1990s Galanos Couture Madame Gres Inspired Silk Jersey Dress

1990s Galanos Couture dress which looks very inspired by the French couturier Madame Gres. The dress has an unusual combination of colours; for the bodice, a deep lime green satin and brown and eau de nil silk crepe for the skirt and deep inverted bodice. The satin work has very fine pintucks which fall in a diagonal direction on the dress. The reverse of the dress has a cut out back and fastens to the side with a modern concealed zip that is original to the dress. There is a series of hook and eyes that follow from the waistline, up to the underarm. There is also a hook and eye at the top of the dress, towards the back to keep the diamond element. The skirt is a gentle A-line floor length cut. The inside of the bodice is lined in silk charmeuse.

There is a great deal of hand finishing to the dress and Galanos was a master of couture sewing execution. He was one of the only American designers making clothes to a Haute Couture standard and had a large team producing, in the main, occasion wear for his fabulously wealthy A-list clients. It is fully marked with the Galanos Couture label and professional dry clean only.

The condition of the dress is very good. Upon close inspection, we notice some slight abrasions in the silk jersey which in some cases have been repaired as others are light, they have been left. They are on the front of the dress right in the side, towards the hem of the dress. It’s virtually impossible to notice when worn and we only saw them when the dress was in hand and on the second or third inspection prior to listing. Best fit for around a UK size 8 – 10 or US 4-6.

Bust - 34 in. (86.4 cm)
Waist - 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Hip - 34 in. (86.4 cm)
Length - 61 in. (154.9 cm)
Shoulders - FREE

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