Stunning vintage 1980s elegant black & antique gold silk lace structured strapless evening gown with full ball skirt by Niel Bieff, size 2/4, in mint condition from an estate collection of designer gowns & couture clothing in NYC. The ensemble harkens to the designs of Zandra Rhodes back in the 8os and has a Russian princess vibe, the gown your wear to the International Ball or to the fanciest formal ever. It's a 2pc look, but the strapless gown is the showpiece, and I feel it can be worn without the bolero (just saying: the bolero looks hot with jeans worn as a cropped jacket). I could not fit the jacket on my busty 35" bust mannequin, just saying--the best bust is a 31" to 32. Neil Bieff is still in business, and sells through Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, NY, but back in the day--the 80s--his dresses were are Bergdorf Goodman and Martha, and at the top tier specialty shops like Miss Jackson's in Tulsa, Wilkes-Bashford, Neiman Marcus, and Ultimo in Chicago.
The smart couture customer who wanted a more personalized approach to a fitting in NYC went to Bieff, and these gowns are not easy to find--this one as wearable now as it was back then. It doesn't look dated, and for the right event it is exactly the dress to wear.This gown looks unworn; no blemishes, no rips or marks, or real signs of wear. It has been stored away for years in a smoke & pet free home. The lace is relatively wrinkle resistant so a quick blast of steam to the skirt and some minor steaming in the bodice and you could run out the door to the ball.
Size: 4 - both pieces labeled (this can fit a 2/4; xs to s; the bust is 32 A B, the waist is 25" to 26"; the hips are free). Fabric: Not labeled but this is a high end silk lace and tulle under skirt. Notes: I could not fit the dress on my size 6 mannequin, hence I have not shown it from the back--I could not zip it; there is an inset zipper in back of gown; fully lined; the jacket has buttons in front, and is fully lined; shoulder pad construction in the jacket. Measurements: with garment laid flat (with pertinent dimensions). To easily find out if a garment is in your sizevintage sizing is hardly accuratecheck a garment (that fits you perfectly) with a tailors tape or tape measure & compare those with mine (then write those measurements down so you always have them handy when you shop online).
Bust is measured under the arm from side to side, for instance, and doubled would be your bust size ie. 17 across the bust = 32 to 34 bust. The across the back measurement, seam to seam, opposite the bust, often determines a bra band sizeif the front, stretched, measurement for a 16 back width, is 17, the right size would be a 32 B cup which adds the darting in the front. 16-1/2 across the bust, underarm, side to side. 44 length from side of arm hole/bust line side to hemline side.35 length from waist seam to hemline front. 13 across the waist; there are snaps to hold the waist in place.
16" across the back; 17" across the front, stretched. 15-1/4 across the shoulder width, seam/seam. 12-1/4 length, measured from back of neckline to hemline rear. I have found that local NYC buyers want to try things on, so I have made it possible.
Contact me to schedule an appt. See my other listings for a variety of cool & unusual finds. There are discounts for multiple purchasessee banner on my shop page. Follow me on InstaG: Chipper1963.I have lived in NYC for more than 30 years (since the late 80s) and have been in and around high fashion and luxury retail for decades. Through the years I found that sourcing items for specific events, photo shoots, and interior design projects was a valuable skill in a city that produces images, events, and interiors that influence how style is seen throughout the world. I started my career in New York City in the late 1980s dressing display windows at Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in the glory days of true innovative story-telling windows in the days before the internet and Instagram. It was there that I learned the fine art of styling designer clothing & creating an aspirational & romantic mood with merchandise and propping that helps build a relationship with the clothes we wear, and the emotion that people have with properly presented merchandise. I had access to the finest luxury designer clothing like Claude Montana, Pauline Trigere, Coco, Mr Beene and others, and learned about expert seam construction, the feel and distinction of well crafted fabrics, the details that matter, and the high tech fabrics that were constantly being introduced that were/are constantly innovating the marketplace.
It was also a time (the 80s) when the shift in the social food chain (read: society) began to change, a time when the Ladies Who Lunch began to be replaced by a new moneyed group of vulgarians who changed the way retail was conducted. Shopping was a sport not an event; it was about consumption but not mapping out the way clothes could be worn and the appropriacy of different looks, for day, for evening, for events. I witnessed the last gasp of the days when shoppingeven at the mid-levelwas an event, a treat, and madame was served champagne in dressing rooms and the clothes were explained and the ways to wear them were explored.
My mother also wore lots of Bonnie Cashin in the 1960s and 1970s so I was aware of the modern minimalists, and sought them out for her when I found them. Since Im shopping constantly, and love fancy estate sales and sample sales, I scour them regularly and with great skill; the result is an online shop that I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, home accessories, & mid century odds and ends from high end homes in the New York City area. I also sell to designers looking for inspiration clothing to base new designs from, and have many garments not listed that I show privately. I love finding stuff, and love helping source stuff, and just KNOW that I have tons more stuff than is listed here, so if you are in film or television production just ask for specifics and I will probably have something for you, or be able to understand what you are looking for without wasting your time.
I have been in the biz and know how it works. Check out my other listings. My shop is constantly evolving, and new items are added weekly. The item "NEIL BIEFF Russian Princess Evening Ball Gown Antique Gold Lace Couture sz S" is in sale since Sunday, December 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Dresses".The seller is "chipper63" and is located in Brooklyn, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in continental Asia, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia.