A/W 1989 Antony Price Bottle Green Velvet Dress w Removeable Bows
Antony Price launched his self-named label in 1979 and quickly became know as one of the more glamorous designer of the eighties. His work tended to have a mix of femininity, high glamour and edginess. His designs showed off the body and often had dramatic, over-the-top finishing touches. You see an example of that on this dress from his Fall 1989 collection with its two large bow details that sit on the back of each draped shoulder. On the runway they were stiffened to heighten their drama but for retail the bows are softer and drape beautifully. The front of the bodice is cut low and wide across the neck. From there the velvet curves around the shoulder and and each shoulder is tied into a bow of matching velvet. You can wear these at the top of the shoulder, have them pushed down to drape and fall towards the back and have them act as a weight and show more skin there. Or, you can choose to not wear them at all for a more traditional feeling line. The back edge of the neckline is finished in elastic so it sits properly no matter where you decide to place the bows. The fabric is a deep bottle green cotton velvet whose color seems to be illuminated from within. The waist nips in and the skirt is cut to be slim and fitted. It is hard to really show off this dress on a mannequin to its full advantage but on a proper girl it is even more spectacular. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a back metal and nylon zipper. Appears unworn. Note that the provided reference photos are taken from the runway footage. Apologies for their low quality. You can see the dress in the video at about the 14:00 mark
Bust: 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11.5" from top of middle back to waist
Skirt: 24" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Stills from the video of the Antony Price A/W 1989 Runway Show.
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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