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c1984 Arnold Scaasi Heart Covered Emerald Green Strapless Dress


This dress is by Arnold Scassi and it has the most wonderful and romantic fabric choice. Scaasi worked under Charles James at the start of his career and many of his gowns reflect this early influence. His boutique line was launched in 1984 and was high end ready to wear and very expensive. Pieces from it often have a demi-couture level finish and really are an extension of his couture line. I love the color of this dress and how the green silk is covered from the top of the strapless bodice to bottom hem with hearts in a different shade of green. The technique used to create the hearts is very interesting and deserves a special mention. Basically, a layer of bias cut silk that has the heart shapes stamped out, is fused onto an inner layer of silk chiffon. This attached, layered, fabric technique gives the heart design a slight 3D, layered 'window' feel. The lines of the dress are equally as wonderful and it is cut with no seams through the waist and with a smooth line to create an almost sculptural feel at the front. It falls to the floor in one unbroken swoop of fabric from the bodice to the hem. The back is where the detail has been concentrated and it has a gathered pleat that sits under the small of the back to give the back skirts extra fullness and volume. Just above that gathering sit four large bows in a line across. Inside, the interior of the dress has a built in inner corset for a perfectly fitted and secure feel. It is just beautiful. Excellent condition Fully lined in a matching green tissue silk and closes with a back zipper. It has in inner waist stay and the bodice is lightly boned. The skirt has an inner skirt made of two layers of silk and the outer skirt is lined in an organza. Both the inner and outer layer of the skirt have a wide banding of stiffened netting at the hem to help hold the shape. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Bust: to 18" flat across inside from side seam to side seam Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Bodice: 52" from top of bodice 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.


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

    D 52 in. x L 52 in.

    D 132.08 cm x L 132.08 cm

  • Bust
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Waist
    14.5 in. (36.83 cm)
  • Length
    52 in. (132.08 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD1453
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