1980s Jacqueline Ribes Demi-Couture Silk Dress W Removable Collar
The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a Jacqueline de Ribes exhibit in 2015-16, giving her work an extra dose of much needed attention. De Ribes was know as "on of the most celebrated fashion personas of the 20th century". She began making dresses for herself and eventually opened her own label in 1982 at the age of 53, producing collections for the next 12 years.
This is a gorgeous black silk dress with a removable collar that looks like it was made at a couture level. Her signature preference for black and white is combined with a beautiful high grade silk and a dramatic flare. The dress is made of a fine silk and the construction is marvelous. It is cut to sit in a simple sheath with just a nod tot he waist as it curves in slightly there. The sleeves are kept long and slim and the neckline on the dress itself is cut in a sharp angular cut. When the dress is worn on its own it has a very austere feel to it. This is not all to the dress though, it has that dramatic cream silk collar that you may add and this collar takes it from simple to striking. The collar is pleated and flared and cleverly snaps into place with a series of hidden snaps all around the inner neck. Excellent condition with one small item to note in the description below.
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a hand set back zipper that is built along the front side seam. The removable collar snaps and hooks into place. Each cuff closes with a hand set zipper. I see one teeny smudge of a spot inside a fold on the collar but once on you would be hard pressed to find it.
Sleeves: 23.5" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39.5" from neck to hem
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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