Whiting & Davis Gown Worn by Tammy Wynette
This is a gown that was owned and worn by Tammy Wynette around the early '90s. I bought it at auction from the then president of the Tammy Wynette Fan Club around 2000. It was designed by Anthony Ferrara, who does all of the ready-to-wear designs for Whiting and Davis before starting his own line. He's designed for many famous people: Katy Perry, Cher, Dolly Parton.
Tammy Wynette was one of America's most popular country western singers. It's quite an unusual gown because actually, Whiting and Davis, you see many types of the tops, just the tops. The halter tops, they were big on that and the jackets and things like that, but you don't see the entire ensemble. You have a bodice or jacket and then you have the evening skirt to go with it. One of the unusual things about this jacket is that it has bat wing sleeves, also called cocoon style. And this original design was popular in the 1920s, and then recreated again in the 1980s. You have some provenance on it.
I do have this photo of her wearing the blouse. Also, the designer has conversed with me many times, and he did confirm it was his design and he believes she wore it on an award show.
This type of thing is really hot in the vintage world right now. If you were going to sell this at a vintage market, you would expect to get somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000 just for this ensemble by itself. But because Tammy wore it and that you also have the paperwork, you have all the information about the gown, we can add $1,000 to it. So that would give us a value, full retail, of around $4,000 for the dress.
It's so exciting. It's priceless to me.
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