c 1983-85 Heavily Sequinned Chanel Silk Chiffon Dress
This is a very fine Chanel dress that is densely covered with black sequins and beautifully made. Both the interior of the gown and the exterior are made of a fine black silk. Then the black silk chiffon outer layer has a hand embroidered design that runs over its surface and then onto those curving lines are glossy black sequins that have been all hand place and applied to follow the design. It reminds me of soft trailing vines that run in a vertical pattern down the surface of the dress. The fabric is very fine and light so once on it feels almost weightless. The edges of the cuffs, neck and down the back have a border of a more densely set sequins for a little bit of detailing and contrast. A double row of this same heavier sequinned border finishes the hem. The interior dress has a tank bodice that shows through prettily. The skirt flows to the floor and the effect of the two layers of silk over each other adds to the light and airy feel of the dress despite the extensive sequin work. It is very beautiful and the workmanship very fine. This is most likely the work of Karl Lagerfeld in the very first few years of his joining Chanel in 1983. The secondary Garfinkel's department store label in the bodice is the appropriate version of their label prior to their closure and helps to date it as this time period. It is very rare, collectible and very, very beautiful. Excellent condition.
Fully lined with an inner dress of silk. It closes with a fine back metal zipper on the interior dress then the exterior layer buttons down the back. Each cuff buttons to close.
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam of the inner dress
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.