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[ORDER ITEM - #5125]
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#5125 - c. 1980's Red Jersey Sexy Dress with Wrap or Scarf Skirt! Va va va va va voom.... This dress deserves more than just a couple va-va's! :)  So sexy at front that there is a small extra modesty piece at mid bust if you can't handle the cleavage (I'm sure HE can handle it!)!  Even the back is sexy!  Wear the attached scarf at the hip wrapped around as you see, or just let it hang down as you also see.  Whatever you want to do.  This dress came from a former high-end department store fashion buyer, who has decided after 25 years that she doesn't doesn't like red (!), so those of us who love red (me) luck out with this, the dress below, and the Isabel Toledo museum outfit above.  Excellent condition.  No shoulder pads, just drapes and slides on or off the shoulders as you like! ;)  Side zipper.  Measures: 32" bust, 24" waist, up to 34" hips.  This is jersey, so it will stretch, but you still want to be about this size. Was obviously expensive when new. 

$ 585. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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[ORDER ITEM #6379]
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#6379 - c. 1980's BILL BLASS Black Silk Chiffon Nude Bustier Gown!  For my website groupies (and I do have them!), you might remember this gown which I sold in 2001.  I've always loved it, and when the chance came to sell it again... well, I'm proud to offer it up to the next gal who wants to sex up her black tie event with a top designer gown!  Black silk chiffon covered from strapless bustier top to lower hip with black soutache lace on sides and back.  In front is a cascade of black chiffon from satin bow.  The bodice (as you see) is a nude lined boned bustier with another satin bow.  Likely from the 80's when Madonna bustier dressing was "in".   And as you know... the 80's are BACK!   Can't be more wonderful on.  You'll have to trust me on this.  The interior low back boned bra gives you all the lift you need. Awesome!  Excellent condition with one spot that will need a spot cleaning.  If I get a chance to get this cleaned at the specialty cleaners, I will.  Or I'm reducing by $100 to give you $$ to get it done yourself.  Measures:  33-35" bust, 25/26" waist, up to 38" hips, 47" long from mid=bust to hem.  The zipper is a bit sticky, but works. 

$ 1,165.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM #5119]
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#5119 - c. 1990's DONNA KARAN Black Evening Gown with Black Beaded Trim!  This high-end Donna Karan gown came from the same person as the Isabel Toledo outfit below.  She worked as a buyer for a top department store so had access to the best of the best... and sample gowns or one-of-a-kind.  This Donna Karan gown is wonderfully unique!  The bodice is a normal boned strapless silk with extremely elegant black bugle beads... and then the rest of the gown is softly padded ... feels like a cotton batting inside to give the gown an "A" shape yet allows the the exterior layer of silk chiffon to cascade, giving an ethereal, flowing look over a gown with body!  Magnificent feel to the gown!! I only wish you could reach through your computer screen to touch it.... without going through a time warp or getting yourself electrocuted.  Someday they will figure out how to accomplish that, but in the meantime you just have to take my word for it.  Measures: 32/33" bust, 51" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition with just the most minor beads missing. A similar Donna Karan gown (without the beading!!) costs $3,295. new at Neiman Marcus.  So.. likely with the beading... closer to $4,500- $5,000!  

$ 1,485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0
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[ORDER ITEM - #6710]
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#6710 - c. 1950's SOPHIE ORIGINAL, Saks Fifth Avenue DESIGNER COCKTAIL DRESS!  Sophie Original dresses were extremely expensive when new! On par with the best Parisian designer dresses!! (If you don't know... Sophie Gimble was the in-house designer for Saks).  Lovely soft cornflower blue color!  Expertly made silk georgette chiffon over silk crepe dress with simple straight skirt with two full flowing circle panels added at back of skirt.  Excellent condition with a few issues...  there are belt loops but no belt, the lower edge of under skirt fabric is slightly faded, and there are a few light pink almost chalky spots, one on front right mid skirt (pic) is only one that is slightly noticeable, one pinhead size hole in back flounce panel.  These are all nitpicky issues. Otherwise in beautiful condition. Metal zipper back. I show the dress with some silk flowers pinned on the back - just for fun.  Doesn't come with it. Measures:  37" bust, up to 29/30" waist, up to 38" hips, 17" from shoulder to waist, 28" long skirt.    

