Designed in 1974 by Yousef Rizkallah for Malcolm Starr and sold by Saks Fifth Avenue, the flowing silhouette of this bright kelly green chiffon evening fantasy is due to not one but two sheer, voluminous layers of fabric cascading over an empire-waisted, A-line gown.
The first chiffon overlay falls in a swingy, full-length trapeze shape, and the second, top layer begins with a bodice-enhancing ruffle in front, which then angles to a floating, voluminous cape behind.
A panel of nude chiffon backs the sheer green top of the bodice, and extends into nude green "straps" in back. The "cape" closes at the back of the neck with a single hook and eye, concealing the back metal zipper set into the gown underneath, which runs from mid-back to the low hip.
Lined in green satin and labelled "Rizkallah for Malcolm Starr", the gown also has a Saks Fifth Avenue store label, as well as a fabric care label (with dry cleaning instructions) and the red and blue ILGWU tag in use from 1974 to 1995. The Egyptian-born Rizkallah designed for Malcolm Starr until 1975, and this particular gown was shown in the spring 1974 collection.
Measurements are: Bust 37", empire waist 30", hips 43", bodice length 12" and overall length 58" (all measurements but the overall length apply to the undergown). Excellent condition; a broken thread loop at the back of the neck has been professionally repaired.
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