Scaasi satin cocktail dress, late 1950s-early 1960s
Scaasi's designs have been described as high spirited and sculptural. With saturated color and dramatically shaped skirt, the stunning dress is both. Whether designing couture or ready-to-wear, Scaasi's aesthetic consistently focused on shape over embellishment.
A rare example from his early career, the dress is a special find for the serious collector. Scaasi's ready-to-wear business gained recognition when one of his designs appeared on the cover of Vogue (12/1955). The ready-to-wear business was relatively short lived, lasting until 1964.
At that time, he ceased to produce the line, opting instead to open a couture salon. He returned to ready-to-wear only in 1984 when he launched Scaasi Boutique.
The dress is fashioned from rich royal blue satin. The bodice is lined with black China silk; the skirt is lined with black organza. The dress closes in back with a hand-stitched metal zipper. It has a "Harzfeld's/Kansas City" store label as well as the Scaasi label—see bottom picture.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 40" bust, 30" waist, and 42" from shoulder to front hem.