Gorgeous 1972 Nina Ricci Black Silk Gazaar Off Shoulder Dress W Ruffled Finishes
This wonderful black silk gazaar dress is from the Nina Ricci Boutique ready to wear line. When hunting for a reference to date it by, we happened across a photo from 1972 that has a variation of this dress with a different neckline and no sleeves. I like this off shoulder version even more and love that the photo at least gives you an idea of how the dress looks like on the body. The Ricci atelier was launched in Paris in 1932, with Nina retiring from designing in the early 1950s. Jules Francois Crahay then headed the design team until he left for Lanvin in 1963. Gerard Pipart took over from Crahay and stayed on with Ricci until 1998. This dress would have been made during his tenure with the house. It is an incredible example of the work being done by the label during this time period and might be my favourite Ricci dress in the shop to date.
The dress is made from a beautiful black silk gazaar that feels like it has been treated so that it holds its shape and volume even more then it normally would. The fabric has a very fine woven feel to it and just a touch of transparency that keeps it feel light and easy. It has just enough weight and structure to be able to create the impressive lines and volume that you see but without making the dress heavy or bulky to wear. The photos really do not give it full justice and it is an integral part of the design of the dress. The bodice is cut to skim over you to the waist. Running along the edge of the neckline is a 6" wide ruffle. This falls from the elastic finished edge and puffs softly around you. The elastic that runs through the top edge of the neckline allows you to wear the dress off the shoulders leaving you bare. Long sleeves sit under that and they each end in a full circle of fabric to create a pretty 4.5" ruffle. The waist nips in and I have added a grosgrain ribbon that I will send with the dress that allows you to cinch the waist in further. The skirt falls to the floor from there and has yards of fabric in it that create the fullness and volume that you see. The skirt falls in a gently widening line and is finished by a 9.5" ruffle that goes all the way around the hem. The dress has a simple silk taffeta skirt underneath and I did not add any additional crinolines. The volume you see is achieved solely by the cut and the fabric choice. It is incredible and I love everything about it. Excellent condition
Lined in a black silky rayon through the bodice and the a black silk taffeta through the skirt. The sleeves are unlined. The dress closes with a back zipper. The grosgrain tie belt is not original but will be sent with the dress. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. It is even better in person.
Sleeves: 20" from the top edge to the end of the ruffle. Meant to sit off shoulder. The upper arm is 12.25" around
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of the center of the neckline to waist seam
Skirt: 43.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Robert Ricci, with two models in Nina Ricci evening wear, UK, October 1972.
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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