victor costa

1970s Victor Costa Black Full Skirted Dotted Net & Velvet Bow Dress

This is a very eye catching dress by Victor Costa.  The dress combines a soft black velvet with a dotted net fabric and I love these two fabrics work together. It has a princess length skirt that is quite full. This is created by placing the net fabric over an inner layer of black rayon taffeta. The volume primarily comes from the netting  and how that is been inserted in and around the waist seam. In real life it feels even fuller then how it photoed. You could also add a crinoline under the skirt if you really wanted to to get  even more fullness and more towards that fifties cupcake shape.  The bodice is a more fitted velvet that is lightly boned to give shape and structure to the bust. It is finished with a curved sweetheart neckline. Attached into this is the upper part of the bodice that is made of the same doted netting of the skirt but for this part of the dress it is left unlined. The sleeves are fabulous. Each is tremendously full and gathered for maximum volume. The final finishing touch is a sweet little bow fused into the netting that sits on the upper chest. It is a real little beauty. Excellent condition with one minor note to review below

The skirt has an inner lining of silky rayon taffeta  and the bodice is lined in the same. Light boning through the bodice and it closes with a back painted nylon and metal zipper with buttons above that to the neck. There is one tiny break in one layer only of the netting on the front right above the corner of the velvet bow. Please review the photo provided after the label shot

Sleeves: 18"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 19" from neck to slightly dropped waist
Skirt: 30" from slightly dropped waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3191

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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