c1961 Peach Silk Chiffon Softly Pleated Galanos Dress

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Galanos was such a genius and when one finds such an exemplary example of his work like this it is a true joy. I have dated this dress to 1961 based on the famous Gordon Parks photo of Gloria Vanderbilt. In it she wears a version of a similar dress with the same treatment to the hem. The construction on this particular Galanos dress is just divine. It is made of layers of a pretty peach colored silk chiffon anchored by a strip of cafe au lait silk at the bottom hem. The silk chosen is as light as a feather and is a difficult fabric to work with under any circumstance but Galanos takes it a step farther and made the entire dress this intricate pleated construction that is just a work of art. The silk is cut it on the bias and then sharply knife pleated in ling vertical lines - even the sleeves have been pleated. The top is cut to sit loose and easy with the waist cinched in with a wide ribbed leather belt. That pleated layer sits over an inner silk one and this really gives the dress an interesting texture and depth and makes for a pretty flounce when you sit or twirl. The sleeves are stupendous - each is cut very wide and full and offer a dramatic finish tot he dress. Very feminine and very pretty. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in the same peach colored silk chiffon and closes with a double back, painted metal zippers - one that closes the interior layer and a second that is cleverly hidden under the pleats. Each cuff has elastic. Hand finishes throughout. The belt shows some minor wear - light scuffing here and there but is otherwise in excellent condition. I see two tiny smudges on the back shoulder that do not distract but are mentioned for accuracy. The color has more of a pop and brightness to it in a person. The photos do not do this amazing piece justice at all

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 13.5"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner lining at hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 39" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Reference Photos: (1) Vulkan Magazine, March 29 2016. (Photographer/Art Director: Michael Kai Young. Fashion Director: Georgia Groom. Hair & Makeup: Robert Weir @ Judy Inc. Models: Erin Forster @ Elmer Olsen/Andrew Podolio @ Elite Toronto/Want Management.) / (2) Gloria Vanderbilt in James Galanos, 1961, by Gordon Parks.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

Details

  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Excellent. The belt shows some minor wear - light scuffing here and there but is otherwise in excellent condition. I see two tiny smudges on the back shoulder that do not distract but are mentioned for accuracy. The color has more of a pop and brightness to it .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    LU1281387413
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