1980s Chanel by Karl Lagerfel Black Silk Chiffon Dress w Gold Button Detailing
This dress has had the part of the label that tells the collection date removed at some point in its history but I believe it is from the later 1980s based on the styles and similarities to other dresses I have previously had in the shop from that period. Regardless of its exact date it is definitely Karl's work and it is a gorgeous example of his work. It is a very easy to wear dress and of course Chanel is never a bad idea.
This Chanel dress is so pretty. It is made out of a black silk chiffon that gives the dress its play on different transparencies that make up the design. It is light in weight and wonderfully easy to wear. Despite its light weight the fabric still has enough substance to hold the cut and give it the wonderful shape that you see. The bodice of the dress is sleeveless and cut to skim over you. A single layer sits over the bodice to the high scooped neckline and then there is a second layer under that to cover the breasts. The top layer then curves over the shoulder and plunges to the waist band in a deep open V. From just under the bust to the waist is a wide gathered 7" band made from gathered silk chiffon. I love how the gathers are set horizontally so it breaks the vertical lines of the dress and becomes a design detail in itself. The skirt falls for under there and it is made up of several curving panels of the silk chiffon that are set around the waist. The opaqueness is created by them being layered over each other but when you move or sit you get a flash of a subtle transparency that is fabulous. The lightness of the silk allows it to flare out and the movement that the layers give the dress has once it is on is incredible. The front is curved up so that is is slightly shorter then the back. At the back it zips to close and then has a row of tightly spaced gold toned Chanel buttons running all the way up the back. The construction is immaculate and it looks to have been worn very little if at all. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition
Lined as described above through the bodice and it zips to close at the back with a row of buttons over the zipper closure. It looks to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11.5" from top of shoulder to top seam of waist banding
Waist band: 7"
Skirt: 26" from bottom seam of the waist band to shortest point of the front hem, 41" to the longest point at the back
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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