1970s Strapless Black Silk Lanvin Dress

A late seventies, early eighties silk strapless dress from Lanvin! The silk has a self floral print running through it - black on black - and the bodice is strapless and lightly boned for structure. It has a dramatic pointed bust line and I love how the flat pleat detail follows those points and really gives the illusion of a corseted waist. This is a dress that is all about the details. Tiny flat rows of pleating cover the bust and are repeated through the waistline - note how each pleat lines up perfectly with its counterpart on the other side of each seam where they meet. The skirt is a phenomenal - it is constructed of the same silk done in tight knife pleats - each perfectly aligned and the exact size of the one next to it. They are also the same width as the detailing in the bodice! The contrast of the corseted bodice with the swingy, sexy pleated skirt is amazing! All silk inside and out, this is highly collectible and wonderfully constructed. Excellent condition.

Bust: 17" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice length: 18" from top of bust to lowest point of waist seam
Skirt length: 16" from lowest point of waist seam to bottom hem

The bodice is fully lined in black silk and the skirt is unlined. It closes with a side hidden zipper. The bodice is lightly boned and the inside is hand finished.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# 2-DD391

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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