This dress is a wonderful and early example of Geoffrey Beene's work and to me completely sums up the Beene aesthetic - his pieces are often best when he kept them to a simple cut that had unexpected details. Here the bold use of graphic lines done in perfect little rows of rhinestones create a high impact statement in the simplest of ways. The cut of the black silk dress is long and lean and the fine silk used gives the dress a nice lightness and refinement. The vertical set crystal rhinestone detailing that runs down the front is suggestive of a tuxedo and adds a real sense of glamour to the dress. The buttons are exquisite little crystal squares and run down the front and close each rhinestone edged cuff as well. It all adds up to a dress that is simple but dramatic, perfectly constructed. The choice of using that fine, scarf weight silk, and the very suggestion of pleats that extend out from the crystal detailing, allows the dress to fall in a soft column when on and the fabric to gently follow your movements. A wonderful, statement piece from a master. Excellent condition.
Unlined and slip on to wear with crystal buttons down the front. Each cuff has the same crystal buttons. I see no missing or darkened rhinestones. You could belt it for more shape though it is meant to be worn loose and easy
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.