This is a truly stunning 1960's cocktail dress with exquisite beading which was worn by a White House staffer at an estate dinner during Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency. It is silvery ice blue, heavy weight smooth silk, with a rounded scoop neckline and short sleeves. The upper part of the dress in front and back is elegantly hand beaded with silver gray glass seed beads, large and small faux pearls, white rhinestones, and iridescent aurora borealis sequins.
Other beautiful dressmaker details include princess seams and flattering below-the-waist pleats, and artfully pieced sleeves that don't have shoulder seams, to really show off the bead work that flows over and around your shoulders.
The dress is fully lined inside and it comes with the original matching silk belt. It closes on the side with an "Ideal" dyed to match metal zipper.
The label says "Young Viewpoint, New York." We found an old newspaper ad for Young Viewpoint dresses, which were sold by appointment and at trunk sales by traveling salesmen, and in 1959 their beaded cocktail dresses sold for around $69. With inflation, that would be $550 in today's money! So this is a very expensive, well made original 50's-60's era cocktail dress.
It would also be a fabulous, one of a kind, sophisticated wedding dress!
This gorgeous garment is in near perfect condition. We found one pulled thread in the silk under the right arm, which is hardly noticeable. Otherwise the dress looks truly "worn once," with no stains, tears, soiling or other flaws, the beaded design appears pristine, and the garment has been well cared for.
There is no size tag. We would call it a size Small to Medium. The bust measures 36 inches, the waist is 28. The hips are 38 inches, the bodice length is 15.5 inches, and the total length is 43 inches.
Item ID: 0803
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