Zandra Rhodes "Diamond and Roses/Knitted Circle" silk chiffon evening dress, 1968-69. The butterfly dress combines two prints from an early collection: the Knitted Circle pattern on the bodice, inspired by the circular knitting patterns found in Fair Isle sweaters; and the Diamonds and Roses pattern on the skirt. I love the full circle sleeves and glowing saffron hue. NEW LISTING
Mary McFadden quilted silk evening coat, c.1980. Printed with a watered silk, abstract design on an ivory ground, the dreamy coat features McFadden's line quilting. It is lightweight and easy to wear. In McFadden's fashion, we often see what is apparent in this coat of many colors. It is joyous, fresh, and natural. This smart coat can be worn with black pants or over a simple slip dress.
Adrian tailored wool suit, 1940s. Impeccably tailored like the best men's suits, Adrian's suits for women were as high style as his glamorous evening gowns and became fashion icons. This one features unique curved seam detail on the jacket.
Dior-New York little black cocktail dress, 1960s. Slip into this delicious LBD and bring out your inner Audrey Hepburn! It has a wide ruffled hem border of black taffeta, which curves upward to a large taffeta rose at the base of the plunging neckline. Since Chanel introduced the little black dress in 1926, it has become the epitome of chic.
Pucci silk jersey dress, 1960s. The bold print catches the eye; the soft silk jersey molds to the figure, keeping the focus on your body. The designer's subtle palette of neighborly blues and greens brightened by violet lavender would have met the approval of the great Rococo painter Fragonard.
Draped satin party dress, 1950s. I love the graceful elegance of 1950s party dresses—so sexy while remaining sweet and demure. The artfully draped hint of a bustle in back guarantees your exit will be as memorable as your entrance. The intricate inner construction holds the shape of the dress and flatters the less-than-perfect figure.
Galanos poppy print silk chiffon dress with stole, c.1980. The backless bra halter of draped silk crepe—boned and lined for support—falls in soft panels at the sides of the skirt. With larger-than-life printed poppies, the full outer layer floats over the underskirt. Sumptuous materials and flawless design are hallmarks of James Galanos' casual elegance.
Sequined evening dress from Peggy Cone collection, 1970s. The asymmetric beading pattern covers one side and the lower front of the torso. The pattern glows with iridescent sequins and beads, embodying Peggy's exuberant personality. The kaleidoscopic color shifts from lilac to green to bronze. The sexy body-molding cut is reminiscent of glamorous 1930s Hollywood styles.
Gianni Versace Madame X evening gown, 1980s-90s. Here is the spirit of the infamous plunging neckline and decorative straps that might slip off the shoulders at any time. Versace takes off with a modern interpretation as body-conscious as the original: a thigh-length, body hugging torso of heavy crepe and a bias-cut, circular lower skirt of sheer chiffon, revealing the legs.
Mary Sachs evening dress, 1950s. The tightly fitted waistline will show off your curves; while the elaborate beading on the bodice will make you the center of attention! The scintillating emerald green beading is framed by matching satin shawl and obi-style cummerbund, which confers on the gown an exotic charm and elegant formality.
Zandra Rhodes printed silk chiffon dress, 1980s. The extravagantly feminine, fantasy print is signature Rhodes, who is among today's most original designers. It is hand screened with a peacock feather print accented with iridescent leaf paillettes and clear beads. The edges are hand rolled and embellished with faux pearls, faceted clear beads, and faux pearl drops on the hem points.
Bill Blass chiffon dress, 1970s. Finely constructed with bias-cut panels of black chiffon over a black silk crepe lining, the LBD flutters when you move. I love the contrast of the high neckline with the sexy, open, faux sleeves. The stand up collar, ruched at the center-back, drapes in graceful folds in front. Here is Bill Blass at the top of his game—glamorous and casually sophisticated.
