In the 1970s (c 1975-6) it was purchased at Harvey Nicks in London by an American lady who brought it home, wore it once or twice and then folded it up and put it in a bag. Fast forward to a couple of months ago (2009) when we wondered whether or not it was still in good condition. I took the dress and its components (there are components!) to a place where I could use a professional steamer and worked on the dress (just the dress) for over an hour, and the result is as you see in the photos I’ve provided.
Vintage Gina Fratini Gown
Vintage Gina Fratini Gown (saved page)