1970s Givenchy Red & White Floral Print Blue Jersey Summer 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 to his non-couture clients. It continued until 1992.
This dress is made from an easy to wear, synthetic jersey fabric in a deep blue. Many people are surprised to see pieces from the larger ateliers producing dresses using this fabric, but at the time this was a cutting edge fabric with all the promises of long life and easy care. High end designers like Givenchy were on the forefront of these developments in fabric. They were also practical as many of their clients traveled extensively and this fabric could be popped into a suitcase at one end and worn immediately upon arrival at the other. The dress has a simple cut with a pretty red and white floral print scattered over its surface. The neckline has a square cut with straps that curve up and over the shoulders. The bodice has been draped and gathered all the way around the torso. From the waist the skirt falls to the floor, gently widening out as it nears the hem. It is a gorgeous little piece that can easily go from day to evening with a change of accessories. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closes with a back zipper. Hand finishes and hand edged inner seams. Inner waist stay that closes with hook & eye. The fabric has some stretch
Bust: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from top of shoulder strap to waist
Skirt: 40" 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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