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James Galanos Couture Chiffon Dress with Sequins Lattice Straps, 1980s



For decades James Galanos was heralded as one of the quintessential American designers. A favorite among celebrities, socialites, and the everyday woman, Galanos’ designs captured American culture through his soft glamor aesthetic. Referred to as “master of chiffon” by the New York Times, Galanos’ creations are easy to wear and elegant without being outlandish. Incorporating two of his signature design features: sequins and chiffon. This circa 1984 dress is made from a fine silk chiffon printed with square swatches in tones of copper and raw umber. On the bodice shimmering channels of rhinestones and nude sequins move between the gridded squares adding a brightness to the dress. From a beautifully framed boat neck, sequins straps move to the back where the sequin strands create a simple lattice to the waist. Vertical pleats extend down from the centre back waist creating a sense of volume while ensuring the dress maintains a clean and elongating column silhouette. A minimalist design carefully balanced with glitzy details makes for the perfect event dress that can be also styled as an elevated pre-fall look. Size estimate: Small Bust: 32/ 33 inches Waist: 25 inches Hips: 34/ 35 inches Length: 56 inches This dress closes at the centre back with a concealed zip from the waist. Hidden hooks secure the sequin straps. Fully lined in a matching silk, this dress is in excellent condition and has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.


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    Length: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Marked Size: small *see measurements (US)Bust: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Waist: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Hip: 34 in. (86.36 cm)
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    United States
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  • Seller Location
    Boca Raton, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU73010269762

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