Friday, October 28, 2011

Vintage Trends: The Long Gown and the Chiffon Cape

Stavropoulos was born in Greece, the seventh child of an eventual nine and his father ran a tobacco processing plant.  He opened his own custom salon in Athens in 1949 and moved to New York where he became known for his floating dresses: layers of chiffon that floated around the body while not being extremely revealing.  His clients were comfortable in his dresses (imagine that!  you could breathe, you could move and you could look glamorous - all at the same time!).  His clients, like Princess Elizabeth of Yogoslavia and Elizabeth Taylor, were also attracted by a dress that could be worn more then one way.  In fact, this gown has its two original scarves - one in all chiffon and one with thin strips of panne velvet.  It also has its original and uber glamorous chiffon cape.  It is in a beautiful shade of pomegranate red.

You might remember seeing Princess Charlotte Casiraghi (channeling her grandmother, Grace Kelly, in To Catch a Thief) in an ice-blue  gown with a long chiffon cape from Giambattista Valli Couture that she wore to Prince Albert's wedding.

Pomegranate red chiffon and panne velvet gown with matching chiffon cape and two belts.  
Size 6/8


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