This gorgeous gown from the 1960s has both stunning, timeless beauty as well as verbal historical provenance. The gown's owner was a staff member for President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s, and she tells us she wore this dress to a White House dinner when she met the Shah of Iran! It is documented that the Shah visited with President Johnson on August 22-24, 1967, and we tried to find a picture of our lady in this very gown the night of August 22, although no photos of her at the Shah's toast dinner can currently be located. However, she did indeed purchase this dress for that special occasion.
The gown is dark emerald green cotton velvet, lined inside with black chiffon. It has a nylon zipper on the left side seam, and has one shoulder strap, also on the left. The top of that shoulder strap snaps to a very long panel of green velvet fabric lined with white satin; this panel is loose and free flowing on the left side of the gown, and sewn down vertically to the right side seam of the gown. Inside the dress is a dark green rayon satin built-in bustier with supportive boning, which has another zipper in the under layer.
The visual effect of this unusual garment construction is one of a Greek Goddess wearing a floor length straight column velvet dress, with a sweeping floor length cape descending on one side behind her. This is truly a marvelous, breathtaking evening gown!
Inside the satin bustier there is a dressmaker label that says "Miss Branell." In the bottom side seam of the skirt is a store label, "Julius Garfinckel & Co., Washington." Julius Garfinckel's was a large, 8-story department store located very close to the White House, in a location that today is part of Hamilton Square. It was well known and frequented by White House staffers of the 1960s, although it was controversial at the time because Garfinckels did not allow African Americans to try on clothing in their flagship mercantile store!
This gown is in excellent condition, clean and without flaws.
It is a Small size, the bust measures 34 inches, the waist is 28, the hips are 36. The length from shoulder to hem is 56 inches.
It is your chance to own a small piece of American history!
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Item ID: 0730
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