Rare 1970s Coral Silk Chiffon Stavropoulos Dress & Capelet
George Stavropoulos was an amazing designer and to find his early work is already fabulous but to find a piece done at this level is just a treat. This gown is really museum worthy. His clients, who included Elizabeth Taylor and opera singer Maria Calla, adored and cherished him for his ability to create stunning evening wear. His hallmark pieces were simple but with a masters attention to cut. He shunned overt ornamentation and instead focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. This is an amazing example of what he could create following that simple guideline. His pieces are almost always entirely hand made and most are made to demi-couture standards giving you incredible value for your money.
This stunning dress with its matching capelet and mile-long sash is incredible. I love the lightness and airiness created by the chiffon and the brilliance of that perfect summer coral (in person it is a true coral - the photos don't quite capture the tone of the color - its better in person). The fabric is cut on the bias and there are yards and yards used to make this little beauty. Incredibly, there are four full layers of silk used in the skirt alone! The bodice is cut simply with a rounded, scooped front and another scoop at the back that is cut lower for a little extra bit of skin to show. The waist is seamed so that is is very flattering without being overtly fitted - if you want to add more definition you can cinch on the sash around your waist. That spectacular full skirt then flows beautifully to the floor from there. The little cape that comes with it, sits on the shoulders, buttoning to either the back or front depending on how you want to wear it - and adds a pretty detail and flowing feel to the dress. The sash is very ling and you can wear it a multitude of ways and even substitute the capelet out and wear it around the neck for a bit of a different look to the dress. It is very pretty and fresh feeling - a girl will dance the entire night away in a dress like this. Excellent condition
Comprised of multiple layers of the same coral silk chiffon. Closes with a back, hidden set, painted zipper. The capelet is unlined and buttons at the neck. I see one teeny bit of darkening to the fabric about mid thigh on one side. The volume of fabric efficiently hide it and it does not detract. Bias cut so there is some play in the listed measurements - we have listed to the max they will go
Bust: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 39" from waist to hem
Length: 14.5" from top to bottom
120" x 30"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos: Shot for creative purposes by Nicole Ormerod / Stylist: Nadia Pizzimenti / Hair & Makeup: Jodi Urichuk / models: Riley Young & Viktoria Light.
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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