1970s Victor Costa Strapless Iridescent Silk Taffeta Ruffled Bodice Dress
Victor Costa launched his label in 1974 and was known for producing versions of what was seen on the Paris runways. This dress for example is a version of what Yves Saint Laurent was doing in this time frame. Costa chose good fabrics for his designs and even though his work was often very close interpretations of other designs he did add his own unique twist when it came to colors, cut and fabrics.
This is one of my personal favorites of the Victor Costa pieces I have had come into the shop and the fact that it is a play on the work of YSL plays a part in that. It is well made and really great value for your dollar. He has chosen to use a silk taffeta for the dress and this choice gives it just enough weight and structure to be able to create the impressive lines and volume that you see but without making the dress heavy or bulky to wear. It also gives the dress the most amazing slightly iridescent finish. The bodice is fitted and strapless and cut to curve and shape the bust. Circling around the top portion of the bust is an elaborate ruffled finish that is made of two panels of taffeta. The waist nips in and it has its original tie belt in a matching fabric that allows you to cinch the waist in further. The skirt falls to the floor from there and has yards of fabric in it that create the fullness and volume that you see. The skirt falls in a gently widening line and is finished by a pleated ruffled that goes all the way around the hem. I love everything about the dress and how the ruffles are used to emphasize the romantic feel of the dress. It is really incredible. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a the same fabric through the bodice and the skirt is unlined. The bodice is lightly boned and shaped with stiffening fabric. The dress closes with a back zipper. Original matching fabric tie belt. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. The color in person has a slightly more purple tone to it then how it photoed. It is even better in person.
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice ruffles to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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