1980s Lanvin by Jules-Francois Crahay Strapless Black Dress w Hip Peplum
This dress was designed by Belgian-born Jules-Francois Crahay, who headed the Lanvin ateliers from 1964-1984. His time at the Lanvin label is one of my personal favourites for the house. He pushed the envelope in terms of using cutting edge fabrics available during this time period and his designs ranged from high fantasy and print-work to amazingly wearable and timeless pieces like this. It is stunning in person and think it is even better then the photos do it justice.
The dress is made from a black moire finished silk mix in a black on black design. The finish lets it subtly catch the light from every angle while still feeling elegant and not too over-the-top. The bodice is strapless and lightly boned for structure. It has a pretty curved and scalloped pattern around the top edge for a little unexpected detailing. It is meant to fit snug to you and then nips in at the waist. Under that the skirt is cut in this fantastic tulip shape. It is quite full and open through the hips and then it comes in to narrow down as it reached the hem. Over this is an 8" wide peplum that circles all the way around the hips and is cut and set so that it flares out a bit to add to the exaggerated feel the hips have. It is gorgeous and looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in black silky rayon and closes with a side hidden zipper. The bodice is lightly boned. Hand finishes throughout.
Bust: 16.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice length: 8.5" from top of bust to waist
Skirt length: 21" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML
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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