isabelle allard

1980s Isabel Allard Paris Plunge Dress w Velvet and Huge Tassel Detail

This is a stunning dress by the French designer Isabelle Allard. It has a real French feel about it and effortlessly combines the different elements used in its construction. The shoulder are padded and string and the front plunges right to where the high waistline is set. The sleeves are set from the shoulder to the top if that waistline as well and then taper in as they near the wrist. The skirt is the same light wool jersey that the top is made out of. In between there is a formed and fitted banding of black velvet, braiding, beads and tassels. Just under the plunge sit two bands of velvet separated by rows of dangling, glossy black beads set along strips of black braiding. The hips are then circled with a panel of black velvet that is detailed in the same way around its edges, This is cut to end in points that circle around the entire dress. At each highest point and at each lowest a silk tassel is set to give the dress even more movement. It is even better on the body and much better in person. Excellent condition

The skirt has an inner black silk lining and the top is unlined. Padding in each shoulder and closes with a back zipper. Tagged a size 38 but seems to be cut generously

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: approx 16" to ends of padding that are set to extend slightly beyond the natural shoulder
Bust: no true side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice to top waist seam, then 5" for the banding
Skirt: 20" from bottom of the banding at the waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3174

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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