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 chocolate brown velvet cocktail dress by Gucci! The dress has sheath silhouette, hits around the knee, and is sleeveless. This empire waist dress has a subverted sweetheart neckline, low with rounded corners and horizontal segment at the center. The neckline is ornamented with a brown quilted ribbon that overlaps in an origami - like design, adding visual interest to the neckline. A comfortable, versatile dress with a hint of sensuality. Cotton, silk, elastane blend. Bonus: Pockets!
Stunning black silk cocktail dress by Bob Mackie. The dress falls at the knee, has long batwing sleeves with a narrow cuff, a plunging V - neckline, and a loose pencil skirt. The dress has a cinched waist accented by a wide lace band over a peach base. The band features multifaceted rhinestone accents. The dress gathers in the front, creating pleats in the skirt, and at the shoulders, adding a bit of a slinkiness to the bodice. The dress has a bit of 1990s - does - Edwardian flair, with its feminine silhouette, gentle pleats, and gorgeous flourishes.
Simple and elegant black cocktail dress by Oscar de la Renta. This knee length cocktail dress features a body hugging sheath silhouette with long sleeves, a deep square neckline, and a cinched waist. The dress is mostly velvet, with a band of lightly pleated satin accenting the bustline, which, along with the straight shoulders, adds structural detail to the dress. A classic! Made in the USA.