Incredible 1970s Completely Gold Beaded Fringe Black Caftan

Pieces like this are what I love about being in the vintage business. It is just something you are not likely to see again and it is just incredible. This amazing caftan dress is a fantastic combination of some of the most extensive bead work that has the most amazing movement to it. This is due to each of those strings of beads being secured at the base only so the slightest movement causes them to move as well. The caftan is literally covered with these little individual beaded fringes from head to toe and each fringe is a full 5.5" long. This makes the entire thing weigh about 3 pounds but because of the cut and distribution of the beads evenly over the surface, once on it doesn't feel too heavy. The base fabric is a stretch satin rayon jersey in black. The fabric has a sheen that offsets the beading perfectly and gives the piece a very "Studio 54" feel. Because the beading is so very dense it acts simply as a backdrop to the gold. It's cut loose and easy with a V neck and wide cut sleeves to the elbow. Both the back and front mimic that dip at the neck and end on pointed hems. All the edges are finished with a single row of bead and sequins. Really a show-stopper of a piece. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. Each beaded fringe was hand placed and sewn onto the base fabric. I see no missing pieces of fringe. There is an opening under each arm and is part of the design. The loose caftan cut allows it to fit a wide variety of sizes

Sleeves: 12"
Dropped shoulders: 19"
Bust: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 24.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG

Item# E594

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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