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Galanos Ivory Wool Tailored A Line Dress, 1960s
Simplicity, functionality, and a flattering fit are all staples to the American look. Integrating these concepts at every point, James Galanos’ designs were all the rage during the 1960s. So beloved by Vogue, several of Galanos’ garments were produced as patterns for the Vogue Americana series.
Inspired in part by the new Space Age aesthetic and in part by the posh mod look, this circa 1966 dress is a perfect example of vintage quality. Done in a solid ivory wool, the mindfully executed details give this dress interest. The dress features a Y-shaped yoke extending from neck to hem that is flanked by to large flap pockets on the high chest.
Slot seams trace from beneath the pocket flaps along the princess line down to hip level where they end in two in-seam pockets finished by an embroidered arrow detail. The set sleeves have a supple drape that complements the gradual A-line silhouette of the dress. Perfectly tailored, this dress offers an abundance of charm and works as a professional, event, or even casual outfit.
Shoulders: 15 inches
Sleeves: 23 inches
Bust: 37 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Length: 42 inches
The dress closes down centre back with a button placket with beautifully set bound buttonholes. The placket ends just at the thigh allowing for ease of motion while walking. Fully lined in a matching ivory 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.