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.
This is dress is Classic Halston. He created clothing that is both incredibly comfortable and sensual at the same time and without ever being too revealing. Not an easy feat at all ... but he made it look so easy.
The lightweight jersey length and its long sleeves make it perfect for day to nightwear or wear any season of the year. It can be dressed up, down, but just dress in it! Perfect for a night of channeling an era of wild fun!
Roy Halston Frowick was born on 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. He initially took inspiration to sew from his grandmother. He would create hats for his mother and alter clothing for his sisters. His foundation in fashion progressed in his teen years as he attended Indiana University for a short spell and then The Art Institute of Chicago while earning funds through creating windows displays. Hat making would be his first love and in 1957 opened his first shop. While he had a small but important following, it wasn’t until Jacqueline Kennedy wore her famous (Halston) Pillbox hat in ‘61 that he became an instant success. He rode the wave of fame and fortune for a while but once hats started to go out of fashion, so did Halston’s sales. Halston’s low point would prove to be a test for what was next in his life. After much experimentation, a failed collection, and the help of his well curated team, he developed the minimalist yet irresistible look we all know and love! He was a true creator of culture during his time. Halston’s work was revered within the studio 54 crowd, worn by all the “It Girls” and on the cover of popular magazines.