1970s Lanvin Demi-Couture Black Draped Jersey Corseted Bodice Dress

This dress is made out of a rich black silk jersey that gives it that beautiful draping effect that you see. Its rich pleats and the way that the fabric is draped and placed gives it a touch of a Madame Gres feel and it is insanely beautiful. It has both a refined simplicity and yet is is very complex at the same time. The depth that the jersey creates adds to this while the fabric is still soft enough that it retains a sensual feel. The dress flows to the floor in a long and dramatic swoop of jersey. The skirt is set under the corseted top in a way that when you are standing perfectly still it falls in perfectly soft rounded pleats. This is very difficult to achieve with this type of fabric. The bodice is shaped and softly boned so that it has a more structured.feel to it and this is added to by the high peaks of the front bodice. The jersey is draped over this and crosses over the bust in the most beautiful of ways. The sleeves are very unusual. Each is a single layer of jersey with a peaked part created near the shoulders. You could wear then up and on the shoulders but I think they are best worn when they are left draped down and off the shoulders. This leaves the shoulders completely bare and that peaked cut  on each of them turns into a soft, wide draped along the upper arms. The cuffs narrow in for a simple finish. The dress is finished with lots of handwork and high quality construction technoques. The photos do not come near to how amazing this dress is in person. Excellent condition

The bodice is fully lined in black silk and the skirt unlined. It closes with a hidden set side painted metal zipper. Boning through the sides and bodice. Hand finishes throughout. Tagged a 38. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.

Sleeves: approx 24"
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: approx 15" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 46" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3472

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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