Museum Held Fall 1990-91 Geoffrey Beene Sequin & Lace Dress
Only one year before Beene had opened a retail shop on 5th Avenue and his business was booming. For the 1990 season his designs were sleek and body conscious and remain to this day one of the most copied of seasons. The focus was on curves - both the female form in the dress and the lines that made up the dresses. He played with a mix of fabrics and textures mixing lace, velvet, chiffon and sequins with abandon.This is a stunning example of this season and is a sensual mix of all those fabric and cut to perfection. The shoulder and tops of the arms are set with a lame velvet in inky black. The sheen of that fabric is then picked up with the heavy covering of glossy black sequins that make up the body and skirt of the dress. A nude backed black chiffon curves in a sweeping panel between these with a dotted net curving through to be the perfect finishing accent detail. This sweeps down and around the back. The effect is that of a bare back but you are completely covered. The dress is so interesting and so stunning. It is historically important as well - the twin of this dress is held at The Met Museum (photo references attached). Excellent condition.
The sequin portions are lined in a black silk satin and the semi-transparent parts are backed in a nude silk chiffon. It closes with a back hand set zipper. Hand finished.
Sleeves: 24" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 37" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Geoffrey Beene F/W 1990-91. Dress held at the Metropolitain Museum of Art. / Spring 1990 Geoffrey Beene Ad in Details Magazine, March 1990.
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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