S/S 1992 Rare Dolce & Gabbana Lingerie Corset Bustier Dress
The 1992 Spring/Summer collection was all about lingerie as outwear, sex and supermodels. The collection was called "La Dolce Vita" and the theme was sex. Supermodels stomped down the runway is various lingerie and boudoir inspired pieces. A year later Madonna would partner with Stefano and Domenico for her Erotica tour costumes. Its easy to see why when you watch the runway show in the video attached. This dress is the twin of the one worn by Cindy Crawford at the 11:50 mark in the video below and I have included a photo given to me by the original owner from when she last wore the dress. There is also a photo of a bustier from this collection that is currently held in the permanent archives of the FIT Museum.
This lingerie inspired look is a theme that Dolce & Gabbana revisited throughout the years but the quality of the earlier pieces cannot be compared. It is made out of true corseting fabrics and this makes a difference on how it fits. The front is a silk satin, heavy and of corset weight with vertical seaming and built in wired cups. The sides and back are a heavy elastic, again proper corset weight with a row of heavy corset hooks closing it from to to bottom. It is literally shaped and curved to the female form and once on highlights and gives you that bombshell shape. An extraordinarily early and collectible dress. Rare and of museum quality.
Unlined but with finished interior seams. Closes with lingerie hooks that run from top to hem at the back. A panel of black velvet sits over them in the interior to protect the skin of the girl wearing it. Attached, adjustable hooks. Tagged a 42 but please check measurements as it runs small/ The fabric does have some stretch
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 35.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference photos: Cindy Crawford for Dolce & Gabbana S/S 1992 (screen grab from YouTube) / Bustier from The Museum at FIT / Provided photo of the dress worn by the original owner.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.