This is a stunning dress by American great Bob Mackie. Made of a sheer black net, it is highly embellished with intricate, sumptuous beadwork, sequins and crystals. With its glittering and shimmering art-nouveau pattern, low V-neck, and swinging beaded fringe, this piece evokes the luxurious glamour of the Roaring Twenties. The Jazz Age was one of the most exuberant and wild periods of the twentieth century, with underground speakeasies, illegal parties, and a widespread scofflaw mentality, yet it was also one of the richest, most glamorous, and most artistically inclined. As we approach the centennial anniversary of that decade, modern designers have taken inspiration from 1920s designers' attention to detail and penchant for high embellishment. Many designers have sought to merely revive the fashion of the period, but here Bob Mackie has taken it a step higher by putting his own mark on the styles and updating them. In this piece, Mackie captures the mood and feel of the 1920s, but with the thigh-length hem, center-front zipper, body-conscious shape, he creates a thoroughly up-to-date and flattering garment. This piece pays homage to the Jazz Age with a precision and skill that does justice to that incredible decade, and marries this inspiration with a love song to the 21st century, with an eye to modern taste, technology, and sensibilities. The result is a stunning and heirloom-quality piece with timeless appeal.
Designer: Bob Mackie.
Vintage condition: Nearly Perfect.