1970s Adele Simpson Black Velvet Gold Metallic Obi Evening Dress

Adele Simpson


Elegant evening dress in sumptuous velvet with brilliant metallic details by Adele Simpson. The dress falls just above the knee, has a wide bateau boat neck, and 3/4 length sleeves. The sleeves are voluminous and gather at the elbow. The dress features a gold metallic panel at the waist - no doubt inspired by the obi kimono belts Simpson saw on her travels to Japan! The panel is accented by a twisted braid belt with leaf clasp. Neck to waist zipper in back for closure.

Adele Simpson was born to Latvian parents, and in her childhood she performed in vaudeville productions; at one point she danced with Milton Berle!

Simpson began her career working in 7th Avenue fashion houses Ben Gershel and Mary Lee. In 1949 Simpson bought Mary Lee and Renamed it “Adele Simpson Inc.” Her company was situated in New York’s famous Garment District, and produced ready-to-wear garments inspired by French Couture. Her pieces were available in department stores across the United States, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bonwit Teller.

Simpson stretched the limits of textiles, and had a hand in popularizing cotton outside of common everyday wear. She traveled frequently and drew inspiration from the countries and cultures she experienced. She frequently incorporated Indian, Turkish, and Japanese motifs in her work.

Clients include:
Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor, Pat Nixon, Eleanor Rosalynn Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Velvet Belt Symmetrical Cuff
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    34 Inches
    30 Inches
    41.5 Inches
  • Size Chart

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