1960s Stavropoulos Black Silk Evening Dress

George Stavropoulos


Stunning black silk maxi length empire waist evening dress by George Stavropoulos! The evening dress is strapless with the slightest sweetheart neckline -the mostly straight neckline bows gently in at the sternum. The empire waistline of the dress is accented by a deep black velvet ribbon that wraps around the wearer's body. The dress is topped off (literally!) by several gorgeous layers of sheer black silk chiffon. The chiffon emerges from the neckline and streams down the dress -lightly skimming the black body of the dress- ending in layers and layers of flowing ruffles at the hem. The chiffon gathers at the back of the dress, creating a very small, subtle train - like effect. The empire waist coupled with the flowing layers of chiffon seem to reference Stavropoulos' Greek heritage, harkening back to the fashions of antiquity. The dress floats beautifully when worn.

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 Barbra Streisand.

  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Materials & Techniques
    Silk Velvet Sheer Chiffon
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    34 Inches
    25 Inches
    36 Inches
  • Size Chart

Related Items