This is a remarkable example of Courreges and the work that Andre was doing during that time period. I know we often associate his work with very mod and short pieces but he also did many dramatic pieces in fabrics like this. It is just incredible and the photos don't come close to conveying how beautiful it actually is in real life. I am sometimes more excited to find these bolder and more unusual pieces from him then the more common mod feeling ones. This one is also numbered on the back of the label. It is just gorgeous.
This beautiful dress is made out of a black silk chiffon and then it has a floral design that it's fused onto the silk. The colours that are used are absolutely gorgeous. They range from this deep fuchsia and pinks and then they slowly change to soft corals and even pale lavenders in parts. The velvet has a glow to it so the effect of the velvet popping off of the transparent silk chiffon is this fantastic play of texture and colour that has to be seen in person. Many of his pieces are a play on volume and proportion and this dress is an amazing example of that. It is a dramatic piece that is cut with a dropped waist much like a twenties piece would be. This blouses over an inner seam set around the top of the hips. The neckline is squared off at the front and again at the back. I love how it is edged in a little black velvet ribbon. Running across the front of the neckline is a skinny little velvet strap that has a flat bow at its center. Each sleeve is full above its own skinny little velvet ribbon edging. The blouse is full and easy and skims over you to that low drop scene under the seam the skirt falls from there and is actually quite full. When you're standing still it hangs straight but when you move you get this beautiful volume and floating affect around you. There's a little attached velvet ribbon on one side of the head that wraps around to tie in the bow on the other. I would love to play on transparency that you get there is a lining inside but you still have this feeling that there's a slight transparency between the flowers. This is Address that really only comes to life once it's on the body as pretty as it looks in the photos it's really when you see it in real life and you realize how much flow the bias cut fabric has how much drape the dress has and how much movement it will have once it's on the body. It's spectacular. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a single layer of silk chiffon through the bodice and has two layers of chiffon through the skirt. Slips over the head to wear and has elastic through the seam at the top of the hips. You can use the ribbon to tighten it further around your hips. Taged a Courreges zero and has a numbered tag on the back of the label. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. The easy cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes
Sleeves: 14" and the ends are 10.5" around
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Elastic seam at top of hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 22" from top of shoulder to elastic seam at top of hips
Skirt: 29" from elastic seam at top of hips to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-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.
One of the key elements of the spring 1973 collection was the snap closures that Courreges used. They played a two fold role in that they were a functional element that actually acted as closures and they where also a decorative design feature that helped to highlight his signature cuts. In the runway reference photo that I have included here, you can see the same snap detailing. This is a beautiful and rare example of his Haute Couture work from this time period that still feels fresh and wearable even now.
The suit is made from the classic wool that Courreges was using for his pieces during this time period. It has enough weight to hold the sharp angular lines of the suit but without adding bulk or making it feel too heavy to wear for our modern aesthetics. The colour is a beautiful deep blue that has been captured well in these photos. The wool has a slight texture to it. The stitching and the snaps have all been dyed to match the colour of the suit. This lets you see the seaming and detail but in a way that gives you the full picture all at once. The jacket is beautifully cut. It is meant to skim over the body with just a touch of a boxy feel to it. The sleeves are capped and the shoulders are seamed but have no additional padding. The shape is all created by the cut and perfect tailoring techniques. To wear it you simply slip the jacket on and it snaps into place down the front. The top stitched seaming detail is done to follow the lines of the jacket and become their own design element. The skirt is spectacular. It is cut to be fitted around the waist and then is cut on an angle to the hem. I have photoed it flat for you as well as on the dress form so that you get a better feel for the shape. It has an unusual way to close. There are snaps that run down each side and you can fully unsnap it on both sides. The bottom two snaps at the hem are decorative so that you get a bit of a vent on either side but all the snaps above it open. This lets you open the sides up and leave the resulting slit as high up as you dare. It is an incredible example of his work. The exterior of the suit is in excellent condition and there is a note below regarding the lining
Both pieces are fully lined in a white silk and close with the snaps as described above. There is an area of fabric missing from the interior of the skirt. It is stable and does not effect the wearing of the suit. Tagged a vintage Courreges 00
Shoulders: 12" across
Bust: 16.5" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 18" from neck to hem
Waist: 12" flat across the back from seam to seam
Hips: 17" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 22.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference photo: Andre Courreges Haute Couture Spring 1973
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival