1970's Thea Porter Couture Black Cut-Velvet & Pleated Chiffon Bell-Sleeve Dress

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Gorgeous early "Thea Porter" gown fashioned in art-nouveau floral cut silk-velvet and crepe-chiffon. The knife-pleated chiffon is set in inverted insets from the waist to the bottom hem. When you move, the yards of fabric create stunning fluidity and lavishness. The same knife-pleating is done on each wide, flowing sleeve. I love the low-cut plunge bodice complete with faceted jet-black beads and an exaggerated "femme fatale" collar. During the early 1970's, her clothing attracted many celebrity customers who enjoyed wearing her erotic, yet comfortable, creations whose secret was to conceal rather than reveal. She admits her fashions were created in that particular style as she had always felt very envious of Arab women because they can hide behind their clothes, it is a very protected and secure way to feel. Admitting that some of her creations were far removed from anything an Arab woman would wear she said that she felt, "It's important that the end result should be my own romantic fantasies." This dress is truly breathtaking, museum quality and very rare.

Measurements
Bust:36-37 inches
Waist:29 inches
Hips:Free Sweep
Sleeve Length:24 inches
Total Length:57 inches

This garment is in excellent condition with no rips,stains or holes. Perfectly working back-zipper. This item is over 30 years old and is truly breathtaking!

Details

  • Designer
    Thea Porter
  • Brand
    Thea Porter
  • In the Style Of
    Bohemian
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent.
    Dimensions
    57 in. L
    145 cm L
  • Bust
    36 in. (91 cm)
  • Waist
    29 in. (74 cm)
  • Length
    57 in. (145 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    AU130310309481
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