c1984-85 Valentino Silk & Silk Chiffon Backless Red Dress
When I started to hunt for reference ohotos to date this dress I found these from the 1984-85 Haute Couture collection. You can see the similar technique sued through the bodice ruching and the skirt. This Valentino boutique version is based on that collection. I have had a version of this before that had a one shoulder silhouette but I think I love this dramatic backless version even more. The silk taffeta skirt is dramatic and full and is his signature Valentino red. It is cut to be full and dropped from the fitted upper torso. I love that the net underskirt has a full 13" hem of the same silk the bodice is constructed from so if you lift the outer skirt up or when you sit you get this wonderful flash of that pattern peeking out from underneath. The bodice is a fabulous. It is is fitted to hug the body from the shoulders to the hip. Screened silk chiffon is hand draped into tiny soft pleats so the entire bodice is gathered and ruched. It has bold shoulders that have pads underneath. If you wanted a softer feel you could easily remove these. And as dramatic as the front is you have equal drama when you turn as the back is scooped with a deep curve that leave the back bare. It is fabulous and presents as excellent condition with some small notes to review below.
The top is lined in a black silk and the skirt has a net and silk trimmed underskirt. It closes with a hidden set side zipper. Padding in the shoulders. The exterior skirt layers of the skirt has some slight discoloration here and there. It is fairly faint and even and with all the fabric and volume you do not notice it when on but it is apparent if you lay it flat and look at the fabric spread out. I have priced it significantly lower then I would otherwise but you can honestly wear this as is and when on, no one would notice the small flaws.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 24" from neck to dropped waist
Skirt: 37" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Evening dress with draped bodice in pink silk jersey and matching silk skirt from Valentino haute couture Fall/Winter 1984-85 collection. Photo by Mark Arbeit captured in Rome's via Condotti. / (2) Valentino 1984 evening gown, illustration by Tony Viramontes.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.