the inner seams of the front skirt. There is extra fabric built in along the sides of the skirt and when this is on and you see it in person it has more of a caftan fulfilling through the skirt then how the picture seem. The fabric holds the shape of the dress beautifully and the entire dress has a subtle shimmer in the light. I love it. It is just a beautiful dress. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a pale green silky rayon and it zips to close at the back. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Ribbon edged inner hem and hand finishes.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under the bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from neck to top of the waist banding
Skirt: 47" from top of the 3" waist banding to hem with just under 3" turned under

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD438

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