Thursday, June 2, 2011

Arnold Scaasi


 I am thrilled to present to you a 1950's silk cocktail dress by legendary designer Arnold Scaasi. I went to the Vintage Fashion Guild website for a little info on him.

Arnold Scaasi (b.1931) was born Arnold Isaacs in Montreal, Canada. He left school at fourteen in order to travel to Australia to visit an aunt, and upon his return to Montreal he attended the Cotnoir-Capponi Design School. For his last year of school he went to Paris and studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In 1953 he left Paris for New York. Upon arrival in the city he called Charles James, who ended up offering him a job.
He worked with James for a while, absorbing James’ approach of designing in the round. Isaacs also freelanced and made clothing for private clients. He also did made to order work for companies to use in advertising, and it was for one of these ads, Body by Fisher, that he reversed his last name and became Scaasi for the first time.
In 1956 Scaasi did his first ready-to-wear collection, which was an success. In the next few years he did menswear and costume jewelry, but in 1964 he scaled back on these operations to concentrate on his new made-to-order salon. He made extravagant clothing for many of the country’s most famous women, including First Ladies, actresses and socialites.
“I am not a minimalist designer! Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear.” Scaasi
Written by Lizzie Bramlett,,
Please call Xtabay at 503 230 2899 for price and size details....
Thanks so much for looking!
from a late 1950s dress - Courtesy of memphisvintage

from a late 1950s dressCourtesy of memphisvintage


  1. GORGEOUS. I'll have to call on Monday for details. But, pretty sure either the size or the price is ging to make me cry because a Scaasi is like a timepiece!

  2. I love Scaasi and this dress is outstanding. The MFA here in Boston recently did a small exhibition of some of his clothing and I drooled through the whole thing.