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1970s Transparent Silk Chiffon & Crepe Couture Galanos Dress


This spectacular creation from American couturier, James Galanos, uses silk crepe and silk chiffon to create one of his signature dresses that effortless combine sensuality while still keeping a classic feel. That element of sexuality hidden behind illusion is a trait that the best of his dresses share. Galanos was particularly known for his work in silks and chiffon and this gown combines the two brilliantly. The main body of the dress is made of a deep custom dyed marigold silk crepe. This fabric choice is especially brilliant as it has a touch of stretch to it that makes it very comfortable to wear despite its sculpted look. Underneath the crepe of the bodice is a matching hued silk chiffon that gives it that transparency and allows for the dramatic plunging cut that goes right to the waist. The back is left bare under the single layer of silk chiffon that covers that, and a long keyhole slit down the center of the back allows for a sexy glimpse of skin. I love the billowing sleeves above each cuffed wrist as they add the perfect balance to the fitted bodice. The skirt fits slim around the hips and the bias cut of the silk crepe give it the perfect drape as it cascades to the floor and widens out as it nears the hem. If you love it in the photos you will be thrilled when you see it in person. It is so much better on a real body. Excellent condition. The interior silk chiffon layer on the bodice is unlined and also act as the lining behind the silk crepe parts. The skirt is interlined in the same silk chiffon as we see on the bodice. It closes with hook and eye at the back neck and a low hand set painted metal zipper. Each sleeve closes with hook & eye. Bias cut through the skirt so there is some play with the measurements through the hip. Silk ribbon interior finished seams. Made to demi-couture standards Sleeves: 27" Shoulders: 14.5" Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: 14.5" from neck to waist Skirt: 45" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML Reference Photo: Photographed for creative purposes by Nikki Ormerod, Styling: Nadia Pizzimenti, Hair & Makeup: Ashley Readings, Model: Constance from Plutino Models. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.


  • Designer
  • Brand
    James Galanos
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. There is a tiny area of thinning to the fabric near the seam of the cuff on one sleeve - it is stable and went through cleaning no problem. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 59.5 in.

    D 151.13 cm

  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Hip
    19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Length
    59.5 in. (151.13 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2356
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