1980s Michaele Vollbracht Too Printed Silk Skirt & Top Set
Michaele Vollbracht worked for three of the American greats, Geoffrey Beene, Donald Brooks, and Norman Norell, before turning to fashion illustration and eventually launching his first collection under his own name in 1978. In 1981 he added a ready-to-wear line called Vollbracht Too of which this set is from. His label almost instantly became a favorite and he seemed unstoppable until he unexpectedly lost his backing in 1985 and by 1987 his label was shuttered and closed. All of his pieces have his trademark, self designed fabrications that show his love of illustration. Most are on light weight silk like this set is, a fabric choice perfect to transfer his prints onto while maintaining the colors he was after. He loved to splash huge graphics across the fabric and the patterns would be set to follow the lines of the garment. This two piece top and skirt set is a great example of that and you can see how the design has been placed to follow the cut. The top is cut full and easy through the body and can be worn loose or tucked into the skirt. The sleeves are full above their wide buttoned cuffs and there is a small tie at the neck. This goes with a skirt whose pattern matches the top. The waist is cinched in and the cut is full below that. There is an inverted pleat that runs down the front center to give the skirt volume when you move and also give you an unexpected flash of more print. The pockets are amazing and set on top of the skirt at each side. Each has its own design that perfectly matches it shape. I love the subtle dot pattern that runs through the silk and acts as the perfect finishing touch. Excellent condition
Both the top and skirt are unlined. The top closes with buttons down the front and has a small attached tie at the neck. Each sleeve is finished with a row of tightly spaced buttons that are decorative only. The skirt closes with a zipper and flat hook & eye on the waistband. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Fabric is signed.
Sleeves: approx 23"
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 18" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 18" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 26" from neck to hem
Waist: 13" flat across from seam to seam
Hips: to 24" across
Length: 32" from waist 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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