Gorgeous black silk evening dress by Tur Zel! The dress is a tightly fitted maxi floor length sheath silhouette with a nipped waist and an exaggerated sweetheart necklace. The sweetheart bust accented by a silk bow-like twist with the knot located at the dip. The dress also has a slit that comes up to the knee.
Miami was the mid century fashion capital of the American South, capturing both local clientele and those spending their winters in sunny Florida. Many of the nations finest salons, including Tur Zel, were located on Lincoln Road.
Fabulous deep purple velvet dress by Mollie Parnis! The dress features a knee length skirt, long sleeves, and an exaggerated spread arrow collar with V - neck. The dress has a series of buttons on the front for closure. The dress has an A - Line silhouette with a pinched waist accented by a wide, satin ribbon (tied in a bow!) in indigo. The dark floral print on the dress presents foliage, flowers, and birds, and makes us think of Barbara Hulanicki's Biba and William Morris' verdant prints.
Paired with some really high under, at or over the knee boots and your ready for a day or night to remember!
Beautiful empire waist evening dress by Donald Brooks. The dress is composed of soft wool, is floor length, has a scoop neck with thin shoulder straps, and a scallop - like underbust with princess seams. There are four buttons in back, bringing together the empire waist, as well as zipper for closure. The dress has a simple yet striking silhouette with clean lines and fine detail.
Donald Brooks had an extensive career in commercial fashion and costume design, his commercial work was dramatic and sensational, taking cues from his costume designs. He first worked for Townley Frocks in 1959, replacing the late, great Claire McCardell, before opening his own company in 1964. He later created a boutique line in 1971, and then closed his business entirely in 1973. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Brooks designed under different manufacturing firms, in 1986 he created an evening wear line, and in 1990 he became a consultant at Ann Taylor.
Brooks also designed for stage and screen, and received Oscar nominations for best costume design in “The Cardinal” (1963), “Star!” (1968), and “Darling Lili” (1970).
Elegant floor length maxi dress by Stanley Platos Martin Ross. The Dress features long sleeves and a slip - like layering dress. The bottom layer of the dress is brown, floor length, and sleeveless, with a straight - across neckline. The top layer of the dress is lace with beautiful, undulating tiger - like stripes. The lace comes up to the neck -creating a sort of shallow turtle neck- and down to the sleeves. The lace has delicate fringed ends. The dress has a sheath silhouette with a delicately cinched waist. Neck to waist zipper.
Stanley Platos Martin Ross opened in 1982. Prior to opening his own design house, Platos worked under Givenchy and Valentino. Clients of Platos include Mary Tyler Moore, Linda Evans, and Ethel Kennedy
Striking dark burgundy velvet evening dress by Sarmi. The dress is sleeveless, has a high jewel neckline, and a high, left-to-right sloping waistline. The highest tip of the waistline is marked by a large velvet bow. The dress has a fabulous slit in the skirt, giving way to a long, gathered white silk panel. Beautiful.
Italian Count -and fabulous fashion designer- Ferdinando Sarmi, was known for his extravagant textiles and materials, creating sumptuous evening wear and swanky day wear. He got his start in 1951 working for Elizabeth Arden, and in 1959 Sarmi opened his own eponymous label that would last until the 1970s.
Absolutely astounding black silk gown by Madame Gres! The dress is maxi length, with an empire waistline, a v-neck neckline, and the most amazing, voluminous sleeves. The sleeves are truly amazing; they billow out from the shoulder, drape, cape-like, over and around the arm, gaining length as they approach the wrist. The sleeves end in a cuff that gathers the crescendo of the black silk sleeve. The dramatic, theatrical, spectacular sleeves contrast with the subdued, classical, pillar-like empire-waist body of the dress. The dress is an wonderful piece indicative of Gres' experimentation with form and structure in the 1960s and 1970s. Absolutely amazing!
The MET Costume Institute owns an identical Madame Gres dress, and was on view at The MET Cloisters in Gallery 06 as part of the "Heavenly Bodies" exhibit. The MET is also in possession of another dress that is essentially alike, but made of brown silk.
Born in Paris, around the turn of the 20th century, Madame Grès (nee Germaine Émilie Krebs, AKA Alix Barton, Alix) pursued sculpture before turning her interests towards fashion. Grès was initially a hat maker, but her eye for design soon propelled her into haute couture dressmaking. By the 1930s, Grès had made a name for herself and counted a number of famous women in her client list, including: Wallis Simpson - the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Matilda of Greece, Paloma Picasso, Grace Kelly, Marella Agnelli, Marie-Helene de Rothschild, Edith Piaf, Jacqueline Kennedy, Dolores del Río, Barbra Streisand, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo.
