1982 Krizia by Mariuccia Mandelli Deep Plunging Front Sculptural Dress
Mariuccia Mandelli launched the Krizia label in 1954, as one of Italy's first ready-to-wear labels. By the 1980s and 1990s Krizia was a leader in the Italian fashion world with international acclaim. Much of her work was inspired by architecture and you can see a strong sense of that in this dress. I have dated this to the 1982 collection based on the reference photo found and dated to that year. It shares the same striking and unusual 'pockets' that jut out dramatically from the hip at sharp angles as the piece in that photo.
The dress is full length and made of a crinkled iridescent taffeta. Another reference photo found shows Mariuccia wearing an outfit in a similar fabrication. The drama of the hips are balance out by equally dramatic, curved and puffed sleeves. The front is done in an extremely low V that plunges past the waist to an almost unwearable depth. The hips are cut slim and fitted and the back has a high slit that runs up the center seam so that you can move and walk. The panels on each side are functional 'pockets' of sorts and do open down into the very bottom of where they attach along the side of the skirt. I have shown them extended out to each side but also photoed them pinned at the top points so that they curve in and wrap. You could do this to either the front or the back as I have shown. It is a very interesting and avant garde piece of fashion history. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a hidden set, metal and nylon zipper at the back. Tagged a 42IT. Appears to have never been worn, or worn very little
Bust: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from neck to hem
Front plunge is 19" deep and the black slit is 24 from hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Krizia, 1982. / (2) Mariuccia Mandelli (designer of Krizia), date unknown.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.