1970s Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld Black Silk Chiffon Tiny Knife Pleated Empire Bodice Dress

This dress is from the time period when Karl Lagerfeld was the designer for the Chloe label. I love that this one even has its original hand written label that outlines the fabric and style. Examples of Karl's work during this time period are held in museums around the world and are rare finds. Their place in fashion history is even more entrenched with his recent passing.

This dress is wonderful. In person it is even better then how it photoed. It is always a struggle to show you how perfect a simple back dress is and it is really when it is on an actual body that it will transform and really be showcased. The lower part of the dress that falls from the empire bodice really has tremendous movement that is not conveyed in a still photograph. The actual cut of the dress is kept simple and perfect. It is made out of a fine black silk chiffon that is as light as air. The bodice is a cut in a simple scoop across both the front and the back. The dress is suspended from tiny straps that curve up and around each shoulder. The waist is seamed and set a little higher up to give the dress an empire feel. The skirt falls to the floor from there. The pleats that it is made out of allow it to skim over the hips and then it gently widens out as it reached the hem. The entire skirt is made out of a series of precise, perfectly exact knife pleats. They are what gives it some volume and a ton of movement when you move. The pleats are the only embellishment and it is the starkness and simplicity of this dress that make the statement. The inner skirt is finished in a nude chiffon and all of the work is done by hand and to couture standards. I love it so much and it is pure magic once on an actual body. Excellent overall condition with a note to review below

The bodice is a double layer of the silk chiffon and the skirt is lined in a nude silk chiffon. It closes at the back with a snap and hooks. Hand finished interior to couture standards. Some of the pleats have softened towards the bottom of the skirt. Please see the two photos after the label shot. I think you could move the hooks and snaps at the back to get another inch or so if needed

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
High set waist seam: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from neck to high set waist
Skirt: 45" from high set waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent:  XS-SML

Item# DD3749

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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