$ 465.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM #5054]
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#5054 - c. 1970's "Chanel" Suit or "St. John" Suit of Black Knit with Gold Braid Trim!  No, it's not Chanel or St. John... just has the look of either or both.  Should I say that again to make sure you know what you are buying?  It's a no-name suit that will make you look like you are wealthy! :) Black santana knit.  The gold braid trim is just sewn on.  Goldtone buttons are nicely carved.  Elastic skirt is designed with large "pleats".    Measures: 35" bust, 28"-37" waist elastic skirt, up to 39" hips best, 22" long skirt. Small shoulder pads. Excellent condition with the only issue being white underarm residue inside only.   Should dry-clean out.  Under $150 so final sale.

$ 145.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5077]
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#5077 - c. 1990's CACHE Black Silk Chiffon Gown with Sequins and Beads!  Yeah, I usually don't sell "newish" items, but I do make the occasional exception when I personally love the item.  I figure if you like my taste in antique/vintage clothing, you will like my taste in the newer items.  Am I right??  Black silk chiffon gown with diagonal sequin design of lovely blue, aqua, turquoise floral vines with green bugle beads.  Spaghetti straps.  Just gorgeous!  Makes me want to book a tropical vacation.  Measures: 56" long from shoulder to hem.  Impossible to measure as it stretches. But it will fit a size 4/6.  Shown on the 35" bust mannequin with 36" hips.  

$ 185. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6801]
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#6801 - c. 1960's Doris Duke's Russian Sable Lined Gold Silk Satin Evening Coat!   Doris Duke was dubbed at birth "the richest girl in the world", and it was true! And that continued through her life, so at one point she was said to be the 3rd richest woman in the world, behind Queen Elizabeth of England and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands  When she died in 1993, she was said to be worth $2 Billion... back when that was still a lot of money! :) Reports claim she had $1 million a week in expendable income!!  NICE!! So even though she liked a good bargain, she certainly had the best!  So, ta-da, I present to you her Russian sable lined gold satin coat.  The full sable lining (excluding the sleeves, so it's a long vest) is worn next to your skin... ooh!... and is totally removable with buttons!  So remove and sleep on it if you so desire! :)  Or wear it under some other coat (use this gold satin as a pattern, or design your own). As you can see, the sable peeks out at collar, cuffs, down front and then extends 10" below the outercoat hemline. The sleeves are lined in silk quilting.  Sable is in Excellent condition!  The satin coat has a few scattered small spots and one small tear (see photos) at upper bust (likely where the coat was grabbed by a too sharp fingernail, or torn on a brooch). No closures, meant to be clutched! :)  Measures:  57" long from shoulder to hem. NOTE: A 1958 Time Magazine article quotes a sable-lined raincoat costing $15,000... back in 1958!!!!     Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Category.

$ 4,250. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Small (sizes 2-6 best)
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[ORDER ITEM - #5037]
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#5037 - c. 1990's OBNIBENE ZENDMAN, Made in Rome, Italy Cashmere 2-piece Suit!  100% Cashmere! You likely never heard of Ognibene Zendman, a fashion house designing simple, clean and slightly masculine creations using muted colors, founded in 1965 (OK, perhaps you have, but I hadn't... though just touching this 100% cashmere fabric will put you in ecstasy!!).  So I did a bit of research since I was told this label was quite expensive, high-level ready-to-wear sold at prestigious stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Neiman Marcus and Elizabeth Adren salon on Rodeo Drive.   In a 1986 article, I read:  "Ognibene Zendman prices average $650 for a wool day dress to a top price of $6,000 for an evening ensemble.  Zendman is the American-born partner behind the Ognibene Zendman label, who worked under the late Cristobal Balenciaga (whoo-whoo!) for 5 1/2 years before teaming 20 years ago with his Italian-born counterpart. Clients, who have included film stars, royalty and other celebs (mega-millionaire Doris Duke).... and now YOU! :)  Now, on to the suit.  AGAIN... SOFTEST 100% CASHMERE, windowpane checked double-breasted jacket of taupe and off-white with solid wide taupe lapels to match the solid taupe skirt. As you can see, to update the look, I just added a quick WRONG white belt just so you can see how it will look. I'm a belt person, so you might like it without.  See all the photos.  Fully silk lined.  So this suit would have likely been $2,000ish in the 1980's!!! And is still in near Mint condition! Measures: up to 42" bust, up to 41" waist, up to 44" hips BOXY jacket, 26" waist skirt, up to 37.5" hips skirt, 22" long skirt.   If you don't like suits, think of this as 2 great designer separates!!! 

