Sensational and incredibly whimsical Leslie Jean Goldberg designer avant-garde novelty crane bird dress dating back to the early 1980's. Leslie Jean Goldberg was a New York artist who sold unique clothing and jewelry that truly told a story. Though she's not a household name, at the time her work was extremely popular. In a 1981 New York Time's article about her career it states, ''what we've discovered is that everyone wants a small designer no one else has. There's a tremendous demand from the stores. The best customers right now are Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus, Barney's and I. Magnin but we know department stores are fickle so we don't want to give up our specialty stores. We sell to Betsey, Bunky & Nini, Nancy & Company and Grand Hotel in New York and to a variety of shops in Florida and in other cities we've never even seen. We have stores as far away as Hong Kong, Canada and Australia."
This one of a kind novelty crane-bird sculptural dress is a wonderful example of her talent. The fabric itself is a masterpiece; Japanese kimono inspired lined silk-satin with shimmering metallic accents throughout. To appreciate the masterful achievement, just look at the gorgeous embroidery throughout the pattern. There is also beautiful gathered ivory silk pleats flowing down each sleeve to resemble "wings". This effect is breathtaking and really gives the garment so much depth and texture. I love the front low-cut plunge and cropped dolman sleeves. We added many pictures so one can truly take in this exceptional piece of wearable art!
Bust: up to 40 inches
Hips: 42 inches
Sleeve Length: 20 inches
Total Length: 43 inches
This early 1980's Leslie Jean Goldberg custom couture designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Slips over the head with no additional closures. A rare wearable piece of fashion history that will only increase in value.