Barbra Streisand wore this ethereal custom Marchesa gown for Act Two of “Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic”. The tour ran for 16 shows from Aug 2, 2015 to May 6, 2017.
Barbra co-designed this look with the help of Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. Regarding its creation, Barbra stated “For the second act, I redesigned a dress I saw on the runway. I know my own body and that’s why I know what to show and what to disguise.”
Barbra’s gown is a cross between Marchesa’s jeweled antique silk cocktail dress and their tulle Grecian gown.
The grey, silk chiffon creation features a plunging neckline with a nude illusion V neck, halter straps and off the shoulder chiffon sleeves. The fabric contains a light glitter sheen, which is most noticeable on the sheer arms.
The silk is pleated at the empire waist. The focal point of this look was it’s jawdropping multi strand jeweled neckline. This pale pink pearl and antique silver chandelier style piece also contained crystals, large teardrop and Emerald cut stones. The intense beadwork is sewn into the nude illusion fabric and continues down the center of the dress vertically on a separate, long piece of chiffon. The back of the gown has a zipper closure and free flowing fabric in a cape style to the floor. This extra fabric allowed Barbra to utilize the dress more with dramatic arm movements. This dress is a nod to many of Barbra’s past concert looks. It is her classic style with a fresh take. This gown was also featured in the key art for the Netflix special of this concert.
Marchesa is named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. It’s founders, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Chapman’s draping and design paired with Craig’s textile creations resulted in the launch of Marchesa in 2004. Streisand mentioned how impressed she was with the Marchesa team for bringing her vision to life so quickly. “You pin it, you talk about it, you see it, you try it, it’s one fitting and then it’s done. It was so delicious, so delightful, so wonderful.”