1 of 10 images

1960s Black Silk & Chiffon Galanos Balloon Sleeve Dress

About

This wonderful little black dress is a testament to the greatness of James Galanos who was one of the great American Couturiers. Every detail on it is perfect and every seam is placed to ensure that the dress falls and sits properly once on and flatters the person wearing it. When it is extremely light and has a "floating" feel to it and yet, at the same time it still feels like a properly constructed couture level garment. The fabric is a fine silk through the body with a textured silk chiffon used for the sleeves and the lining. It is cut with a gathered skirt that slightly flares out and moves wonderfully. There is a small discreet slit on the front and also at the back that gives you ease of movement through the skirt. The sleeves are fantastic and the star of the dress. Each is very long when off the body but once on and buttoned, they pouf out above the wrist dramatically . This combination of silks and the cut give the dress a romantic and feminine quality. High inset shoulders are the perfect finish. It is am amazing original Galanos piece that is extremely collectible and infinitely wearable. A real treasure of a find and once of the best constructed dresses I have seen. Excellent condition. Fully lined in a full second layer of fine silk chiffon except for the sleeves which are left unlines. It closes with a hand-set back painted metal zipper and each cuff has a button with a proper dressmakers button hole to close. Lots of other couture level details - tiny loops inside each shoulder keeps your undergarments in place, hand finished and properly finished seam edges inside. Shoulders: no true defined seam Sleeves: 32" long but meant to pouf above the cuff once buttoned up Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 13-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Bodice: 15.5" from neck to waist Skirt: 26.5" from waist 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

Details

  • Designer
  • Brand
    James Galanos
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 40 in. x L 40 in.

    D 101.6 cm x L 101.6 cm

  • Marked size
    XS-SML (4-8) (NA)
  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    13.5 in. (34.29 cm)
  • Length
    40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD918
  • Reference number
    AU1208051281137

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Toronto, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Galanos Couture Pleated Peach and Taupe Silk Ch...

James Galanos, James Galanos

James Galanos was a genius at manipulating the finest of silks and when one finds such an exemplary example of his work like this it is a true joy. You can see the similarities to th...

NaN

Striking 1970s James Galanos Pink Silk Chiffon ...

James Galanos, James Galanos

This Galanos gown is made from layers of silk chiffon done in a striking combination of pink that has an overlay of an olive green silk that creates that fabulous 'apron' detail on t...

NaN

1970s Metallic Silver & Gold Thread Silk Galano...

James Galanos, James Galanos

In person this dress literally glows as if lit from within. The effect of the gold thread & silver metallic thread worked through the black silk backdrop is breathtaking. This piece ...

NaN

1970s See-Through Lace Detail James Galanos Cou...

James Galanos, James Galanos

Galanos was known as the designer that could rival the French in terms of construction and design. He launched his atelier in 1951 and though he was never a designer that was formall...

You May Also Like
NaN

1979 Galanos Couture Black Silk Asymmetric One ...

James Galanos, James Galanos

Breathtaking Galanos custom couture gown dating back to his 1979 collection. Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship and design was the foundation of James Galanos' career. The qua...

NaN

1982 Galanos Couture Black White Floral Print C...

James Galanos, James Galanos

Breathtaking museum-held Galanos custom couture gown ensemble dating back to his 1982 collection. Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship and design was the foundation of James Gal...

NaN

1970's Galanos Colorful Graphic Deco Print Silk...

James Galanos, Galanos

Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship and design was the foundation of James Galanos' career. The quality of workmanship found in his clothing is unsurpassed in America today. It...

NaN

1960's Galanos Watercolor Novelty Fish Print Si...

James Galanos, Galanos

Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship and design was the foundation of James Galanos' career. The quality of workmanship found in his clothing is unsurpassed in America today. It...

NaN

1950s James Galanos Little Black Dress in Silk ...

James Galanos, Galanos

A lovely, simple and elegant 1950s James Galanos "little black dress": silk chiffon with front, center pleating and draping of skirt. Back button-up chiffon bodice. Completely line...

NaN

Vintage Galanos Green Crushed Velvet Evening Dress

James Galanos, Galanos

Striking green crushed velvet by couturier James Galanos for Neiman Marcus! This fun, bright dress has long sleeves with zipper closures, a draped neckline, and padded shoulders. T...

NaN

Galanos for Bergdorf's Chiffon Dress

James Galanos, James Galanos

This is a wonderful printed plaid dress from designer James Galanos. Galanos was one of the most respected and well-loved couturers in North America and counted a wide selection of H...

NaN

1970's Galanos Blue Yellow Abstract Print Silk-...

James Galanos

Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship and design was the foundation of James Galanos' career. The quality of workmanship found in his clothing is unsurpassed in America today. It...