claude montana

1980s Claude Montana Body Hugging Black Jersey Dress

This fabulous little black dress is by Claude Montana. Montana designed for strong woman and his pieces always pushed the envelope and defined the female form as he wished it to be. This strapless number with its dramatic halter scarf neckline is gorgeous. The dress is a sleek sheath of jersey that has just a touch of stretch to it so that it is thick and structured enough to define shape but not so thick as to be heavy or uncomfortable. Montana was a genius at creating structure with this type of "bandage" jersey while still allowing the body to be able to move freely. These thicker jerseys that really allowed the designers to give pieces a more structural shape were a cutting edge fabric in the late 80s and early 90s - Tom Ford also used a version in some of his early Gucci collections. It holds you in and sculpts the body but without the elastic of a true "bandage" dress.  The bodice is strapless and a slit up the back center allows you to be able to walk. The neckline has a thin halter strap that glides around the neck and hook into place behind the center of the front bodice. A small loop is set in the center front and through this drapes that incredibly ling silk chiffon scarf piece. I have ties this up and around the neck but you could probably get clever and style this in numerous ways. Excellent condition

Unlined with an extra seamed, finished interior bust made of the same jersey as the body of the dress and light boning on the sides. Closes with a back metal and nylon zipper. Tagged a size 40.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 52" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2670

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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