The dress is made from a black silk feel organza that has a wide waistband that is interspersed horizontally with gold bugle beads and a single row of gold seed beads. It has little caplet sleeves and a round neck but by far, the stand out design is the embellished and appliqued musical instruments on the skirt. There is a singular French horn on the bodice and several more on the skirt together with violins, trumpets and tuba designs. These are exceptionally well made from gold and silver lame, tulle and an assortment of beads and prong set crystals.
The dress fastens to the rear with the original zip that is carefully concealed in between the rows of horizontal beadwork. The dress also featured a key hole opening which fastens with a single button around the beaded neckline.
Condition wise, this is in superb vintage condition and I find no faults of any note. There is no bead loss to speak of, no fading to the organza and all the appliqués are very fresh looking and intact. This is worthy of museum acquisition or one for the collector of fine vintage - its also very wearable. No sizing label remains but the measurements suggest a size fit for up to a UK 10 or US 6. Its possible that this dress may have come with a slip as it is quite sheer but the two have separated. It would look superb with modern body shaping undergarments or a replacement slip.
Bust - 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Waist - 31 in. (78.7 cm)
Hip - 36 in. (91.4 cm)
Length - 44 in. (111.8 cm)
Shoulders - 17 in. (43.2 cm)
1970s Chloe Novelty Musical Instrument Black Chiffon Dress
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