Bust: measures 35” flat to fit approx. 34”
Slightly high waist: measures 26” flat to fit approx. 25”
Hip: measures 50” flat
Length: 47” from underarm to hem
Underarm to (high) waist length: 7”
Label: Helena Barbieri Original
An elegant columnar evening gown from formalwear designer Helena Barbieri, this strapless early 1960s dress would also make an interesting vintage wedding gown. The heavy brocade fabric (possibly a blend of acetate and rayon, or other manmade fibers) is a silvery-ivory with boldly colored, chartreuse accents, including two satin roses decorating the waist. The strapless bodice is boned inside with darts for shaping, and it has a slightly raised waist seam which is higher in front than in back. The skirt is gathered into the waist seam to create some fullness through the hip area, but the hem of the skirt is not much wider than the hips (not a flaring, A-line shape, more of a column). Inside, the gown has a grosgrain waist-tape that fastens with a hook, to help keep the dress in place properly, when worn. The bodice is lined with taffeta and the skirt with a muslin-textured fabric. The dress has a center back nylon zipper. It is in very good condition, with a tiny bit of wear to the surface of the brocade fabric at the hem, probably because it was floor-length on its original owner. If you are looking for a classic 1960s evening gown for a formal event—or for a less traditional wedding dress—this strapless gown would be a lovely choice!