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1980s Scaasi Classic Red Off Shoulder Day to Night Dress


1980's Scaasi off-shoulder red knee length dress. Elegance in silhouette and in simplicity. Short sleeves, 13" side slit and darting at the bust and waist add to the refined silhouette. Wear with a blazer and pumps for a busy work day and throw on a necklace and off the jacket and your ready for any charity event or to just out for a chance to dance the night away. This classic Scaasi will only increase in value over time. Make it yours! Seam allowance can be let out 1 inch Hem can be lengthened 1 3/4 inch *All MRS Couture garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping. They are ready to wear upon arrival. Arnold Scassi, born Arnold Isaacs to a Montreal-based Jewish family, was inspired by his glamorous Aunt, and developed a passion for fashion at an early age. Scaasi enrolled in the Cotnoir-Capponi school in Montreal, and spent his senior year at the Chambre Syndicale in Paris, after which he apprenticed at the house of Paquin, and then later applied for a job with Christian Dior. Dior took his time responding to Scassi. Scassi, who was impatient and ready to work, moved to New York, where he worked under Charles James for some time, before setting out on his own in 1956. Hoping to adopt some Italian flair, Arnold Isaacs took is last name, and reversed it, turning “Isaacs” into “Scaasi.” In 1958, two years after launching his company, Scaasi won the Coty Award for Greatest Achievement in Creative Design by an American, a pivotal success in his career. Scassi opened a couture salon and made it his goal to dress socialites, celebrities, and other members of the elite, including Joan Crawford, Claudette Colbert, Sophia Loren, and Natalie Wood. His most memorable designs were meant for the ballroom, although he did create a couple ready-to-wear lines, as well as design accessories, menswear, and perfume. The backbone of his business were wealthy clients with busy social calendars. Scassi designed film costumes for Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Sally Field, and also designed the infamous sheer ensemble Barbara Streisand wore to the 1968 Academy Awards. In 1996 Scaasi was presented with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. Scassi has had numerous museum retrospectives, and his designs sit in numerous museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida.


  • Condition
    Good. Stain on lining. Missing original belt. Picture shown..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked size
    12 (US)
  • Bust
    37.5 in. (95.25 cm)
  • Waist
    32 in. (81.28 cm)
  • Hip
    42.5 in. (107.95 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    43 in. (109.22 cm)
  • Seller location
    Houston, TX
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