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1980s Beaded Silk Cocktail Gown by Di's Designer Hachi

1980s Beaded Silk Cocktail Gown by Di's Designer Hachi

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Apparel: Pre 1990: Item # 1227575
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The Hachi name, as you may remember, is closely associated with the late Princess Diana. A beaded evening gown created for her by the Japanese designer took top price (more than $70,000) at the personal apparel auction she was organizing at the time of her death. She wore that dress often between 1983 and 1989. This said, any beaded dress by Hachi is of more than idle interest -- and ours happens to have the very same beaded sunburst pattern that features on Diana's gown at shoulder and hip. (Run a search for "The Hachi Dress" to see what I mean; there's even a Princess Di doll in that fabulous dress.)

Our elegant example of Hachi's artistry surely dates from the same period as Diana's. It's a sleek 48-inch column of silk crepe with a diagonally cut dropped waist. Within the center of the neck, there's a fabric-covered weight to ensure that it drapes properly -- lovely detail, but the loveliest is of course the giant beaded sunburst that extends for more than a foot over the right shoulder.

There's no size tag, which leads me to believe the dress was custom-made. Its bust measures 34 inches, narrowing to a waist-skimming 28 inches and flaring to more than 40 at the hip, because of the gathers. Outer sleeve length is 22. Sizing should work for most small women (US 2, 4 and possibly 6), but do please check your measurements to be certain. There's no lining, since this is a fabric you want to flow very smoothly. The spicy color sizzles somewhere between cinnamon and clove.

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