$ 885. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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SOLD
#5028 - c. early 1990's LOUIS FERAUD Beige and White Boucle "Eyelash" Suit with Silk Tank Top! I have quite a few expensive designer suits and separates from the 1980's from two Long Island Gold Coast estates. Most all in sizes 4-8, so I'm working as fast as I can to photograph them to get them up on the website, but I'm only one person, so there aren't enough hours in the day.  So.... if you are in the market for store stock and want to buy in bulk... I'm your man (er, woman). For those of you who prefer to pick and choose... keep checking back!   This is one of my favorites in it's simplicity and elegance! VERY lady-like.  Very wealthy looking (not to mention it was certainly expensive when new).  Slightly boxy fit to jacket. Pencil skirt. Measures: up to 36/37" bust, 27.5" waist, up to 37" hips, 21" long from shoulder to jacket hem, 21" long from waist to skirt hem.  The sleeves will fit a shorter gal best in length.  Excellent condition. Comes with the ivory silk tank top blouse.  Perhaps not original to the suit, but great with it. If you don't like suits, think of this as 3 great designer separates!!! :)

$ 485.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5025]
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#5025 - c. 1980's UNGARO PARALLELE Black and White Checked Wool Suit with Great Details! I had to show you the back of this suit even before showing you the front because... well... I shouldn't have to tell you, you can see it!  The back is tailored to look like it's being pulled together with the short tied bow at back, creating a little peplum.  And then the lower back of the skirt has a sweet ruffle at the bottom of the hourglass shaped skirt!   The shoulders of this suit are particularly squared with shoulder pads.  The front of the jacket crisscrosses to close with double "v" at bottom, and double breasted buttons.  Please note, my mannequin has a bit of a humpback (don't laugh, she's very sensitive about this!!), so the jacket doesn't fit her as well as it will fit you at upper back.   Excellent condition.  Measures:  34" bust, 26" waist, up to 37.5" hips.  Sleeves are fairly short, so best for petite gal, or think of them as bracelet length. If you don't like suits, think of this as 2 great designer separates!!! 

$ 465. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5022]
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#5022 - c. 1980's CHRISTIAN LACROIX , Pret-a-Porter, Made in Italy Fabulous Metallic Print Evening Suit with Jeweled Buttons! OK I think it's very cool when I find items that come from the same designer collection.  It allows me to envision the runway show for that year/season. Makes me feel like I've gone back in time.  As you can see, I have this same metallic print evening suit in purple and hot pink (see below)... and now in yellow and turquoise with the only difference is that this skirt is slightly more bubble shaped!  I'll write the same thing as the other... "for those of us who prefer to dress like a girly-girl (yes, that would be me!) with spike heels and a little sparkle and shine! Awesome metallic evening suit in different but exquisitely matched jacket and skirt with large fabulous purple and gold jeweled buttons diagonally closing the jacket.  Fully lined. Near Mint condition!  Measures: 35" bust, 26.5" waist, up to 38" hips, 22" long skirt. Labeled sizes Italy (40), France (38), Germany (34), UK (32), US (6).

$ 765. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)


[ORDER ITEM - #6001]
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#6001 - c. 1980's CHRISTIAN LACROIX Pret-a-Porter Gold Label Metallic Suit with Fabulous Jeweled Buttons! Zowie! Ain't Lacroix great? Especially for those of us who prefer to dress like a girly-girl (yes, that would be me!) with spike heels and a little sparkle and shine! Awesome metallic suit in different but exquisitely matched jacket and skirt. in shades of purple, pink, black and gold with large fabulous purple and gold jeweled buttons diagonally closing the jacket.  Don't try getting into a bus in this, as it is a wiggle skirt.  Fully lined. Near Mint condition!  Measures: 26" waist, up to 36" hips (tops!), 20" long skirt. Labeled 34 / 38 and US 8, but that just shows how sizes have changed!  More like a 4 today.

