Lovely lime green, flowing silk chiffon panels drape over an avocado green silk chiffon, hourglass-fit 1960s cocktail dress by Greek-American designer Stavropoulos. The designer was known for his couture-level construction techniques and his use of draped chiffon to create designs reminiscent of classical antiquity. Stavropoulos moved his business from Athens to New York in 1960, and produced his first line there in 1961. According to Answers.com, Stavropoulos was "one of a small number of designers in America who exclusively produced ready-to-wear clothes of the quality and caliber of Parisian haute couture." This elegant dress is no exception, with a double-layered chiffon panel in back and “butterfly”-shaped chiffon sleeves that will float gracefully with your every movement. The sheer, lightweight silk fabric is technically silk georgette, with a slightly more crepe-like texture than chiffon, but I have used "chiffon" to describe it, since that term will be more familiar to most. The body of the dress is intended to be semi-fitted with darts at bust and waist. The chiffon is layered over a lemon yellow rayon crepe lining (which creates the warmer green color in the body of the dress) and closes with a hand-sewn plastic zipper in back. The back chiffon panel attaches at one shoulder with a tiny hook and loop. The dress is in very good condition, with these minor issues (see multiple photos): one tiny mend at the back of one shoulder strap, a few faint, small marks on the right chiffon sleeve, a bit of pulling to the edge where one chiffon sleeve is attached to the body of the dress, and a bit of discoloration at edges of the underarms—unlikely to be seen when worn and mainly visible from the underside, as shown in the close-up lining photos. This spectacular 1960s Stavropoulos dress will be truly eye-catching as it moves, with its elegant, draped chiffon panels!
Stavropoulos did not believe that tight-fitting dresses were chic. He is quoted in 1961 as saying "I don't want clothes to be tight, it's not high fashion. A woman must be able to move around in a dress." The body measurements we have given below will allow it skim the body, but not be too closely fitted.
Approximate body measurements for best fit:
Flat measurements of dress:
Length: 38" from shoulder to hem
Underarm to hem: 32”
Label: Stavropoulos, Athens New York