1980s Valentino Haute Couture Backless Red Dress & Jacket
This extraordinary set is done in that beautiful Valentino red and has the elegant cut and line you expect from him. The dress is beautifully cut and unexpectedly sexy with its bare expanse of skin at the back. From the front it is a simple shift with a high neckline that has simple straps that curve up and over each shoulder. It is constructed to skim over the body with a slight flare as it nears the hem and a piping at the waist to define the shape. At the back the straps cross over each other to suspend the dress and leave the back bare form the shoulder to the waist. The fabric used for both pieces is a beautiful silk crepe that give the pieces just enough weight to sculpt the shape Valentino desired. The jacket is as fantastic as a stand alone piece as it is as the completion of the set. It is cut to perfection with soft lines and a nipped in waist highlighted with a black bow draping that angle inwards to the front center. It then slightly flares out over the hip. No shortcut was taken in the construction and it is a stand out piece in every possible way. However much you think this looks fabulous in the photographs it is infinitely better in person. Excellent condition.
Both the dress and jacket are fully lined in a hand set red silk of very high quality. Proper finished buttonholes and jet beads on both cuffs. The jacket closes with hook & eye under the bow. The dress closes with a hand set zipper at the low back. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 21" from waist to hem
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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