1970s Givenchy Bold Red & Blue Silk Chiffon One Shoulder Dress
In 1952, Givenchy founded his namesake house on Rue Alfred de Vigny in Paris and quickly rose to fame as one of the grand couturiers. 16 years later for the 1968-69 season, he added a ready-to-wear line of clothing and accessories called “Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique”. The line was initially sold in the United States exclusively through Bergdorf-Goodman stores and was eventually available at other retailers as well. The line was high end and extremely well made and made to appeal yo his non-couture clients. It continued until 1992.
This dress is from that line and the color combination is striking. It combines a bright, true red with a vivid royal blue for a bold contrast. It is entirely made of a textured silk chiffon and the contrast and impact is created solely by the mixing of the draped panels and those two opposing colors. It is not a dress for a wallflower. The cut has a Grecian feel to it and it is very light in weight so moves wonderfully once on. I love how the curves of the dress work in combination with each other to make the design beautiful to look at no matter what angle you see it from. The skirt flows to the floor with two layers of the red bias silk chiffon set over an inner silk lining. This gives it beautiful flow and a feeling of lightness and airiness. A panel of blue silk wraps around the waist and ties off to one side to trail down and contrast against the red. The bodice of the dress is cut to follow your curves and the hand placed, gathered chiffon is draped down and across the waist and bust to create a flattering line. Again you have that contrast in color with the panels switching from red to blue. The top panel on the bust is blue and this has a panel of silk attached at one side that drapes up and over the shoulder. This then falls like a long angel sleeve over the arm and to the floor. This dress really moves wonderfully when on and is quite beautiful and striking. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a red silk through the skirt and a blue silk through the bodice. It closes with a side set painted metal and nylon zipper. Hand finishes. Tagged a vintage 40
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips at inner lining: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of shoulder to inner waist seam
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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