May 15, 2010

2 Designers, 2 Dresses

Two very different dresses, yes? The first, a custom original by Howard Greer, who had a distinguished career in film costume design before a long career in fashion design. In this c. 1959 - 1960 superbly made dress, he combined red silk chiffon and red silk faille with bugle beads in rows and in pave bands. The chiffon over blouse is scooped to reveal a heart shaped interior bodice edged with a wide band of beading. The skirt is bias cut at the front and swings beautifully.
And then there's this Christian Dior boutique dress c 1980. A completely different feel! The blouse and skirt are both silk organza with a large scale, bold black, white and red print. Multiple circular ruffles finish the wide neckline and form rows down the full elbow length sleeves. Both pieces are lined in white silk crepe. And what does it have in common with the Howard Greer dress? Besides the touch of red? It is beautifully made.

Both dresses now available at Past Perfect Vintage

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