1973 Hubert de Givenchy Haute Couture One Shoulder Dress w Cape Overlay
The twin of this dress is held in the permanent archives of The Metropolitan Museum. It would not surprise me to find out that these were the only two version made of this dress as true Haute Couture pieces were never prodiued in any significant quantities. It is as wearable now as it was when first made and feels very modern. It is entirely finished by hand and is from the time period when the house was run by Hubert de Givenchy himself. Finding vintage examples of Haute Couture is always very special and this is a wonderful, well documented piece showcasing Givenchy's work during this time period.
The dress is made of a deep blue grey silk crepe. It is cut with a strong nod to the classic Grecian silhouette that leaves one shoulder exposed and bare. The construction details throughout the dress are exquisite. The bodice has been gathered by hand to create a series of soft gathers that run from shoulder to waist and follow the cut of the neckline as it angles up towards that single shoulder. This adds a beautiful texture to the bodice of the dress without having to divert from his chosen color or fabric. The waist is defined waist by a slim cut gold leather cord that wraps and ties to add shape. The skirt falls below this in a slim column to the floor. Set over the skirt is a panel of fabric that is cut so that it angles softly down one side, picking up the angle of the shoulder. Slipping over this goes a cape, made from the same fabric. No shortcut was taken in the construction and it is a stand out piece in every possible way. Even better in person. Excellent condition with a few small notes below to review.
The dress is fully lined in a hand set blue silk of very high quality. There is a wide waist stay that hooks at the inner waist. It closes with a hand set, side painted metal zipper and from the waist down there are hidden set snaps that close the fabric of the skirt over the zipper. The bodice is lightly boned and there are small pads handset inside the bust. The cape is unlined and slips over the head to wear. There are some light snags in the fabric here and there and some small areas pf darkening on the skirt overlay - the snags are most noticeably on the back of the skirt near the bottom - these are seen most when it is laid out flat but once on the color and placement make all of them negligible. It is mentioned for accuracy and taken into consideration when priced. Haute Couture tape label #55417
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of shoulder strap to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
39" from neck to longest point of hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: 1973 Givenchy Evening Dress from The MET Collection.
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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