Tuesday, February 12, 2013

History's Runway: The James Galanos Evening Gown, 1959

Velvet, chiffon, bugle beads and embroidery
American, 1959
James Galanos
The Victoria & Albert Museum

1951 saw the launch of James Galanos’ label which immediately became associated with the sophistication and glamour of Los Angeles. Galanos liked to play with elegant contrasts. For example, in this 1959 gown, he’s paired black with crimson to create drama. The gown of velvet is embroidered with fleurs-de-lis and rosettes in black bugle beads. A satin ribbon accentuates the waist and separates the ornate bodice from the delicate layers of black chiffon which cascade over the skirt. 

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