1970s Jean Louis Scherrer Gold & Copper Densely Sequinned Flame Dress
Jean-Louis Scherrer started off working for Dior in 1955, leaving there when Yves Saint Laurent was appointed to the head designer position. He then joined Louis Feraud and stayed there until launching his own couture label in 1962. He was known for his evening wear and soon had a loyal following. In 1971 he launched his ready-to-wear line. The earlier pieces especially were extremely well made and often had many hand finises throughout like this dress does. The construction of this dress in particularly is closer to demi-couture then RTW.
This is the dress you want when you really need to make an entrance and take center stage. It is completely covered in sequins. Every square inch of the exterior of the dress is covered in tiny hand placed and applied sequins. The main color is a pale silvery-gold and then there are copper sequins mixed in to give it that flame effect that you see. The combination of these form an incredible design that covers the entire dress. I call if the 'flame' dress because the shapes at the hem and the way the copper sequins are done, suggest flames scattered over the dress. The bodice is cut into a halter style and the straps curve up and behind the neck. This leaves the back completely bare and open. The dress skims over the waist and hips and then falls to about the ankles depending on how tall you are. The jagged hem lets you see a touch of skin underneath and this is deliberate so that there is no missing out on the incredible way the hem is finished with it jagged little ends. Even these have each been covered in sequins by hand. It is an incredible piece and looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined in an ivory silk and closes at the back with a metal and nylon zipper. It hooks to close at the back of the neck. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Hand finishes throughout
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 58" from top of neck to longest point at the 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.