$ 765. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4
(all measurements are maximum, slightly smaller is OK!)

 


[ORDER ITEM - #5042]
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#5042 - c. 1980's GEOFFREY BEENE Brown and White Tweed Suit! This is one of those suits that is almost more like a winter dress... meaning put on your bra, the jacket, the skirt and you are dresses to go! Actually I just lied, because you might want to add a thin brown belt (please not the white one I show in my photos so you can see the detailing).  Probably originally came with a belt, but it's missing.  Sorry!  However how hard can it be to find a simple brown belt???  Geoffrey Beene has a following, so for you Beene collectors out there... check out the tailoring of this jacket (see close-up photos).  Brown leather buttons.  Fairly short skirt.  Measures:  34/35" bust, 27" waist, up to 38" hips, 19" long skirt.  This has longer sleeves than many of the other pieces from this estate, but not gorilla length... just long enough for a non-petite woman. Excellent condition.  If you don't like suits, think of this as 2 great designer separates!!! :) 

$ 485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5084]
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#5084 - c. 1990 ISABELL KRISTENSEN, London Couture Purple Silk Sheathe Dress with Silk Organdy Overcoat and Tie Belt! Only a few more of these Isabell Kristensen outfit that came to me directly from the original owner who had this made specifically for her! So it is, indeed, HAUTE COUTURE.  Ms. Kristensen has dressed Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Ivanka Trump, Liza Minnelli, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton... and now you! As I read online, "Her unique and extravagant creations have remained synonymous throughout the fashion industry, reflecting true glamour worthy of the Red Carpet."  I have to agree with that with this outfit!  Purple silk strapless dress with an "Indian" influenced gold jeweled trim at upper bodice.  Lovely on its own, but then you get the matching silk organdy wrap coat that can be worn open (like a swing coat) or use the matching wide scarf to wrap yourself like a present for casual glamour!!  You can use the scarf any other way you like.. long and wide at 11" x 88"!  Measures: 33/34" bust, up to 26.5" waist, up to 37" hips, 18" long from natural waist to hem. Back zipper, lined and boned dress.  Looks great on... I should know because it sadly fits me perfectly.  Waahhhhh.  

$ 1,385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #4506]
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#4506 - c. 1935 Black Floral Printed Lace Gown with Black Silk Chiffon and Matching Jacket!  Yowsa! I just love finding complete outfits with matching coats or jackets!  So often the pieces have lost their mates over the years. However, here is this lovely bias seagreen and light green deco floral print draping bodice gown with black chiffon skirt insets.  Very good condition as there is a bit of wear at the armholes (see photos) and light staining on the front light green bodice inset (see photos).  Otherwise, terrific.  You can certainly fix the underarms with a few stitches, and cover the insert with a matching piece of material to cover staining.  Inotherwords... you can make this look near perfect with just a bit effort.  Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 40" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem.  I photographed it sweeping the ground and also worn by a taller gal which would look equally good at up to ankle length with strapy or T-strap shoes showing.     Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 985. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5082]
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#5082 - c. 1990 ISABELL KRISTENSEN, London Purple "Ballywood" Beaded Jacket!  This jacket came to me directly from the original owner who had this made specifically for her by Isabell Kristensen! So it is, indeed, HAUTE COUTURE.  Ms. Kristensen has dressed Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Ivanka Trump, Liza Minnelli, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton... and now you! As I read online, "Her unique and extravagant creations have remained synonymous throughout the fashion industry, reflecting true glamour worthy of the Red Carpet."  I got a few of her pieces from this owner. This was designed well before the current Ballywood look in vogue, and long after the Indian influence was popular in the late 1960's/early1970s. So I'm not sure what influenced this look in 1990, but it's certainly unique!! Although meant to be worn separately,  you can also purchase the matching long skirt below for an additional look! The jacket alone would be fabulous over skinny jeans or even worn as a dress (with slip under as it's open at the bottom).  Wide shoulders are back in vogue now.  Large heart-shaped goldtone buttons complete the magical look.  Measures:  34" bust, 26.5" waist, 34" long jacket.  Excellent condition with just minor re-tacking of beading on jacket needed.  

$ 865. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5082a]
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#5082a - c. 1990 ISABELL KRISTENSEN, London Purple "Ballywood" Golden Overlay Evening Skirt!  This evening skirt (which can be coordinated with the long jacket or short dress above) came to me directly from the original owner who had this made specifically for her by Isabell Kristensen! So it is, indeed, HAUTE COUTURE.  Ms. Kristensen has dressed Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Ivanka Trump, Liza Minnelli, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton... and now you! As I read online, "Her unique and extravagant creations have remained synonymous throughout the fashion industry, reflecting true glamour worthy of the Red Carpet."  I got a few of her pieces from this owner. This was designed well before the current Ballywood look in vogue, and long after the Indian influence was popular in the late 1960's/early1970s. So I'm not sure what influenced this look in 1990, but it's certainly unique!! The two-layered gossamer lame over purple satin skirt would be great with just a simple tank top or silky halter.  Measures:  26.5" waist,  38" long skirt. Excellent condition.

$ 435. ORDER  (SKIRT ONLY)

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5074]
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# 5074 - c. 1990/1991 BOB MACKIE Black and White Beaded Bodice Bolero and Original Hot Pink Belt!  STOP HERE... OK.. have I got your attention??  I really want you to take a moment to look at this gown with and without the belt, and with and without the beaded bolero.  It will give you a few different looks in one gown!  And if you find additional boleros or jackets, you will have even more choices with one basic and beautiful gown!   Simple black jersey bodice with white silk skirt.  The beaded bodice is silk with white beading in lovely floral design.  White beaded edging and open at the back.  The hot pink belt is very stiff... and can be worn with buckle at front or back... or not worn at all... or find other colored belts or sashes to wear to change the look again!  Excellent condition... only a tiny issue of ghost stitching from shoulder pads that were attached to the gown straps by someone crazy! Wild!  I removed them so you can wear the gown without the bolero.  You will get the shoulder pads and you can put them in the bolero if you wish. Measures: 33/34" bust, 25" waist, 39" long from shoulder to hem.  Labeled size 6, but it's a 4 today.  Has attached slip under skirt. The best investment in a party gown you will ever find... as it's so versatile!  

$ 845. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4
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[ORDER ITEM - #4648]
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# 4648 - c. 1989 BOB MACKIE Red Beaded and Sequined Gown on Black Netting! As you know from my website, early Bob Mackie gowns and dresses originally sold for up to $18,000.(!).. and this was nearly 30 years ago!! With inflation...well, I can't count that high! Only these very early net Mackie dresses (and costumes) were priced at this level. There were many Mackie mass-produced dresses that were produced later (and still), and often people don't know the difference. Always seek out the fully beaded dresses and gowns on netting - these were lined in nude or black material to be worn out in public, but if the linings were removed, they were the same nearly see-through dresses that were worn by Cher, Diana Ross and others! This gown is the same "Grapes" design that was used by Mackie for the Sharon Stone nude illusion net dress for "Casino". That gown just sold at auction for $13,200! These "Grapes" gowns were from Mackie's 1989 California Collection - a salute to the Napa Valley. Black netting with blood red bugle beads and sequins fully lined in black silk. Boned bodice. Measures: 36/37" bust, up to 27" waist, up to 37" hips, 43" long from natural waist to hem. Back zipper. Excellent condition!  

