Incredible Spring 1970 Andre Courreges Cross Strap Backless Bright Sculpted Orange Dress
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 a highly glossed, thicker weight, smooth finish cotton. At the time this would have been extremely experimental. I love that this one takes the shape that we so closely associate with him and extends and exaggerates it to full length. This dress would not have half the impact it has if it was shorter. I am sometimes more excited to find these bolder and more unusual pieces from him then the more common mod feeling ones. A version of this one was also photoed for Vogue that spring making it even more special.
This beautiful dress is made out of a coated cotton that has been dyed to a brilliant orange. This was a signature colour for Courreges and it is just absolutely stunning. 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 has a more bare and fitted feel through the upper bodice and then flares and widens out very dramatically to the hem. The fabric is light in weight but has enough weight to it to hold the shape. The exterior has a coating that gives it a slight sheen and then inside it is self backed with a white finish. It has enough structure to it that it holds the intended shape and volume while feeling like you are barely wearing anything. The slight sheen and texture of it combined with the absolutely superb seaming details give the dress a rich, luxurious feel. All of the seams are set vertically to help add to the feeling of length and the bust is cleverly shaped by a horizontal seam running under it. It then has two darts worked in for shape. The neckline is scooped high on the chest and the sides curve for the arms. Straps extend out from the side and the top of the halter neck and then each strap buttons into place along the sides of the back. All of the buttons are functional and original. The two top ones cross over each other and the one below crossed the back in a horizontal line. Extremely collectible and rare. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.
Unlined with a self backing in white as described above. It zips to close at the back and each end of the straps button into place. Tagged a Courreges 0. In its original length and appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: will fit to 17" flat across the back from seam to seam with approx an A-B cup
Seam under the bust with straps taken into account: will fit to 15.5" flat across from seam to seam
Waist where the back strap is: to 14" flat across from seam to seam
Bodice: approx 13" from shoulder to seam under the bust
Skirt: 45.5" from seam under the bust to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML (it should fit a MED if you are narrow and small through the bust)
Reference Photo: US Vogue, March 1970.
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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