Bust: 35” flat with some extra room in the cups, to fit approx. 34-36”
Waist: 27” flat, to fit approx. 26”
Ribcage: 29” flat
Hip: 38” flat, to fit approx. 36”
Length: 55” from top of shoulder straps to hem, in front
Straps: 14” long from front to back
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Waist to hem length: 40” in front
Label: union label only
This show-stopping, metallic gold brocade, early 1960s evening gown has a “fishtail” hem and a sweetheart neckline with double spaghetti straps. The crisp, lightweight metallic fabric is probably a blend of acetate and rayon, with a raised floral pattern that is a bit more intensely gold in color than the paler gold background. The hourglass shape of the gown is created with darts from below the bust to the hips. The front bust area is asymmetrical, with gathers on one side, and a diagonal inset panel forming the front of other side, before curving around to the center back. Below the hips, the skirt panels are fairly straight in front, but in back the skirt has diagonal seamed panels that widen from below the hips, becoming widest at the hem, to create the “fishtail” center drape. The dress fastens in back with a nylon zipper, and it is lined with a muslin-type fabric (probably acetate or a blend), with an additional layer of acetate taffeta, in the bodice area (see inside photo). One section of boning at each side seam extends from the underarm to the waist, underneath the taffeta lining.
In very good condition, this fabulous 1960s evening gown has 3 faint spots: 2 at about knee-height in front, and a 3rd that is likely to be hidden when the dress is worn, in the folds of the fishtail hem at the center back seam. None of these is terribly likely to be noticed, but we have done our best to make them as visible as possible in our close-up photos.