Helena Barbieri embroidered silk gown, c.1960-70
The abundance of springtime yellow on the Oscars runway was a welcome relief from winter. Our daffodil yellow gown from Helena Barbieri could have been there! The full-on primary yellow she uses is a powerful hue. It is a declaration of confidence; which is why it is often worn by actresses on the red carpet.
The lovely yellow is accented only by the play of texture. The designer has used appliqués, cut from the embroidered fabric, to add texture and depth to the feminine, ladylike design. The lifelike appliquéd leaves look so delicious and grabbable!
The gown is fashioned from embroidered silk organza and is totally lined. It is beautifully constructed with a boned bodice and inner waistband of gros-grain ribbon and closes in back with a hand-stitched metal zipper. In addition to the designer's label, there is a store label.
Creations by Helena Barbieri, the talented designer of high end evening wear from the 1940s to 1960s, are sought after by savvy collectors, who appreciate the high quality construction and attention to detail. Barbieri's work is often compared to that of Ceil Chapman.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 36" bust, 28" waist, 40" hip, 14 1/2" from the shoulder to the waist, and 42" skirt length.