During the German occupation of France in World War II, Madame Grès was ordered to design stark, utilitarian clothing, but defied the occupation government and continued to design sumptuous dresses in the red, white and blue of the French tricolour flag. Bewilderingly, despite being Jewish, German officers were said to have asked Grès to design dresses for their wives. Grès bravely refused. Both her refusal to design for the wives of occupying officers, and her refusal to design drab garments, played a part in the forced closing of her design house; her plenteous use of fabric during wartime was the excuse given.
After the war Grès began to design her famous Grecian goddess gowns. Although her earlier work reflected the sculptural, grecian motifs that she exhibited in her later work, she truly came into her own by designing the Grecian goddess gowns. Like her earlier work, the Grecian goddess gowns championed simplicity and the liberty of movement, and were designed with the wearer in mind: the body was to shape and mold the dress, not the other way around. Grès experimented with form, function, movement, and structure, creating billowing pleats and narrow pinches that would steer the direction of her designs. Grès career stretched across several decades, and her designs still remain timeless and unparalleled.
Historically significant 1963 Yves Saint Laurent garnet red couture beaded evening ensemble. This two piece midi skirt and top ensemble was acquired from the estate of Claudette Colbert, preeminent Hollywood Golden Age leading lady. The ensemble consists of a calf-length layered sheer chiffon skirt with structured hem and silk waist band, and a sleeveless top with a mock turtleneck. The top features red and green glass seed bead and chandelier bead loop fringe created by the legendary Maison Lesage. Francois Lesage worked with Yves Saint Laurent and other European designers and houses, providing them with the finest embroidery, beading, and sequin work French couture embroidery could create. This evening ensemble is truly one - of - a - kind!
Bust: 34 in
Waist: 26 in
Top L: 22 in
Skirt L: 29 in
Claire McCardell black cotton dotted fabric dress. The fabric is a heavy woven fabric. The bodice has double bust darts from the waist with brass colored hook closures liken to a bustier. It is inner-lined with black fusing. The gathered skirt from the natural waist is 28.5" long with no lining.
Surprise - it has pockets! Claire McCardell was an American fashion designer who was head designer for Townley in the late 30s & 40s.
Amazing custom evening dress and ostrich bolero from Isabell Gerheart. The sheer green dress has an empire waist with V - neck halter, creating a ruched neckline that gives way to a flowing, Grecian-like skirt. The show-stopping bolero folds over itself at the shoulders, the shortest hem is playfully adorned with swanky green ostrich feathers.
Custom made by expert designer/dressmaker at the Isabel Gerhart Boutique, which was for years considered “the” shopping stop for international travelers and locals alike looking for couture and custom designs.
Striking doesn't even begin to describe it! Fabulous maxi full length evening dress by the one and only Hubert de Givenchy! The green taffeta silk has a slight iridescent duochrome pink sheen. The dress has long sleeves, a turtleneck, and a body-skimming fit and flare silhouette with an exuberance of silk below the knee. The neck features a large silk bow with a rhinestone ring around the center knot. The skirt has four mermaid - like tiers and is nothing short of voluminous. The dress is nothing short of A M A Z I N G.
Hubert de Givenchy is known best for his elegant and innovative haute couture. He began his career working under Elsa Schiaparelli, Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet, and Lucien Lelong. As a young man, he worked alongside Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior who were also making their mark on Parisian fashion.
Givenchy designed Audrey Hepburn’s iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” dress, popularizing the modern “little black dress”. He also designed much of Hepburn’s personal wardrobe. Givenchy was always reinventing himself and with that, revolutionizing the state of fashion. He is credited for creating the “baby doll” dress and “balloon coat,” two designs emblematic of the 1960s.
Clients include Ingrid Bergman, Maria Callas, Nona Hendryx, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Empress Farah Pahlavi, Comtesse Jacqueline de Ribes, Baroness Pauline de Rothschild, and Diana Vreeland.
Total Length- 59" Bust- 35" Waist-30" Hip- 36" Sleeve length-27"
Gorgeous evening dress in geometric gold and orange print by Oscar de la Renta. The dress is a full maxi length, with a high mandarin collar, and long sleeves with soft , wheaten-brown fur. The print is a pixelated stripe with the occasional spike, and is reminiscent of ikat weaves. The dress has 23 buttons on its center front, each button is functional, allowing the wearer to choose how low to let her neckline drop. The dress is elegant and accommodating. Zipper back.
Modern size 2 - 4
Oscar de la Renta was a Dominican-American fashion designer who dominated the international fashion scene for decades. De la Renta trained under Balenciaga and Academy Award winning costume designer Antonio del Casillo, and worked under Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and Balmain. De la Renta’s career endured for over 50 years, becoming one of the most respected and admired designers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
His clients included Oprah Winfrey, Jaqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hilary Clinton, Ann Hathaway, Penelope Cruz, Sandra Bullock, and Amal Clooney.
