1980s Arnold Scaasi Incredible Silk Gown

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Yards and yards of silk have been used in this Arnold Scassi gown. Scaasi studied under Charles James and you can see that influence heavily in this particular piece. This would have been from his mad to order salon and dates to the late 1970s, early 1980s. The silk used is just incredible - it is a light weight, fine taffeta. The bodice is strapless and gathered to follow and highlight the bodies curves. I love how he has extended this down and past the hips, bringing the line slightly up at the front to trick the eye into seeing a smaller waist and down into a deep point at the back to make the eye travel and give length. The skirt is so dramatic and full - a true ballgown skirt! The inside construction is amazing - the inner skirt is two layers of fine black silk with a broad band of horsehair taping at the bottom hem. Over this is 4 full layers of silk net tulle and the exterior skirt sits over that and is lined in a silk organza. The inside is exquisitely constructed and it is all hand finished and done to couture standards. The ruffle that trails down the front with its shocking pink backing is the perfect final touch to this amazing one of a kind fantasy gown! Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Fully lined in a fine black tissue silk. The bodice is boned and it closes with aback metal zipper. The inner skirts as described above.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 19" from top of bodice to dropped waist at the front
Skirt: 39" from dropped waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Arnold Scaasi
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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