$ 2,450. ORDER

Approx. - Size 6/8 (with 27" waist)
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SOLD ON LAYAWAY
# 6729 - c. 1958 Attibuted to BALENCIAGA Golden Floral Empire Dress with Watteau Back and Sheer Overcoat! Direct from Zurich, Switzerland!  I've seen enough couture and not couture clothing in my life to know that "attributing this to Balenciaga" seems a no brainer!  All the detailing of the design, the fabrication (I believe a warp printed brocade), the classic Balenciaga seaming, the fastidious hand-stitiched seams, the awesome finishing details (including beaded weighting in the dress back hemline), the sheer harmonizing overcoat, the slight slope in the hemline at the front of the dress, the mid-seam down front, the coloration in various tones of a single color in a floral pattern, etc., etc. Near pristine condition (except for one spot found on one sleeve - see photos). Museum quality in condition, design, and colorations!  This may have been custom-made at Balenciaga as it has no label, and it seems to be sized exactly to fit a somewhat busty client.  I have another dress from the same estate, also attributed to Balenciaga (see below).  Same measurements. To those of you "in the know", you will understand just how extraordinary this piece. Measures: 40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem.  Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 2,850. SOLD ON LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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SOLD
#6730 - c. 1958 Attibuted to BALENCIAGA Brown Silk Floral Dress with Gathered Back and Matching Silk Overcoat! Direct from Zurich, Switzerland!  I sold another labeled Balenciaga dress with a similar gathered extraordinary back.  That dress was spectacular on its own, but this dress has the additional matching printed silk coat with hugely oversized collar that comes with it.  Please look at the additional photos to see the coat! This ensemble came from the same estate as the other "attributed to Balenciaga" dress and sheer coat ensemble, and was likely made to order in the salon as her measurements are a bit on the busty size at:  37" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips, 43" long in front and what seems to be 42" long in the back?  This dress and coat have all the exquisite tailoring details you would expect from Balenciaga, including the classic Balenciaga seaming, the fastidious hand-stitiched seams, the awesome finishing details (including weighting in the dress hemline), the matching overcoat, the mid-seam down front, the coloration in various tones of a single color in a floral pattern, etc., etc.  Near Mint condition.  Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 2,850. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #5081]
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# 5081 - c. 1980's ISABELL KRISTENSEN Turquoise Blue Sheer Silk Organza Swing Coat! With Matching Sheer Scarf! This sheer coat came to me directly from the original owner who had this made specifically for her by Isabell Kristensen! So it is, indeed, HAUTE COUTURE.  Ms. Kristensen has dressed Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Ivanka Trump, Liza Minnelli, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton... and now you! As I read online, "Her unique and extravagant creations have remained synonymous throughout the fashion industry, reflecting true glamour worthy of the Red Carpet."  I got a few of her pieces from this owner.  The coat is a sheer silk organza swing shape coat with collar.  Comes with a matching long scarf that measures: 106" x 10.5" to wear as a sash.  Coat is 35" long from shoulder to hem. It barely looks like it was ever worn (though I was told it was worn once). 

$ 485. ORDER  (FOR COAT ALONE)

$ 1,285. ORDER  (FOR DRESS and COAT)

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5081a]
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# 5081a - c. 1980's ISABELL KRISTENSEN Turquoise Blue "Ballerina" Dress!  With Matching Scarf! This dress (with matching coat available above) came to me directly from the original owner who had this made specifically for her by Isabell Kristensen! So it is, indeed, HAUTE COUTURE.  Ms. Kristensen has dressed Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Ivanka Trump, Liza Minnelli, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton... and now you! As I read online, "Her unique and extravagant creations have remained synonymous throughout the fashion industry, reflecting true glamour worthy of the Red Carpet."  I got a few of her pieces from this owner. This one is so "ballerinaish" (so I gave it that title).  Shiny sheer silk organza sheer fabric over a matching color satin lining create the bodice with gold metallic braid triple straps.  The skirt (from the "V" waistline) is 6 layers!  The lining is 1, then 4 layers of plain tulle, and then the top layer of dotted swiss tulle give it the shape.  The scarf matches the dotted swiss silk tulle skirt measures: 92" x 29".  Dress is 34" bust, 27" waist, up to 37" hips, 18" long from waist to hem. It barely looks like it was ever worn (though I was told it was worn once).  One gold braid strap show ever so tiny bit of wear (likely from hanger). 

