Stunning 1960s Paul Whitney Numbered Strapless Beaded Gold & Red Silk Brocade Dress
Paul Whitney was a independent designer that there is not a lot of information out there on, but the pieces that I have seen are always extremely well-made. I think he did custom one-off pieces on request for his clients. This dress is absolutely stunning and shows the level of detail that he put into his work. The dress is numbered so certainly was a custom ordered piece. It is stunning.
The fabric on this dress is a beautiful deep red silk brocade that has a secondary gold design woven through its surface. This design runs over the entire dress and the silk seems to almost glow from within as a result of this color combination. The gold thread has been done in such a way that it almost sits on top of the base which gives the design this fabulous 3D feel. The red has a very rich and vibrant feel to it and in person, it has a more luminescent effect to it then how it photoed. I know the person who buys this will be very pleased once they see this one in real life. The bodice is strapless and it is cut to curve around the bust with inner boning and shaping to the front. The waist is seamed and defined below this with bead work. This tops a beautifully cut skirt that has a soft fullness as it widens out to the floor. The entire bodice is detailed with red and gold beads and there are 3D strands of bead work that sit in each of the medallions that circle the bodice. It is gorgeous. The construction of this dress is impeccable. It is also drop dead gorgeous and did not photo anywhere near how good it is in person. Excellent condition with one small note below to review.
Fully lined in a red silk though the bodice. It has an a hook and eye interior waist stay. Hand finishes throughout. Closes with a back painted metal zipper and has silk covered snaps over the bottom part of the zipper. The inner hem is unfinished around its edge.
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam with room for a B-C cup at the front
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 9" from top of dress to waist
Skirt: 46.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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