c1978 Nina Ricci Haute Couture Lesage Beaded Red Silk Chiffon Dress
The Nina Ricci Haute Couture house was founded in 1932, at 20 Rue de Capucines in Paris and became one of the pre-eminent couture ateliers in the world. In 1964, Gérard Pipart succeeded Jules-François Crahay, Nina Ricci's former designer assistant who took over the atelier in 1954. Over the following three decades, his Haute Couture vision "celebrated a flamboyant woman and his ready-to-wear found a loyal following among the most stylish women of the day." This late seventies gown is a wonderful example of Piparts vision for the house and is a stunning example of the work that the atelier was producing during this time period. The gown is made of from a fine silk chiffon that has been dyed to the perfect red. Every stitch is done by hand and the hours that would have been put just into the hand rolling and stitching of all the edges on the various layers on the skirt alone are mind-boggling. The skirt is wonderful with four layers of bias silk layered in tiers and cut to curve up slightly at the front and dip down longer at the back. The layers of silk create a beautiful sense of movement and lightness when you move. The Lesage beaded bodice is beautiful. It is densely beaded by hand in a pretty floral pattern all the way around. This is suspended from the shoulders by tiny silk straps. Along the very top edge of the neckline at the front is an attached panel of silk chiffon that wraps up and around the neck leaving the silk to trail down the back. This little extra detail creates a bit of high drama and intrigue to the design. Excellent condition with one item to note below.
The gown is fully lined in red silk chiffon and closes with a back, hand set, zipper. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely made by hand. Note that there are two small areas of a darkened spot on both sides of the attached silk panels (see photos). Depending on how this is tied and styled it does not necessarily show. Haute Couture label present and made to couture standards.
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from neck to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Quote and historical info on the house is taken from the Nina Ricci Website
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.