This stunning dress is one of the best Stavropoulos gowns I have had in and it is truly is incredible. I love the lightness and airiness created by the layers and layers of the mint green chiffon (in person the layers give it an even better hue - the photos don't quite capture the tone of the color the layering creates - it's even better in person). The fabric is cut on the bias and there are yards and yards used to make this little beauty. Incredibly, there are four full layers of silk used in the lining of the skirt alone and that is under the top layer that due to the pleating has yards and yards of fabric just in itself. The bodice is simply cut with a V neck front that sits under the top exterior layer. Another V at the back mimics the front and also sits under the exterior layer but this time with a keyhole running down the center. The waist is seamed vertically so that is is very flattering without losing the line of the dress. Where the seaming ends on the top layer the skirt opens up into deep multi layered pleats that allow for that tremendous amount of fabric on the top layer to come into play. That spectacular full skirt then flows beautifully to the floor from there. The final finish is the sleeves that are a single layer of silk chiffon and flow cape like over each arm. Each is very wide and full and open under the arm. It is so very pretty and fresh feeling - a girl will dance the entire night away in a dress like this. Excellent condition
George Stavropoulos was an amazing designer and to find his early work is already fabulous but to find a piece done at this level is just a treat. This coat is really museum worthy. His clients, who included Elizabeth Taylor and opera singer Maria Calla, adored and cherished him for his ability to create stunning evening wear. His hallmark pieces were simple but with a masters attention to cut. He shunned overt ornamentation and instead focused on cut and fabric to convey the beauty of each piece. This is an amazing example of what he could create following that simple guideline. His pieces are almost always entirely hand made and most are made to demi-couture standards giving you incredible value for your money.
Comprised of multiple layers of the same mint green silk chiffon. Closes with a back painted metal zipper and buttons at the neck above the keyhole. I see one teeny bit of darkening to the fabric about mid-waist on one side and two tiny areas on the back of one shoulder. The volume of fabric efficiently hides these and I don't feel any of it detracts at all from this magnificent gown. these may come out with one more cleaning as well. Bias cut so there is some play in the listed measurements - we have listed to the max they will go.
Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
1970s Mint Green Silk Chiffon Stavropoulos Caftan Dress LU1281681353