A gorgeous and rare James Galanos Couture black silk-satin dress dating back to the mid 1950's. Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship was the foundation of James Galanos' career. The quality of workmanship found in his clothing is unsurpassed in America today. It may seem a contradiction that his sophisticated, mature and elegant clothing were designed and produced in Southern California, traditionally the land of sportswear. Galanos was satisfied to remain where he began his business in 1951, a continent away from New York and the center of the American fashion industry. This seductively timeless dress is a perfect example of his talent. The detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern couture. The garment is fashioned in high quality black mid-weight silk satin with built-in bodice upper boning to help keep the perfect slight off-shoulder design. I adorable the low-cut plunge nipped waist look so popular during this time. The full swing-skirt design is fabulous; dramatic but not overwhelming. You will reach for this dress anytime you want to look and feel like a starlet.
Bust: 35-36 inches
Waist: 26 inches
Hips: up to 42 inches
Total Length: 41 inches (2-inch hem allowance)
This Galanos designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working original back metal-zipper in place. Only sign of age is very faint fray by the strap seam. Please message of detailed pictures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.