adele simpson

Stunning 1970s Adele Simpson Red & Gold Brocade Dress w Rhinestone Detailing

Adele Simpson launched her label in 1949 and remained at its helm until the early 1980s. She became known as 'America’s First Ladies’ Designer' after dressing 6 first ladies over the course of her long career. She was also one of the founders of both the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the Fashion Group International (FGI). She favored quality and longevity over trends and her pieces were well made ready-to-wear at prices that were attainable for the modern woman. She was once asked what fashion was to her and she replied that for her it was 'a fascination with the way people all over the world express their sense of beauty.' This is a beautiful example of her work during this point of her label.

This dress is just gorgeous. It is made out of a deep red brocade mixed with an ivory pattern that covers the entire dress. worked in through the design is a muted gold thread that gives the entire dress a touch of a metallic feel. I love the elaborate floral pattern that runs over the entire dress. With the  metallic finish to them it really makes this pattern pop. The dress is cut to skim over the bust and the neckline is a simple scoop. From there the dress skims down over the waist and hips and the skirt flares out beautifully as it reaches the hem. This would be a beautiful dress just with this fabric alone but this one has the added detail of rhinestones, silver braiding and gold beads that elevate it even more. The silver braiding is laid out with the beads and rhinestones applied on top of it. It circles all the way around the neck and then runs in a double row down the front. From there it runs around the waist and is set slightly high to emphasize the empire cut feel that the dress has. More of the rhinestones and silver run around the end of each sleeve and then a panel runs up vertically to just below the elbow. This at an incredible amount of glamour to the dress and I love it. It is a stunning piece. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a red silky rayon and closes at the back with a zipper. The occasional rhinestone may have a slight darkening to it. It looks to have been worn very little.

Sleeves: 22.5"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from top of shoulder to detailing at waist
Skirt: 44" from detailing at waist to hem with 3" turned under the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4224

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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