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Geoffrey Beene Black Crepe Panne Velvet Dress 1990s
Described as the “the architect of American clothing,” famed New York-based designer Geoffrey Beene is known for his modern, sophisticated aesthetic. He received eight prestigious Coty awards and served as an inspiration and teacher to other acclaimed fashion designers including Kay Unger and Alber Elbaz.
From the 90s, this elegant, Avant Garde evening dress embodies the polished aesthetic Beene is known for. Done in black stretch crepe and metallic black velvet, the dress offers a modern take on a timeless classic. The fitted bodice begins with a simple jewel neckline and long sleeves that reach just above the wrists. One sleeve is done in black crepe, while the other is done in glittering black velvet, offering a nice contrast of tone and texture.
Bust: 32 inches
Sleeves: measured from underarm to cuff 16 inches
Waist: 26 inches Hips: 34 inches
Length: 56 inches
A length of metallic velvet extends from the right shoulder to the neck on both sides of the bodice, creating an abstract triangular shape at the neckline that draws the eye upwards. The velvet skirt falls from a curved, asymmetric waist to a maxi length at the ankles in a straight hem, creating a sleek columnar silhouette. An inverted thigh-high pleat at the right front of the skirt reveals a length of beautifully draped black crepe, which serves to bring the dress together visually while adding a subtle, sensual note that emphasizes the lines of the body.
A special addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this dress is the perfect choice for a winter wedding, gala, or special occasion, and can easily be styled with statement heels and accessories. This Geoffrey Beene dress is unlined and has a back zip closure and zip closures at the back of each cuff.
In very good condition with light wear to the fabric, 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.