Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#4464 - c. 1955 Early GALANOS Originals, Beverly Hills Gold, Platinum and Champagne Metallic Satin Brocade Gown of Japanese Obi Silk Satin! Twice Coty Award Winner! Again I must confess, I am not THIS knowledgeable about fabrics, however the person who sold the gown to me is! So.. I pass the information on to you and hearby absolve myself from any legal action if there are Japanese Obi Silk workers out there who disagree! :) Actually the description of the gown goes on to say that since Obi silk is only about 16" wide, this explains the construction of the gown which was done in very narrow panels. Now to the gown... A VERY early, collectable Galanos! This is the early sought after label, Galanos Originals, Beverly Hills. His first designs under this label were created in 1951, but it wasn't until 1953 after showing in NYC that his career took off. His "new" label (block letters GALANOS) replaced this label somewhere between 1954/1955. SO much more beautiful in person! My camera just can't capture the subtle golden colors. FYI, When Nancy Reagan chose a Galanos gown for the Inaugural ball, it was said to cost $46,000. His gowns always sold at the highest end of the spectrum! So... that will just give you an idea of the quality of this gown! Wonderful combination of formal gown and sundress-look bodice with sweet attached bow. Beautifully made and tailored. Boned bodice (look at the photos of the inside! As beautiful as the outside with stitched breast pads). Back metal zipper. Excellent condition.

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display