1980s OMO Norma Kamali Jersey Dramatic Sleeved Dress

This highly dramatic and unusual eighties set from Norma Kamali should probably be in a museum. It is certainly unusual enough to be the highlight of any exhibit that wants to show the extreme fashions of the eighties and unusual aspects and experimentation in design of this time period. The element of surprise here is of course the sleeves. They are insanely long. Once scrunched up on the arm as they are intended to be, they created a a design element on their own but just the idea of doing it in this particular manner is so fabulous. It really shows how she pushed the boundaries and was forging her own path. The entire set is made from her signature jersey that is so easy to wear and care for and drapes amazingly. The dress is loose and easy fitting with a dolman top that narrows to a more fitted hip. Over this is slung a pane of fabric that is gathered  and seamed at the end so that it sits on the shoulder. You can wear it on the side you prefer and could probably style it a dozen unusual ways if you wanted to get creative. It is so rare to find these earlier examples of her work in a complete set like this and this particular one is fabulous. Excellent condition.

Unlined, light stretch matte jersey in blue that slips on to wear. There is a hook and eye at the back of the neck. The draped overlay slips on and is a lopped panel of fabric. It is a slightly different hue then the dress and I believe this is intentional. I see a couple of small repairs on this overlay but they get lost in the folds once on. The loose and easy fit will allow it to be an almost one size fits all piece.

Sleeves: 51" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: open
Waist: open
Hips: 20-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48" from neck to hem

Looped Shawl
34-37" x 35"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD2503

Reference Photos: (1-3) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, for her weekly style column on our blog Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >  /  (4) Brooke Shields in Norma Kamali. Photo by Richard Avedon. Vogue US, June 1982.

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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