1970s Louis Feraud Haute Couture Hand Pleated Pink Silk Chiffon Day Dress w Bow
Louis Feraud launched his couture label in 1950 in Cannes and by 1955 opened the doors to his Paris atelier. In 1958 he presented his first Haute Couture collection. His couture pieces are hard to find and this one is exceptional. By the 1970s he was well established and in 1978 he won the Golden Thimble Award. The dress comes direct from the daughter of the original Haute Couture client who purchased it in and around that same time period.
This is a beautiful dress that you can wear for day and into the cocktail hour. It has a classic silhouette that still feels fresh and in line with what you are seeing on the runways now. The dress is entirely made by hand to Haute Couture standards and the silk is of the highest possible grade. The top is cut to skim over the bodice and the sleeves pouf out above their buttoned cuffs. There is an attached tie at the neck that ties into a bow. The waist is nipped in and it is cut so that the the top blouses over slightly as you see in the photos. The skirt falls from under there to just past the knee. The entire body of the dress, both the front and the back, has been meticulously pleated into sharp knife pleats. These run horizontally across the upper shoulders and then fall vertically below that. Each pleat is perfectly spaced and some are actually doubled with another pleat of fabric hidden underneath. This technique uses an excessive amount of fabric and it is only in couture that you would see this. The time to hand pleat these so perfectly is mind boggling especially when working with a fabric like silk. The colour in person is a true rich pink. Ot is slightly more dusky and not quite as vivid as how it photoed. It is far better in person and that dress has a wonderfully refined and elegant feel to it. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.
Fully lined through the skirt in a pink silk and unlined through the bodice and sleeves. All interior seams hand finished. It closes down the front with hand made silk covered buttons. It buttons from the neck to the waist. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. Proper Haute Couture label present
Bust: 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 21" from neck to waist
Skirt: 30.5" 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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