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1960s George Halley Silk & Jewel Gypsy Gown

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This gown is absolutely divine and might be my favorite of all the Halley gowns I presently have on the site. It is made even more special as it is constructed to couture standards. I love the richness and instant impact of the fabric and the elegant cut combined with that feminine palette of pastels. A George Halley design always starts with the fabric choice and this fabric is amazing. It is a rich silk organza with a stunning custom design in swaths of pretty pastels running over its surface in a soft, romantic wash of color. Over the design and following its pattern run beads and sequins, hand placed and used as an outline to give the fabric an extra layer of depth and texture. The bodice has a high neck whose collar is densely applied with hand placed jewels. The beautifully cut sleeves widen as they near the wrist and had a beaded trim. The waist sits slightly above the natural waistline giving it an almost baby doll effect. The skirt is tremendous with a great volume of fabric and full underskirts to give it the shape and fullness you see. An opulent, heavily beaded belt finishes the pieces perfectly. Halley started at Charles James who said of the young designer that he "was a genius at draping". By the time he opened his own atelier in 1966 he was in full form and was a master cutter as well. His work is on par with couture and each piece is hand finished and has all the lovely high end details one looks for in proper couture. He is without doubt one of my favorites and I treasure each piece I can acquire. Excellent, museum quality condition. Fully lined in hand set cream silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Hand finished throughout with a multi-layered inner skirt of silk organza and silk in addition to the inner silk lining. All of the bead work and sequin application through out is entirely done by hand. Couture level construction. Note that there are beads missing and a slight weakening of the fabric near the collar on one shoulder and near the seam under one arm. Slight discoloration under the arms that does not show when on. Unlabeled but absolutely a George Halley. Priced accordingly but please remember this is a one of a kind, rare, hand done gown it is extraordinary! Sleeves: 21" Shoulders: 13" Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Bodice: 14" from neck to bottom of 1" waist band Skirt: 41.5" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS 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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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    Toronto, CA
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    Item# DD2010
  • Reference number
    LU128348562

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