c. Fall 1998 Vivienne Westwood Black Silk Satin Strapless Bow Front Corset Dress
My client purchased this spectacular Vivienne Westwood gown from her mothers shop. She wore it to a friends birthday gala and that was the only time it was every worn. We narrowed down the date based on that info and also the reference photo of a similar gown that was shown for the Fall 1998 presentation.
The gown is one of the best I have seen and is utterly amazing. The cut and line of it are pure heaven. It is strapless and has that famous dipped and peaked bodice edging that Vivienne is famous for. Inside is one of her boned and shaped corsets that are constructed to cinch you in and push up the breasts. On an actual body you will get that full Westwood effect from this and the bow that sits at the bust only emphasizes this. the bow is constricted so that it curves out from the body and just adds even more bust shape and size. below that the waist curves in with vertical seam and then it curves over the hips and then flares out in a beautiful flared shape. The construction of the skirt is almost architectural and reminds me of that famous Charles James gown in the way that it flares and curves outwards on each side. The fabric is a heavy black silk satin that seems the perfect choice for the cut and feel of the gown. It is incredible and a rare find. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk with an inner built in corseted bodice as shown. Inner wired peaks at the side of the bodice The corset zippers to close. The outer dress also zips to close with a hidden set zipper along the seam offset at the back
Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 51" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photo: F/W 1998 Vivienne Westwood Ready to Wear Runway Collection.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.