Thursday, June 14, 2012


A gorgeous vintage dress can be pretty seductive.  Take this Starvropoulos Grecian goddess gown that was designed by an actual Greek.  For me, it was love at first site:  I was falling pretty hard for the marbleized chiffon print of azure and melon and digging the effortless toga silhouette when I noticed that the previous owner really had a good time in this gown by the remains of the day: stains.  The gowns went straight to Margaret's and just weren't going to go away, so I took the lemons and made lemonade!  Surrendering to its imperfect condition, I suggest that the second owner should be the type who likes to have too much fun and wants to have the proof of it decades from now.  This is the ideal summer gown for those who still "summer" and don't mind a little extra history with their wardrobe.  Trust me, the previous owner, the great opera star Shirley Verrett, probably gave the performance of her lifetime in this gown and celebrated like a rock star after.  Critics and fans called Ms. Verrett  "La Nera Callas."  Not bad to be compared to Callas, but Ms. Verrett had a talent all her own and an enviable style, too.

Stavropoulos goddess gown of marbleized chiffon print, c. 1970s.  Modern size 6.  Damaged as shown. SOLD
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