Galanos sarong-style evening dress, 1970-1980
The sexy sarong style has the effortless look of stepping out of the shower and knotting a towel around your bust. Galanos was channeling Dorothy Lamour from the 1940s. In the wildly popular "On the Road to..." movies with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, Lamour became known as "the sarong girl."
Only on close examination do you realize that the shape is meticulously crafted; and the dress is finely hand finished. The lines of the plaid form perfect chevrons in back, while the zipper is hand stitched.
Made from bias-cut silk satin charmeuse and lined with black silk chiffon, the sexy evening dress is a very high style "sarong" indeed. The wearer is obviously a member of that special cadre of fashion initiates whose smart attire always attracts admiring glances.
The lines of the plaid are of sparkling gold. The gold chevrons against a black ground intimate high social status. Indeed, the chevron is an insignia of rank; and gold is the royal color. What a classic look with a hint of 1920s retro chic!
The condition is excellent.
It measures: 36" bust, 31" waist, 42" hip, and 47" center-front length.