(similar dress here — and on sale!)
Veruschka’s Yellow Caftan in Vogue & Where To Get a Hostess Gown
There’s little I find more appealing than a hostess gown or caftan. In fact, it has me wondering: Why isn’t everyone wearing hostess gowns and caftans all the time? I literally can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t look good in one — and they feel so good! Hence why I created The Ultimate Caftan Guide.
One of my favorite images? The German model Veruschka in a diaphanous yellow caftan in the February 1966 issue of Vogue. See “the most beautiful woman in the world” + how to get the look in this latest installment of the Style Icon Project!
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HOSTESS GOWN: Society Social c/o (no longer available but this similar dress has the same fabric and feel | SHOES: Loeffler Randall penny slot slides | HEART SUNGLASSES: Amazon or Matches Fashion
BOOM! Isn’t Veruschka a knockout? Photographer Richard Avedon called her “the most beautiful woman in the world” and one quick Pinterest search will show you why. She’s definitely the most agile and interesting model I’ve ever seen, inspiring me to up my posing game.
Strike a pose!
When I spotted this gorgeous yellow hostess gown/caftan on Society Social, it instantly made me think of Veruschka.
The above reads:
“Doubled chiffon poncho in lengths of orange and yellow– like a sheet of flame thrown over a narrow slashed underskirt of gold brocade. Dress by Stavropoulos.”
Here’s the history of George Stavropoulos, according to Wikipedia:
George Peter Stavropoulos (1920–1990) was a New York fashion designer best known for his innovatively draped silk chiffon dresses and evening gowns that seemed to float in air. Many of his designs were influenced by the grace of classic Greek sculpture.
He was couturier to celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Maria Callas, and Lady Bird Johnson, and also to a loyal coterie of New York society women some of whom bought his clothes from his first collection in 1960 to his last thirty years later. This gave Stavropoulos a discreet social cachet.
In Palm Beach, Florida, people said that the yearly November arrival of Stavropoulos with his new collection was a signal that the social season had started. And if Stavropoulos showed up at a party, his attendance might be chronicled by such gossip columnists as Cindy Adams.
You can read The Story of George Stavropoulos’ Couture Designs on Culture Trip + The New York Times.
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If you want to feel like a chic goddess, then you will love a billowy hostess gown/caftan.
Random aside: Do you know my real last name?
If you guessed Golightly, no…
If you guessed Lee, no….
Well yes, but not exactly. Originally our family name was Leakopoulos. My Dad’s grandfather shortened it when he moved from Greece to America.
Stavropoulos made me think of that.
Perhaps they knew each other.
When I took a 23andme test, my results came back saying I am 13% Greek — and 52% French & German, 23% British & Irish and 1% Arab, Egyptian & Levantine.
SO, if you’d like to feel like a Greek — or Italian…or German…or whatever — goddess, I’ve linked how to get the look below.
PHOTOS by FRED MOSER
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HOSTESS GOWN: Society Social c/o | SHOES: Loeffler Randall penny slot slides | HEART SUNGLASSES: Amazon or Matches Fashion
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