Tuesday, November 04, 2008


The polls are closing on the East Coast, but we still have five more hours of voting here in Los Angeles. If you haven't voted, don't shop! First vote, then shop! And in honor of Election Day, we have selected a classic American 60s design in grey flannel by Geoffrey Beene.

Last night, we celebrated the release of Kim Hastreiter's book on Geoffrey Beene (published by Assouline) here at Decades in Los Angeles. Many of our clients wore their favorite vintage Beene dresses and be sure to check the Paper Magazine party pictures here to see the group that joined us. Now back to this Beene. A mock turtleneck flared gown of grey wool flannel is beautifully juxtaposed with Swarovski crystal rhinestones spanning two rows down the dress and at it's hem. We have had variations of this seminal Beene design but usually in cocktail length. This dress is full on maxi and carries a ton of moxie. "Grey Flannel" is also the name of Mr. Beene's famous men's cologne. It was a preferred fabric of Geoffrey Beene and this dress shows beautifully how one can take a traditional masculine fabric and make it into a wonderful feminine gown. What a perfect gown to to wear in Washington D.C. for the Inauguration Gala - it will keep you warm!

Geoffrey Beene grey flannel maxi gown with Swarovski rhinestone trim, c 1960s. Modern 6 to 8 SOLD

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