1980s Nina Ricci Liquid Gold Stretch Lame Jersey Dance Dress
This is an incredible Nina Ricco Haute Boutique dress that was most likely made to order on request. It is certainly in synch with the dance craze of that time period. It almost has that exact cut of a dance or ballet-inspired fit and flare dress but with a more sophisticated twist. The dress is made out of a stretch lame jersey that molds to the body like a glove. The bodice is scooped with a shaped neckline and seaming to highlight the bust. It clings to the bodice and glides over the rib cage and waist. Then at the hips, the fabric suddenly is given volume. The way that this is created is genius. There are no seams and yet as if by magic, soft curving 'pleats' seem to suddenly appear. The skirt has quite a bit of fabric in it to move as you do and create volume. The fabric seems to be coated in the gold and the effect is of molded liquid poured over the body until the skirt flares out. It is quite wonderful. Excellent condition with one tiny note below.
Unlined and slips on to wear with no closures. Tagged a vintage 36 but the fabric does have some stretch. The measurements below are the comfortable range lying flat. This should fit from about a 0-2 - smaller sided 6. Very minor rubbing of the fabric to the edges of the neckline and arms but the base is black an the gold on top give it a bit of an antiqued feel so it looks perfectly fine on.
Bust: 14-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 57" from top of shoulder 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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