1 of 11 images

1980s Geoffrey Beene Sequined Silk Dress with Shawl


I love Geoffrey Beene's work during this time period and like the other sequin and silk dress listed this week this dress is also absolutely divine. It is very different from the other more sculptural dress and yet still shares some of the same elements. Here again we see the use of beautiful sequin work. On this tea length dress they are applied in dense overlapping rows on the bodice with wraped and twisted panels of the silk taffeta worked through the molded and fitted top to add depth and interest to the design. The bodice is fitted and boned with a dipped and peaked upper edge that emphasizes the bust and curves into a fitted waist. From there the skirt skims over the hips to the hem with yards and yards of silk used to create fullness that is all gathered through the top of the hip. I love the washed watercolor floral pattern that covers the silk and the little woven dots - a Beene signature - that runs over the and through the fabric. This has a stunning matching shawl that is caught up at each end in an elaborate fabric flower - again yards of silk have been used and it becomes a clever piece that can be worn full and open over the shoulders or twisted and lean as more of a scarf piece or even as a head wrap. The final detail I love - the sequin edged lace that peeks out from under the bottom hem of the skirt. It is really an amazing dress and a testament to Beene's genius. Excellent condition. Fully lined in a fine black silk organza edged in a wide black lace and sequin panel under the skirt and black silk through the bodice. It closes with a back hidden set zipper. Exceptional interior finishes and ribbon finished exterior hem. Boning through the bodice. The shawl is unlined. Dress Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Bodice: 11" from top to waist Skirt: 35.5" from waist to hem Shawl 100" x 46.5" 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


  • Condition
    Excellent. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 46.5 in.

    D 118.11 cm

  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    13.5 in. (34.29 cm)
  • Length
    46.5 in. (118.11 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2396
  • Reference number

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

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Toronto, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
1960s Geoffrey Beene Deep Blue & Graphic Silver...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
This navy and silver dress is a wonderful and early example of Geoffrey Beene's work and to me completely sums up the Beene aesthetic - a simple, almost monastic cut combined with u...
c1972 Geoffrey Beene Plunging Striped Summer Dress
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
I have had this same dress in the past but it was several years ago and I was happy to have another land in the shop as I always loved this dress. Beene is one of the great American ...
1960s Geoffrey Beene Button Front Black Boutiqu...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
We do get double of pieces in the shop now and again, and sometimes it happens years apart and sometimes just a couple of weeks go by. I literally just listed (and sold) the twin of ...
Geoffrey Beene Couture Silk Dress with Semi-Tra...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
Geoffrey Beene was one of the great American fashion designers and he was recognized for both his artistic and technical skills. He launched his label in 1963 and a piece from his ve...
You May Also Like
Geoffrey Beene Kimono Sleeve Shift Dress
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
Beautiful, sweet, and fun Geoffrey Beene black dress. The dress is made of silk with alencon lace. Lovely kimono sleeves fall from the shift shaped bodice. The alecon lace trim dangl...
1960's Geoffrey Beene Black Silk Cocktail Dress
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
Cute and chic 1960's Geoffrey Beene black silk crepe cocktail dress. Empire waist and cap sleeve. Perfect for nearly any occasion. Invisible zipper closure up back. Excellent vintag...
1988 Geoffrey Beene Little Black Dress w/Slit a...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
1988 Geoffrey Beene black silk dress featuring a knee-high slit adorned with mother-of-pearl stars. Constructed out of two layers of silk with the neck, cuffs and hem lined with silk...
1970's Geoffrey Beene Satin Tuxedo Dress W/Crys...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
1970's Geoffrey Beene satin tuxedo dress with crystal buttons down the front and at the cuffs and silver satin trim. In excellent condition. No size tag, please consult measurements....
1960s Geoffrey Beene purple and black checkered...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
Geoffrey Beene loved this shape. It may be the perfect day dress shape. With its adorable Peter Pan collar, razor sharp tailoring, deep pockets and high quality silk fabric, these Be...
1960s Geoffrey Beene Grey Wool Mod Dress
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
1960s Geoffrey Beene Grey Wool Mod Dress This dress is made of light weight grey wool flannel with cut-away arms a high neck, and knee length hem. There is rhinestone embellishmen...
1960s Geoffrey Beene Trumpet Hem Mod Sleeveless...
Geoffrey Beene, Geoffrey Beene
The ultimate vintage 60s GEOFFREY BEENE classic little black dress! It is rare to find early Beene pieces like this! Softest black fine wool that drapes over the body beautifully! Ta...
Geoffrey Beene Vintage 3 Piece Skirt + Blouse +...
Geoffrey Beene
Chic vintage GEOFFREY BEENE for NEIMAN MARCUS brown silk fitted skirt and shell blouse, and slate gray / black matching jacket ensemble! Wonderful fitted silhouette one would expect ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries