Simply astounding evening dress ensemble by Pauline Trigere. The ensemble consists of a dramatic skirt and matching cardigan. The skirt is maxi length with an A - line silhouette and narrow waistband. The cardigan is hip length, with long sleeves and an open front. The ensemble is fabulous, with sheer black base and scalloped devore burnout velvet that shimmers beautifully. Wear with a black silk romper (or our listed silver lame Pauline Trigere romper!) topped with the cardigan tucked wrap - like into the skirt for some 70s studio 54 fabulousness!
Beautiful gold and cream cocktail ensemble consisting of a dress and matching swing coat. The dress is knee length, with short sleeves, a bateau boat neckline, and a fitted sheath silhouette. The neckline features a curved Chinese design that complements the fabric of the ensemble. The coat is knee length as well, with a hem that lines up with the cocktail dress. The coat has long sleeves, a straight front with hidden closure near the clavicle, and an amazing accent collar that drapes around the wearers shoulders and rises above the neck for an elegant effect. The coat is structured but comfortable, with pleats on the back for ease of move and added grace. The lining of the coat is gold, and features stitched designs of Chinese symbols. Breast pocket is accented with a zig-zag folded ribbon trim. Simply divine and straight from the 60s! The dress was made for the Pee-X Clothiers Boutique inside Hong Kong's Ambassador Hotel in Kowloon.
The hotel opened in the 1960s and was famous for the massive 17 story tiled mosaic mural on its side, depicting Confucius visiting different Chinese provinces.
Astounding neon red evening dress ensemble consisting of a dress and long coat by George Stavropoulos! The red dress is maxi length, with spaghetti straps and a columnar silhouette. The dress features a thin, triangular, double layer of fabric that emerges from the neckline and falls down to the waist, adding a bit of complexity and movement to the dress. The sheer coat is maxi length as well, with a straight front and button closure at the neckline. The dress has amazing kimono sleeves with an open bottom, allowing for maximum sway and flutter. The dress includes a matching silk scarf.
George Stavropoulos was born in Tripoli in 1920. He studied fashion in Paris, and eventually opened his own salon in Athens in 1949, where he made a name for himself creating elegant chiffon draped grecian - style dresses often cut on the bias. He immigrated the United States in 1961, opening a boutique in New York where he continued to receive acclaim for his floating silk satin and chiffon creations. Stavropoulos created his gowns almost exclusively by hand, and did not use heavy ornamentation, preferring that his designs stand out due of their elegant, flowing silhouettes and fabrics.
Clients include: Elizabeth Taylor, Maria Callas, Lady Bird Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Barbara Streisand.
Astounding Lillie Rubin evening dress! The evening dress is maxi length, with a layered empire waist cream chiffon skirt that ruffles gently at the hem. The bodice of the dress is dupioni, and is covered in an elegant yet playful polkadot mirror bead design. The mirrors are small, and are accented by clear shimmering seed beads. The front waist of the dress is highlighted with a large neon yellow / green ribbon bow, adding a bit of youthful excitement and 60s panache!
The dress comes with a vest coat, however the vest coat has discoloration issues.
INCREDIBLE! We love this flashy dress and jacket set by Bill Blass! The ensemble includes a gold, brown, and silver fully sequined cocktail dress with a moddish knee - length A - line silhouette that includes a high jewel neckline and short sleeves. The jacket is knee - length as well, with long sleeves, a round neckline, and a straight - down - the - middle closure in front. The exterior of the jacket is plush, marled grey wool, the interior is lines in the same brilliant sequin fabric as the dress. This unconventional set is fantastic, and can be worn together or separately, with each garment as a fantastic statement piece!
We just love this 1970s sequin dress! The dress is maxi length, with long sleeves, and an A - line silhouette with a cinched waist further highlighted by a wide belt. The dress has front button closures, and features a high neckline with an oh - so - 70s pointed collar. The skirt, belt, and cuffs are completely covered in clear sequins, adding a lot of sparkle while still maintaining the form and color of the vibrant, oversized, red, orange, and blue floral print underneath. Fabulous!
Belt is 37 " long
Stunning colorful floral dress made of smooth Thai silk. The dress is maxi length, with long, loose sleeves, an empire silhouette, and a high neckline with narrow V - neck slit. The print of the dress is just fantastic - chrysanthemums in neon pinks and purples pop on a black silk background, with streams of purple and pops of bright leaves in two - tone green. The bodice of the dress features bright red piping around the empire waist that is echoed in the frog buttons below the neckline, and in a panel of fabric that peeks out from the center slit of the skirt. Brilliant!
The Thai silk industry burst onto the global stage in the 1950s and 1960s, partly due to the efforts of Jim Thompson, an American businessman who helped introduce it to the American public. Thompson went missing in 1967, but his impact on the industry continues - his house has become a museum and pilgrimage site for those interested in Thai silk textiles and Southeast Asian art. This dress was created during the 1960s when there was a wave of interest in Thai silk and Asian art motifs, leading to the creation of various silk firms.
Striking silk ensemble by Mary McFadden consisting of a maxi skirt and long coat that pair beautifully together. The coat is shin length, with long sleeves, no lapel, button-less front closure, and a jewel neckline. The coat is composed of an amazing hand painted floral lotus design on a pink and blue swirl wave background, with a horizontal quilting stitch that adds plushness and structure. The skirt is ankle length, with a narrow band, and a hidden bubble - like hem that curves inwards, filling the skirt with playful volume.
Mary McFadden is best known for her Fortuny - inspired plisse evening dresses, so we were delighted to find this unusual skirt and jacket ensemble. Although not similar of her usual designs, this dress still features McFadden's fastidious attention to detail.
Skirt Measurements :
Hip: 35 "
We LOVE this 1940s black silk skirt and blouse ensemble. The blouse is incredible; composed of slinky black silk, the blouse fits comfortably on the wearer. The structured shoulders are covered in an amazing black sequin arrowpoint design that parts at the center for a V - neckline, and stretches down to the waist. The blouse ruches around the sequins at the waist, carving out the classic 40s silhouette of the piece. The A - line skirt falls below the knee, and flutters wonderfully when worn. Zip closures. Perfect.
Skirt Length - 28"
Paganne does it again with this playful black and red racehorse print knit dress! The dress is maxi length, with an A - line skirt, long sleeves, a jewel neckline, and a fitted bodice. The bodice is primarily red, with black shoulders and arms, and a fun jockey's cap border on the cuffs and at the bust line. The skirt depicts various racehorses and their jockeys trotting and galloping through a scene. Waist is accented by a long black belt with fringe. Slit on left leg adds a bit of drama.
The Paganne label was created by Gene Berk in the 1960s. Berk studied to become a lawyer but found himself working in the fashion industry, merchandising for menswear, and at one point creating sportswear for Oleg Cassini. In the late 1960s Berk struck out on his own, and sent hand sketched designs to Italy so that they could be screen printed onto fabric. He was the American answer to the various French and Italian designers (Pucci, Lanvin, Leonard, and Bessi) who prized bold, graphic prints.
Berk would begin his creative process by designing the print first, and then deciding how it would be formed into a garment; often times the fabric would be used for various pieces. His prints were varied - botanical, geometric, modernist, figural - but all had the same 1960s/1970s bold flair, printed onto silk jersey, cotton knits, velvets, and Qiana nylon synthetics.
We love this fantastic, bold shift dress and jacket by Saks! The dress falls below the knee, is sleeveless, and has a faux turtleneck with a tie - able bow accent. The dress has a blouson waist, and the bodice is accented by tuxedo blouse pleating. The jacket is waist length, with long sleeves, and a jewel neckline with no collar. The fabric is AMAZING. A psychedelic, almost neon background of blues, greens, oranges, and purples swirled together in Ebru - like twists. The watercolor base is host to a check of gold that shimmers brilliantly above the spiraling blue. The color and shine of this dress reminds us of the shine and brilliance of a tropical fish, ha!
Beautiful black and gold evening dress by Suzy Perette in that iconic 1950s "New Look" Style! The piece features an an elegant yet playful polkadot pattern of shimmering gold circles in varying sizes and opacities that reminds one of the night sky. The dress is midi length, falling at the calf, with straps and a rounded neckline. The dress has an A - line silhouette with a cinched waist accented by a diagonally placed black velvet bow. The dress has a large, full skirt featuring a black velvet panel that adds textural interest to the piece.
Suzy Perette was an American company that licensed French designs and created them stateside, usually selling them at more reasonable costs. Their most famous pieces included Christian Dior’s “New Look” silhouette, featuring a cinched waist and full skirt. Suzy Perette was crucial in introducing American women to the marvels of French fashion, and doing so at an affordable cost that allowed the wearer’s to look like chic Parisiennes without having to go on a transatlantic trip!
Striking bright red "New Look" cocktail evening dress by Suzy Perette! This dress is classic 1950s, with a midi - length hem that falls at the calves, thin straps, and a square neckline. The bodice features ruching down the front, that tapers around the waist, creating an optical illusion that cinches the wearer's waist. The dress has a slight trumpet silhouette, with the bodice extending downward, fitted at the hipbones, and accented by a red ribbon bow. The full skirt of the dress is magnificent, and includes thick, belt - like detail at the back, recalling the voluminous dresses of the Belle Epoque, a time period of small waists and big skirts that had significant influence on 1950s fashion.
Glorious gold floral brocade evening dress in Christian Dior's "New Look" style. The dress is magnificent, with a full, midi - length skirt that falls at the calves, and a fitted bodice. The bodice is strapless, with a sweetheart neckline accented by petal - like semicircle folds that add additional structural interest to the neckline. The dress pattern is amazing. The golden background plays host to a swirling collection of flowers, berries, and peacocks depicted in an Indian style. Dress shimmers and sways beautifully when worn. Sublime.
Bold bright and beautiful Color of the Season “yellow” with orange and red dress by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. The dress is maxi length with an A - line silhouette, lightly pleated skirt for added volume, long, fitted sleeves, a fitted bodice, and a curving V - neck with sweetheart - like point. The print of the dress is amazing! Vivid florals of varying sizes in orange and red jump off the light cream background, trailing across the dress in an almost uninterrupted pattern.
Fabulous! Zipper closure in back.
Beautiful intricately printed dress by Youssef Rizkallah for Malcolm Starr. The dress is maxi length, with an A - Line silhouette, long bishop sleeves with a wide cuff, a fitted bodice, and a wide jewel neckline. The dress is brilliant and colorful, with bright shades of green, yellow, orange, and purple offset with cream. The dress features a spectacular Art - Deco - meets - Middle - East pattern with swirling geometric forms offset by conspicuous florals including lotus designs. Truly fabulous.
Not much is known about Youssef Rizkallah’s childhood. He was born in Cairo in the 1920s and went to study at the École des Arts Decoratifs in Paris when he was 19. While in Paris, Rizkallah apprenticed under Jacques Griffe and Pierre Balmain. Rizkallah returned to Cairo and became wildly successful providing couture fashion to the Queen of Jordan and the wives of arab diplomats. In the 1950s he moved to Los Angeles on the behest of fellow designer Jean Louis. Rizkallah soon found himself collaborating with stateside designers including Luis Esteves and Malcolm Starr. Rizhallah then went on to create a womenswear line in 1975.
Rizhallah's work was defined by brilliant colors, textures, and forms that played against each other to create elegant designs.
Bright and shimmering maxi length couture dress by Nat Kaplan. The dress has a loose shift silhouette with long, wide kimono - like sleeves, and a jewel neckline. The dress features an amazing sheer fabric with an oversized blue and green floral pattern highlighted by thick gold linework.
After Nat Kaplan’s untimely death in 1956, his wife, Sylvia, took over the reins of the company while simultaneously raising their children alone. Sylvia was precise and exacting, she understood the company’s clients and knew that women demanded style, comfort, and convenience. She personally made sure that she tried on each and every dress on the design line before it was cut for production. The dress features the fun, bright colors, sheer fabrics, and expert fits Sylvia Kaplan liked to work with!
Astounding maximalist evening dress by Oscar de la Renta! The maxi length dress has long sleeves, a columnar A-line skirt with fitted waist, giving the dress a silhouette similar to the cheongsam. The dress is primarily composed of brilliant golden green brocade fabric delicately defined with reptile - like scales. The skirt and "under" bodice of the dress are composed of the scale fabric, and are masterfully complimented by a black floral lace bolero jacket - like bodice with scalloped edges, a high V - neckline, and two elegant black silk frog buttons with a floral ribbon base. Black ribbon at the hem echoes he details on the top.
Amazing dark navy blue light weight wool dress and coordinating hat by Yohji Yamamoto! The dress has a loose drop waist silhouette with lightly pleated skirt, short sleeves, and a deep V - neckline openings both in the front and back of the dress. The dress comes with a wide scarf that conceals the fichu - like V - neck.
Also available for purchase separately is an iconic wool hat designed by Akio Hirata for Yohji Yamamoto. Hat is featured in last image.
Amazing deep royal blue and metallic gold evening dress with matching jacket ensemble by Oscar de la Renta. The brocade dress is maxi length with an A - line skirt, fitted bodice, thin spaghetti straps, and a cinched waist accented by a wide belt made of the same gold and blue material. The jacket is waist length, with long sleeves, and a mandarin collar. The pattern of the dress is magnificent, with an elaborate byzantine pattern composed of overlapping arches, scallops, and bands of repeating quatrefoils. Divine!
Wonderful deep maroon red skirt and shrug set by Janus of Norway. This two piece ensemble is made out of plush, warm virgin wool featuring a mostly red color scheme with dashes of black and orange in the form of a traditional Norwegian knitting pattern near the hem. The long maxi length skirt sits at the natural waist, and skims the curves of the body. The shawl is thick and wide, and can be worn a number of ways, including around the head and neck as a scarf, or around the shoulders as a sort of slinky shawl top. Wonderful!
Janus of Norway has been creating fine wool garments and accessories since 1895.
Top Measurements: Bust: 43" Length:9.5"
So fun! We love this unusual maxi length intarsia knit sweater by Giorgio di Sant’Angelo! The sweater dress has long sleeves and a jewel collar, and features an amazing aeronautic intarsia knit design of various aircrafts whirling about in the sky, including a biplane with “37007HR” on its wing. The planes are knit in a bright orange color, echoing the wide orange collar and sleeve cuffs. Stripes of green are present on the lower and upper arms, as well as on the bottom of the skirt, giving the piece a vibrant “racing stripe” edge.
A dress identical to this one has been exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum as part of their Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo retrospective that took place in fall 2011 / winter 2012.
The sweater was was also mentioned in a 1973 Time Magazine article titled “Fashion is an Honest Sweater.”
"There are many reasons for the new sweater enthusiasm. Selections in both color and style are wider than ever… Many sweaters now sport knitted-in portraits of people or animals. Betsey Johnson's "ecology" line features trees and fish; Giorgio di Sant'Angelo portrays a plane taking off. Stan Herman's trompe l'oeil sweater dresses have fake belts and scarves knitted into the material. Others contrast jazzy colors, stripes and polka dots in dazzling juxtaposition. "Sweaters are completely different now," says Sant'Angelo. "We have these fabulous synthetic yarns and colors." Says Herman: "Sweaters are the only way to dress.""
Channel your inner Marilyn or dance like studio 54 could only have imagined in this fun and flirty knit white dress by Jill Richards. The dress ensemble is composed of a white maxi dress and coordinating white knit shawl. The dress has a sweetheart - like neckline with thin spaghetti straps and grecian - like wrapped pleating around the bust, giving way to an elegant waterfall pleat down the front of the dress. The dress features a slip layer that peeks out from under the hem, adding volume and interest to the bottom of the skirt. The shawl is amazing, with bold white feather trim accented with silver tinsel!
The white - on white disco fabulousness of this fit makes us think of Bianca Jagger's iconic white studio 54 suit!