Documented Spring 1987 Valentino Haute Couture Red Silk Crepe Dress w Bow Details

The dress comes directly from the original couture client and is in immaculate condition. The twin of it walked the runway for the Spring 1987 Haute Couture presentation and my client ordered this identical dress from that show. This is an exceptional example of Valentino's Haute Couture work that he was doing during the 1980s. Finding pieces from this time period in such immaculate condition is a rarity and I am very pleased to have this beautiful dress in the shop. I am also very pleased to have the runway shot of it for reference.

The lines of the dress are beautiful and I am glad to have that runway shot so that you can see just how wonderful it is on an actual body. Couture pieces are sometimes difficult to truly show in a photo as they are meant to highlight and show off the body and only truly come to life when worn. The fabric is a light silk crepe and it is cut to drape perfectly over the body, skimming over your curves to flatter and fit perfectly. The color is absolutely fantastic. It is his signature clear red that flatters most skin tones. It is a better shade of red in person then how it has photoed. If you know Valentino's work, then you know this red already. The top is sleeveless and angles in towards the high collar. There is a long band of fabric that runs down one side from the collar to the top of the hip and all of the fabric on either side is set to gather in towards that band. A large flat bow its at the top of the band and and I love how the shoulder is left bare beside it to really showcase the bow. A second bow sits at the bottom of the band so that you are wrapped in silk and finished up with those pretty and feminine touches Under there the skirt falls to the floor with in an expansive amount of fabric. It is cut on a curve all the way around and comes up shorter in the front. The back hem is cut longer so you get a slight bit of a trained effect there. The amount of fabric in the skirt is tremendous but its so light that it falls long and sleek when you are standing but can expand out almost to a full circle skirt if you twirl. The entire bottom edge is finished with a red silk satin banding. It is just stunning on the body and an amazing example of his earlier Haute Couture work. Excellent condition. 

The bodice and top portion of the skirt are lined in a fine red silk. Done with Haute Couture construction techniques and closes with a hidden set zipper under the front panel of fabric and then has silk covered snaps & hook one eye. Inner waist stay hooks to close. 

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" from neck to shortest point of the front hem, 61" to the longest point of the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3579

Reference Photo: (1) Dalma for Valentino SS 1987 Haute Couture.  /  (2) Model in Valentino Haute Couture, 1987, Photo by Francois Lamy.

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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