$ 865. ORDER  (FOR DRESS ALONE)

$ 1,285. ORDER  (FOR DRESS and COAT)

Approx. - SIZE 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6727]
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# 6727 - c. 1990's BILL BLASS, Made in USA Black Silk Faille "Petal Bodice" BACKLESS Dress with Black Lace Bolero!  LARGER SIZE! OK, I have to say that I prefer this dress without the lace over bolero, but it comes with it, so look at the photos to see all.  If you prefer to go sexy... check out the nearly backless back on this dress as well as the sexy petal bodice front with spaghetti straps and wide waistband.  The material is a fairly heavyweight, fairly stiff FABULOUS feeling silk faille.  The skirt is fully gathered and will stand out from the body without a slip.  Excellent condition dress.  The lace bolero has one small area of lace breaks (see photos).  Hard to measure without the back, but Measures:  33.5" underbust, 32" waist.  

$ 645. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 14
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[ORDER ITEM - #9998]
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# 9998 - c. 1980's MURRAY ARBEID, London Black Lace Bustier with Wide Hot Pink Satin Waistband!  If you search Murray Arbeid, you will see that one of his gowns was worn by Princess Diana and sold at her gowns auction for $25,300!  This bustier won't cost you quite that much, but made by the same designer... so if he was good enough for Princess Diana, he's likely special enough for you!  Black velvet bodice covered with black lace which extends to a long unlined peplum.  The mid section is covered with a wide hot pink satin waistband with bow at back. All you will need is a simple black skirt or pants (which I'm sure you have in your closet) and you are done! Button back over snaps. Measures:  32" bust, 25/26" waist, 12" long from waist to hem.  Excellent condition. 

$ 245. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 5014 - Dated May 26, 1986 YVES SAINT LAURENT Rhinestone Jacket of Black Silk Jersey! Never Worn... Comes with the Original Monte Carlo Shop Price Tag of $1,470 Attached!  Actually, the price tag reads originally 9,710 French Francs which was converted to $1,470 US Dollars. This was purchased by a New York writer and socialite at the Yves Saint Laurent Shop in Monte Carlo in 1986.  I have many pieces of hers... many 1980's top designer suits and silk blouses which will be going up on this website in the near future.  This is one of my favorite pieces, so it goes up first.  Wonderful feeling softest silk jersey material, lined in an equally wonderful feeling pink silk satin lining (you will want to wear it with nothing under but your skin).  Brilliant large rhinestones and black beads. Excellent, near mint condition.  Never Worn. Wide shoulder pads designed to be worn likely over a shoulder-padded blouse.  $1,470 would equal approximately $3,000 in today's dollars. You get a heck of a break on a NEW OLD masterpiece.  Labeled size 40 (French size). Measures:  23" long from shoulder to hem.

$ 675. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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# 6698 - c. 1990's VICTOR EDELSTEIN. London Gown of Black Silk Satin Jacquard with Fishtail Back! Victor Edelstein was most closely associated with Princess Diana as he was one of her favorite designers.  As a matter of fact, one of her most famous dresses was the Victor Edelstein ink blue silk velvet gown that Diana wore in 1995 when she made that tabloid splash dancing with John Travolta at the White House!!  Even the Madame Tussauds wax statue of  Diana is said to be wearing an Edelstein!  1992 was the first year of his ready-to-wear collection.  Prior to that it was couture/made to order only. I wish I could date this for you, but I need to educate myself in Edelstein designs. Meanwhile... it's a fabulous black silk satin jacquard strapless gown with inner zipper and boned construction and exterior button back with fabulous fishtail back! There is netting in the tail to stay poufy. Excellent, near mint condition. Lined in black silk.  Measures: 36" bust, 25" waist (interior construction which can be increased in size), 28" waist exterior construction, up to 41/42" hips, 42" long from natural waist to hem in front, 47" long in back.  Top Quality for a Princess... or you!  

