Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Leave it to a Greek born designer to figure out how to use strips of panne velvet on a fire engine red chiffon dress and make it look light and airy and perfect for a spring or summer al fresco fete. George Peter Stavropoulos opened his eponymous NYC House in 1961 when stiff and architectural fashion were the norm. It took fashion an entire decade to catch up with his unrestrained, fluid, and soft clothing that sensually draped over the body. In the 1970s demand for Stavropoulos layered chiffon dresses continued to grow as his aesthetic of minimalism was suddenly popular and his more famous contemporary Halston followed a similar aesthetic, originally heralded by "Stav". This spaghetti strap Stav is a red chiffon bias cut with beautiful slim strips of white panne velvet that give the dress a dimension and texture that is very pleasing to both the eye and the hand. The back of the dress has a wonderful swag panel of coordinating fabric that hits above the bum and is another flair enhancer. We say Go Greek and wear Stavropoulos

Stavropoulos fire engine red bias cut chiffon dress with white strips of panne velvet and optional chiffon necker-chief. c. 1970s. Modern size 4
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