Galanos satin cocktail dress, 1980s
James Galanos was one of the few couturiers whose name was known to the general public, allowing him to change his initial design focus: "I was really interested in making collections for the public, ready-to-wear. But I wanted to do it in the couture method, where you use the finest fabric, the finest workmanship."
With the meticulous construction and attention to detail (comparable to French couture), this exceptional cocktail dress for the self-assured and stylish woman is signature Galanos.
The emerald green satin dress is self-lined with a reversible garment construction that hides all the seams. There is also a matching silk chiffon lining finished with a hand-rolled hem. The zipper in back is hand stitched.
The couture quality construction will make you feel like a pampered princess. The understated design is subtle and tasteful. Cognoscenti will recognize the fine details: matching leather binding on the edges of the contour belt; and gold tone, rhinestone buttons on the cuffs. I love the split pleats of the skirt.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 36" bust and waist; 38" hip; 15 1/2" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam; 26" sleeve length, including the 3"-wide cuff (meant to be pushed up); 2 1/4" belt width; and 37 1/2" from shoulder to hem.