Collette Dinnigan couture wedding/evening gown with matching shawl. Her iconic designs evoke the past through the elaborate use of beading and lace. I love the contrast of silver embroidered lace to the ornate bodice decoration of rock diamond pearls and silver beads. The scalloped pattern of the lace forms a lovely hem border and back train. In this resplendent gown, we see an inspired amalgam of traditional and modern.
Marquesa strapless evening dress, c.2004. Marquesa is known for its superbly crafted, vintage-inspired designs. The fabric is patterned with charming stylized flowers, which resemble Oriental chrysanthemums. I love the subtle sparkle of the rhinestones in the flower centers. The bodice is trimmed with black bugle beads and with a large black silk flower. The design is fluid, graceful, and elegant.
Hanae Mori silk evening dress, 1970s. With a silk chiffon top printed with airy blossoms, the exquisite evening design is an exemplar of Mori's style. The floating quality of the print is enhanced with a profusion of bias-cut ruffles that frame the front opening. Celebrated for her exquisitely feminine style, Mori was the first Asian woman to be admitted to France's elite haute couture syndicate.
Naeem Khan/Riazee evening gown, 1980s. The glamorous gown pairs an elaborately hand-embroidered bodice with an elegant black skirt. Khan's best gowns call upon his unmatched expertise in fine embroidery. The Persian-style bodice design combines sparkling iridescent white sequins with black sequins and white beads to dazzling effect. An A-list red carpet gown at a great price!
Pucci cotton blouse & skirt set, 1960s. Pucci is best known for bold, graphic patterns with a kaleidoscopic, slightly psychedelic feel. Even in a calmer mood, using neighboring hues, his colors are electrifying. Here, his use of competing, adjacent colors is brilliant: the wide vertical stripes of medium purple and medium slate blue bordered by narrow vertical stripes of deep sky blue.
Goddess-style chiffon evening dress, 1940s. The dress evokes the Greek goddess style—a red carpet favorite—with its long floating scarf attached in front to one of the shoulder straps. You can drape the scarf artfully across your bare shoulders. The graceful skirt has double layers of chiffon. The magnificent evening gown in a striking tangerine hue is drop dead gorgeous.
Scaasi taffeta cocktail dress, late 1950s. Although Scaasi is known as a superb colorist, he shows here that he can do the LBD with equal mastery. The effect is based on his finely honed sense of shape. Made from black silk taffeta, the only adornment is a large velvet rose at the deep "V" of the front neckline. With the signature off-the-shoulder neckline, draped torso and sculpted skirt, this stunner makes a sophisticated, dramatic fashion statement.
Philip Hulitar strapless dress & bolero, 1950s. His sexy party dresses have been a well kept secret of fashion cognoscenti. Hulitar's work is eagerly sought by collectors who appreciate the figure-flattering design and high quality construction. Made from floral-printed corded silk, the dress comes with a matching bolero. The delightful puffed skirt is an inspired fashion flourish.
André Laug faux snakeskin coat, 1970s. The finely textured rayon fabric drapes like silk. The vertical bodice seams open into inverted box pleats above the waist, creating a softly sculpted Empire line. His discreet good taste was especially popular with his "old money" American clientele, who appreciated the mix of Old World sophistication and New World simplicity.
Mary McFadden pleated evening dress, c.1980. The rich cranberry red is intensified by the texture of the pleating. The neckline is accented with a bib panel of multi-colored beads and sequins. The svelte silhouette and the beaded bib pane showcase the marriage of exoticism to sleek stylishness. The thrilling red hue will raise the temperature of the room as you make your entrance.
Randolph Duke beaded evening dress, c.2000. This fab dress from the master of elegant evening wear has two layers. The outer layer is made from black net lavishly decorated with swirling patterns of clear crystal beads and metallic beads. The centripetal beaded motif subconsciously draws the viewers' eyes to the wearer. The lining layer is beige lycra stretch knit with a hint of gold sparkle.
Zandra Rhodes "Sparkle" chiffon dress, 1970s-80s. The enigmatic zigzag motif hints at an arcane mystery. The neckline adapts to the pose of the wearer, draping lower in front or falling off one shoulder. The sleeves are slashed open and outlined with pearls to reveal the wearer's upper arm underneath. A sophisticated woman understands the discreet, almost intimate, allure of this style.
Galanos silk halter & culottes evening set, 1970s. With its vivid floral print and Galanos' flawless styling, the set has his casual elegance. The draped style with minimal construction is lightweight and effortless to wear. The halter design is both ladylike and sexy, cut to showcase your natural assets! The bold and brilliant floral print is joyous, fresh, and natural: perfect for fall and winter.
Fox trimmed velvet evening coat, 1970s. Shaped with princess line seams flaring out below the waist in a full circle skirt, the figure flattering cut adds fullness to the skirt without adding bulk in the hips. Here is the Siberian look made popular by Julie Christie in the movie Dr. Zhivago (1965). A plush velvet coat belongs in the wardrobe of a beautiful and desirable woman.
Vera Wang silk jersey cocktail dress, 1990s. The perfect little black cocktail dress has it all. The torso, made from silk/spandex jersey, will mold to your figure like a Ceil Chapman dress. The shoulder straps and gracefully draped, double-layer skirt are of bias-cut silk chiffon. The unadorned black design, relying solely on cut, conveys a timeless sophistication, epitomizing Baudelaire's dictum that every dress style is beautiful in its own time.
OMO/Norma Kamali taffeta cocktail dress, 1980s. The fab dress is an example of Kamali's lighthearted approach to fashion. I love the open back with bows, so fetching and feminine. Kamali chose the delightful lilac/mauve color well ahead of its current vogue. The fullness of the skirt is ingeniously supported with a padded roll just below the hipline so that the skirt will never look flat or wilted, even without a petticoat.
Chanel wool tweed coat, 1970s. Made from herringbone wool tweed plaid, the enchanting—and unusual—pastel peach color will be admired. The impeccable Chanel cut and tailoring make this a timeless classic. The inspired use of pale peach for outerwear tells us the wearer belongs to the aristocracy of style, a special cadre of fashion initiates whose smart attire always attracts admiring glances.
Estévez beaded silk cocktail dress, 1980s. The uncluttered silhouette and low cut back are signature Estévez, what well dressed women look for—the refined, best-dressed-list look. Made from soft black silk faille and lined with black China silk, the dress closes in back with a nylon coil zipper. The only embellishment: the over-sized shoulder bows with beaded fringe. The figure flattering cut is shaped with princess line seams.
Suzy Perette evening dress, late 1950s. The signature black velvet and taffeta theme has the sexy yet demure style so popular in the 1950s. The dress features a plain apron-front style of black velvet that opens in back to expose the elaborately draped taffeta skirt. A large red silk rose at the center-back accents the skirt. Men cannot help themselves: they are drawn to a woman who intimates the seductive sophistication of the evening.
Malcolm Starr silk coat and dress ensemble, 1960s. Malcolm Starr produced impeccable, elegant fashion in the 1960s and 1970s. The dress was made from medium weight, winter white silk shantung, the perfect alternative to the little black dress. Winter white can also be dressed up or down with accessories and never goes out of style. The crisp clean lines of the minimalist styling is totally au courant.
Christian Dior silk evening pumps, 1970s. The House of Dior has always represented high style, whether in an evening gown or with glam evening pumps! Covered with lime green silk faille, our fab shoes have toes decorated with stiffened bows and rhinestone buckles. The heels are gracefully narrow but have more body than a stiletto. These chic shoes will fit right in with today's retro fashions.
Bes-Ben wide brim straw hat, 1950s. Whether "fun" or conventionally decorative, Bes-Ben hats appeared fresh and innovative because of Ben's unerring sense of scale and proportion. The dramatic wide brim hat is an attention grabber with its luscious, larger-than-life flowers. From the 1960s on, these unique hats have become strong collectibles. One Bes-Ben hat set an auction record of $18,400.