karl lagerfeld

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Large Silver Paillette Sequin & Open Cage Dress

This fantastic dress is from Karl Lagerfeld's own label. He launched his self-named label in 1984 and I believe this one is from the early 1990s. The aesthetic of his namesake brand combined a Parisian feel with a touch of rock-chic. A look that perfectly describes this dress

The dress is made from a black synthetic crepe that is light in weight and falls well once on an actual body. The cut is long and lean. Through the body the cut is fairly simple with a long, full length skirt, a simple bodice and straps that curve up and around each shoulder. The waist is highlighted by a panel of the same fabric and it is gathered  for a cummerbund effect, a signature theme that you find in many of his pieces. It is through the upper shoulder sand sleeves that the dress really comes to life. Here the straps form a  cage effect around you and then wrap around the back of your neck. The sleeves are suspended from a strap and this leaves a wide cut out all around the upper shoulder. I love how the edge of the top of the sleeves perfectly lines up with the upper edge of the bodice. Each sleeve has a wide panel of rectangular silver paillettes circling around the elbows and then again at the wrist. The cuff that peaks out from under the lowest band of silver is set so that it flares out slightly. An extra high slit up one side is the perfect finish. This dress really showcases Karl's genius with fabric and cut and is a wonderful example of his earlier work. Excellent condition with a note below

Unlined except for the front bodice panel which is lined in a black silk. It closes at the back with a hidden set zipper and buttons. The neck strap hooks to close behind the neck. Hidden set zippers in each cuff and boning through the bodice. I see one of the silver sequins missing and two that are cracked or broken. There is some light pilling on the fabric under each arm. Tagged a vintage 38

Sleeves: approx 25"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from shoulder to dropped seam above hip
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem
Slit: 28" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3407

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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