victor costa

1970s Victor Costa Iridescent Deep Burgundy Purple Silk Taffeta Dress with Strapless Ruffled Neckline

Victor Costa launched his label in 1974 and was known for producing versions of what was seen on the Paris runways. This dress would have been made based on pieces that Yves Saint Laurent was doing in this time frame. Costa chose good fabrics for his designs and even though his work was often very close interpretations of other designs he did add his own unique twist when it came to colours, cut and fabrics. Some of his work is quite lovely and this dress is one of the very good pieces that he did. 

This is one of my personal favorites of the Victor Costa pieces I have had come into the shop. The fact that it is a play on the work of Yves Saint Laurent plays a part in that opinion. The dress is well made and is a really great value for your dollar. It gives you the runway look of the seventies for a great price. It is made from a stunning silk taffeta that gives it just enough weight and structure to be able to create the impressive lines and volume that you see but without making the dress heavy or bulky to wear. It also gives the dress the most amazing slightly iridescent finish. As you move and the fabric catches the light you get a subtle change in the colour and it is quite a stunning detail in itself. The bodice is fitted and strapless and cut to curve and shape the bust. Circling around the top portion of the bust is an elaborate ruffled finish that is made of two panels of taffeta stacked on top of each other. The waist nips in and the dress comes with its original tie belt in a matching fabric that allows you to cinch the waist in further. The skirt falls to the floor from there and has yards of fabric in it that create the fullness and volume that you see. The skirt falls in a gently widening line and is finished by a pleated ruffled that goes all the way around the hem. For the first main set of full length photos I photoed it with a light crinoline underneath and then the last two full length shots are of the dress without anything under it. I love everything about it. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a the same fabric through the bodice and the skirt is unlined. The bodice is lightly boned and shaped with stiffening fabric. The dress closes with a back zipper. Original matching fabric tie belt. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. The color in person has a slightly more purple tone to it then how it photoed. It is even better in person. The crinoline used on the first shots is not included

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice ruffles to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3460

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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