From the 1980s
This dress has quite a story. This was designed by Susan Shields. She was an independent designer based mainly out of New York and Connecticut. She designed for an exclusive set that included socialites, local well to do and celebrities like Diana Ross, Grace Jones and some of the Studio 54 set. She had three locations: Greenwich CT, Westport CT, and New York City. Her dresses went for thousands of dollars apiece.
My step-granmother, Grama Rosa, was her seamstress in the Westport location. The dress pictured she made by hand in Shields' shop. It's been cleaned and carefully stored since 1982. This was made from a Charmeuse that has been hand creped. All of the rhinestone jewels were added by hand. The jacket has large shoulder pads and a beautiful fabric flower on the right hand shoulder.
This dress is an original one of a kind designer piece.
The Susan Shields label is in tact. This is a size 8, but nicely fits my size 10 dress form. In excellent condition. no wear and tear, no stains. One small rhinestone missing on the bottom of jeweled design.
Chest - 16 inches across 32 inches around, has give to 36 around.
Waist - 14 inches across, 28 inches around has give to 31 inches around.
Hips - 16 inches across, 32 around with 38 give.
First and Last Photo
Model - Rasha
Photographer - Ginger Grant
Make Up - Evelyn at OMA Ordep Makeup Artistry
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