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James Galanos Couture Beaded Floral Silk Mini Dress with Hooded Opera Coat, 1970


James Galanos is often a hidden gem of fashion. With his designs ranging from eccentric to presidential, Galanos’ work played a tremendous role in carving out the concept of American couture.

From the late 1970s, this Galanos cape/dress ensemble is crafted from a multicolored floral print with bright pinks, yellows, and greens all done on a delicate and sheer silk fabric that creates a fairyland effect when caught by the light. The cape is pleated round the neck allowing for a dramatic and whimsical effect as it cloaks the body. A voluminous hood completed the fantastical spirit.

The dress is a work of its own. Using the floral sheer to create a gathered skirt on an inverted Basque waistline, the bodice has been hand beaded with colorful, translucent beads in reds, yellows, greens that accent the silk in a vibrant and playful way. Across the neckline and straps, black beads have been applied to add contrast. Redefining a “pop” of color, this light-hearted Galanos dress is a testament of skilled craftsmanship and an era of joy and fun.

Size estimate: Small



Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 26 inches

Hips: 38 inches

Length: 33 inches


Bust: 40 inches

Waist: 45 inches

Length: 36 inches

In excellent condition this dress is finished on the inside with bound seams and closes at centre back with an invisible zip. At the neck of the cape a loop and decorative button form the closure 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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