Amazing hot pink maxi length evening dress by Valentino with plunging back AND cape detail. The silk dress has long sleeves and jewel neckline, as well as a slit on the left leg that reaches just below the knee. The most prominent detail of the dress are its cape and plunging back. Although low, the back sits between the pooling shawl-like draped sides of the cape, giving it a refined feel. Beaded appliques (reminiscent of willow leaves) lay on the shoulders -pinning the cape down- and at the bottom of the back. Padded shoulders. Zippers on wrist for a fitted look. Label missing.
Bust 34 Inches
Waist 28 Inches
Hips 36 Inches
Length 58.5 Inches
Sleeve 23 Inches
Size 6-8 M
Absolutely striking bright, neon pink and purple dress by Bill Blass. The dress is maxi floor length, has long sleeves, and a round jewel collar. The dress has a pinched blouson waist and a keyhole opening with button at the back of the neck. The dress is composed of a sheer and solid striped fabric printed with with pink with purple stripes and abstract lines. The skirt of the fabric is mostly purple, with pink stripes in between. The sleeves have a wide purple stripe at the cuff.
Modern US Size 10- Medium Bust-38" Waist 28" Hip 38" Sleeve Length-23"
Bill Glass grew up in Depression - era Indiana, where he sought refuge from the bitterness of life in cinemas. Blass looked up to the silver screen and found inspiration in the leading ladies and their fantastical costumes.
Glass studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, funded by his winnings from a Chicago Tribune dress design contest, and later by his commissioned sketches for Seventh Avenue garment houses. Glass’ career and education were interrupted by WWII, where he was assigned to US 603rd Camouflage Battalion, a part of the famous “Ghost Army” Allied collaboration known for their creative deception techniques.
After the war, Blass remained in New York, working under Anne Klein, Anna Miller, and Maurice Rentner. In 1970, Blass purchased and renamed Renter’s firm.
Blass achieved internationally recognition when he joined the American team of designers -consisting of Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Anne Klein with Donna Karan- that was to face off against the French team of designers -Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, and Hubert de Givenchy- in the infamous “Battle of Versailles” fashion show.
Blass was well known for his couture take on sportswear. He would make traditional cuts in luxurious fabrics, with incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail. His opulent sportswear was unparalleled, and in pairing a cashmere cardigan with a silk gown, he found new innovative ways to mix it into his formalwear. Glass was also known to be very hands on with his business, lending his pieces for benefits, and touring and making appearances in department stores that were putting out his new lines.
Clients include: Barbara Steissand, Barbara Walters, the Barbaras Bush, Happy Rockefeller, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Brooke Astor.
Geoffrey Beene channels the 1960s in this “MR. Beene” made in the early 1990s. The dress has oh such wonderful movement and shine! Two layers of silver metallic polka dotted tulle, one smaller dots than the other. Sheer sleeves. Attached sewn in black lining. Front of the dress is an A- line style with the back skirt gathered adding fullness (see Photos). Sheer scooped back of sheer fabric. Romantic metallic lace hem in three layers.
Quarter inch horse hair trim at hem lining. No closure, slips on over head.
Dramatic two piece skirt and top ensemble by Carol Antell! The ensemble includes a fabulous fuchsia pink silk overlayed with black horse hair and black lace making up a stripped pattern. The circle skirt is structured with horsehair, can stand upright on it's own, and bounces wonderfully when worn. The black velvet bustier top features a sweetheart neckline with halter support, and has boning. The set is sensational. Zipper closures.
Skirt is 32" long and a circle skirt. Bustier: Bust 36", Waist 24"
Beautiful body-skimming black cocktail dress by Jaques Heim! The sleeveless dress features a bateau neck with a triangular plunge back. The pencil skirt of the dress is layered below strips of fabric, bringing to mind a cleanly deconstructed knife pleat skirt, or the pteruges of a roman centurion!
...Okay, thats a bit of a stretch, however, you will absolutely command attention in this fabulous dress! This dress looks Uber similiar to the ”car wash” Dress made famous by Pierre Cardin. Heim died in 1967 and whilst designing to the end, there is discussion by some experts that believe Heim created the look.
Modern Size 2-4
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Gorgeous late 60s Marie McCarthy Larry Aldrich evening gown! Long sleeve, ankle-length dress is composed of an abstract floral quilted satin with a side slit and v-neck. The collar, cuffs, hem, and slit are accented with sequins, rhinestones, and beads. Silver metallic thread is used for the quilting. Lined with silk.
Modern US Size 2-4
3/4 Length sleeve cuff: 8 3/4"