Extraordinary Spring 1991 Gianni Versace Couture Green Silk Runway Suit w Top Stitched Pockets

In the 1980s and 1990s Gianni Versace ruled the catwalks. He was the favourite of the Supermodels and they were featured predominately in his runway shows and his ad campaigns. Versace launched his label in 1978 and in 1989 he presented his first couture collection. The days that Gianni headed the label were heady, glamourous ones and set the tone for the label as we know it today. He remained at the helm of the brand until his death by assassination in 1997. This is from those years in the 1990s when the label was everywhere and everyone wanted to own and wear a Versace. Vogue recently added this show to its runway archives and in the show notes Gianni was quoted as saying; 'To use art in a flat way, without creative intervention, is in bad taste. I mix it up'. Also of note is that this was one of the collections that Donatella pulled from when she re-issued some looks for her Spring 2018 collection which commemorated the 20th anniversary of her brother’s death. 

This suit is the exact twin of the catwalk one and I am pleased to have some runway footage of the suit here for you so that you can see how it looks and moves once the body. You will note that for the runway they folded the tops of the pockets down. I lightly steamed them to match for one photo here but I prefer them they way they look when they lay out fully flat so you see every bit of the detail on them.  They also feel more 'naughty' that way. It was  belted for the show and it would be easy to add your own belt to get that same look if you wished. The suit is so very Versace. It is sexy and bright and you won't be missed by anyone once you have it on. Both pieces are made for a bright vivid lime green silk that is a touch brighter and more true then how it photoed here. It is stunning in person. The silk has a paisley design in a slightly more matte thread to give it this interesting tone on tone pattern.  The skirt is short and fitted with a flat front and no waist band. It is cut to curve up and into the waist so that it follows the curves of the body. The jacket goes over this and is cut full through the shoulders and bust, comes in at the waist and then sits snug over the hips. The epitome of the nineties silhouette.  Each sleeve is long and ends in this interesting flared cuff that end with a single gold toned metal button. You can wear the cuff long or flipped up like you see in the runway shot. More of the same buttons run down the front of the jacket to close and all of the buttonholes are done in the proper dressmakers technique. The collar is notched and simple. The jacket closes high enough up the front that you can easily wear it on its own without having to wear a top under it. The pockets are the star of the show. There are four and each is a round circle that has been top stitched. Of course the placement of the pockets on the bust have that very risqué feel to them and it is what gives the suit that shot of Versace sexiness. It is wonderful and very rare. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition 

Both piece are lined in a green silk. The skirt closes with a hidden set zipper and the jacket buttons to close. The jacket is light padded through the shoulders and all of the pockets are functional. Tagged a 38. Any colour change or little bit of yellow in the shots is just the lighting. It is is perfect in person. 

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from neck to hem

Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 18" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3864

Reference Photo/Video: Spring 1991 Versace Runway Collection, Look 53.

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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