$ 685. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8 (with internal waist modify)
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# 4793 - c. late 1960's Saks Fifth Avenue Sexy Floral Harem Jumpsuit!   According to Vogue and many other current fashion magazines... HAREM PANTS ARE "IN"!  I know you might expect to see this piece on my website in the Memorabilia section as "worn by Cher on her 1960's TV Show".  But obviously this was designed and sold at Saks for that daring Cher wanna-be. Incredibly sexy and small crossover top attached to the wide legged pants with harem elastic bottom. This was likely sold as a "hostess" piece.... but I doubt the woman who bought it could be confused with a Stepford Wife!  Wish I could give you the name of this fabric, but .. it's a crinkly paperlike weight (a voile?) with a sheer white lining (the lining has tome tears).  Exterior Excellent condition. Back zipper.  Elastic harem pants.  Measures:  27" high waist (short-waisted), 45" long from waist to hem. I look like something akin to a psychedelic blimp in this - so you do NOT want to be short and large busted!   You want the body of Cher! Great piece for your collection! Get creative and wear over a t-shirt or something unless you are wearing on vacation, when anything goes!!

$ 385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 6653 - c. 2000's BETSEY JOHSON Dress of Peachy-Pink Satin and White Lace with FABULOUS Lace up Corset Back!  From NBC's "PASSIONS" Soap Opera Worn by Melissa Fahn as the Young Esmerelda (aka Glinda)!  From the wardrobe department of the now cancelled soap opera "Passions".  Every year or so “Passions” did a spoof on a musical, complete with a song-and-dance number.  In spoofing Wicked, costume designer Diana Eden is quoted as saying, "We had something like 45 costumes made from scratch.  It was crazy here for two-and-a-half weeks, but we made it. When we first meet Young Esmerelda, she's in her little beige suit with pink piping and pink ruffles, then she changes into another dress, which is the only dress I didn't design. It's a Betsey Johnson dress and it's peach laced ruffled. All I did was add a little ruffled sleeve." Melissa Fahn was an original Broadway understudy for Wicked’s Glinda and featured in the Los Angeles cast of Wicked.   Measures: 32/33" bust, 26/27" waist, 24" long from waist to hem.  Short waisted a bit, so you will want to be short, or at least realize that the waist measurement will be slightly higher than your normal waist. Near Mint condition.  FABULOUS back!!  Comes with COA. Great prom dress as you tell everyone about the history!!  Won't they be jealous! :)    Also Listed in the Memorabilia Section.

$ 435.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 6688 - c. 1990's JOSEPH ABBOUD Fabulous Beaded and Sequined Sheer Evening Jacket!  You should know the name "Joseph Abboud" if you know anything about fine clothing in the 1990's.  His quality and design work rivaled Armani.  Mostly known for his menswear, he ventured briefly into women's highend apparel. This is one of those fancy, yet understated pieces that would be worn by the most posh, wealthy woman.  Dark nude color silk chiffon covered all over with finely detailed scrolls of tiny gold beads, clear leaf-shaped sequins and nude silk floss. See close-up photos!  Fully lined in matching same silk chiffon - so it's beautifully sheer.  Labeled 42/8, but seems larger to me... I would call it an 8/10.  Belt it to look more modern.  Moderate shoulderpads.  Excellent condition with just some of the tiny gold beads missing at the very edges of neckline (see photos of all the places on the entire jacket!). If you want it to look perfect, find matching beads to sew on, or remove all the unnecessary ones on the cuff ends and use those. This will turn any simple plain neutral dress or pants into fabulous evening wear! This would have been quite expensive originally!  Great price for this piece!  

$ 385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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#5704 - c. 1950's Barkcloth Sundress with Matching Bolero with Rhinestones!  One of my favorites which I would likely keep myself if it was just a tiny bit larger... or I could stop eating the Hershey's Kisses!!  I wonder if I can get paid by Hershey's for mentioning their product on my website?  Eh, Hershey's???  If you don't know how special this item is, then you don't deserve it! :) First... the black/brown/ivory reed design barkcloth material!  Killer!  And then the magnificent tailoring of the material the dress to create the perfect design!!  Can be worn with or without straps, and the straps can be worn crossed in back or straight in back.  Perfectly fitted bodice with gathered bust, and circle skirt.  Shown with crinoline, doesn't come with it. Fabulous little details include the looping edging at the upper bodice, and the tiny rhinestones here and there to just add an unexpected glitter.  Back metal zipper.  Comes with the matching bolero with cuffed 1/2 sleeves and sharp collar! Excellent condition. Measures:  32" bust, 25" waist.  

$ 795. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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