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Galanos Couture Strapless Lace Gown with Flower Hem, 1990s
James Galanos was a jack-of-all-trades in the world of American fashion. With the talent to create a range of designs from casual to couture, Galanos played a tremendous role in establishing American style as both effortless and elegant. As a testament to his prowess, this 1990s strapless dress is done in a black floral lace with white embroidered details.
The lace is underlined in a light mocha silk that gives the dress a warmer tone. The edges of the neckline have been bound in a black satin that accents the soft curve that sinks into a Y-shape at centre front. The impeccably tailored bodice features interior boning that allows for a comfortable yet secure fit while resting beautifully on the waist.
From there, the skirt gently shapes around the hips and falls to a moderate A-line hem that has been decadently adorned with black organza flowers. The captivating dress is the perfect balance of classic and extravagant. Easily accessorized, this dress makes for an excellent evening gown for almost any occasion in any season.
Size estimate: Medium
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 38 inches
Length: 49 inches from top of bust to hem
This dress is also accompanied by a stunning flower shaped crystal brooch. The brooch attaches via a pin with a safety clasp and has been marked “1996 AMD for Galanos” on the back. On the inside of the dress, the bust and upper are padded and have been lined with an additional layer of black satin.
At centre back, the dress closes with a concealed zip. The organza flowers at the hem are supported by light wire which allow them to be fluffed as desired and retain their shape. In excellent condition, this dress 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.