thierry mugler

1980s Thierry Mugler One Shoulder Sculpted Orange Cotton Dress

I sold a white cotton pique version of this dress last year that ended up being a part of a wedding for my client, Paulina. I have included some of her photos here so you can get a sense of how these dresses look like on the body. This one is slightly different from the white - it is a smooth cotton fabric and the skirt is even all the way around. Because of that you can add a crinoline for a fuller look. They do share a similar sculpted bodice and this one is even more elaborate then the white was.

I love this dress by Thierry Mugler with its sculptural bodice that gives it a sense of high drama. That is in direct contrast to the cotton fabric that it is made of and I think that it is this contrast between the lines of the dress and the fabric choice that make the dress so fabulous. The amazing bright color is an added bonus. In real life that bright orange color is slightly more saturated and richer then how it photoed. It is a wonderful summer piece that still feels fresh and of this season despite its vintage heritage. The bodice is fitted and sculpted with that fabulous curving cut that loops over itself to form a keyhole. The other side curves up and around the shoulder for the perfect one shoulder silhouette. The interior of the bodice is finished with a stiffening fabric to keep its shape. This helps it to mold it to your frame and create shape. The waist is cinched in and then the skirt below is cut to be extremely full with yards and yards of fabric in it and the sweep extends to a full circle skirt. I have shown it without and without a crinoline underneath in the shots here and you can see how full it can get. It is wonderful. Excellent condition

Lined through the bodice with the same fabric and stiffened and molded with the seaming for support. It closes with a series of  snaps offset up the back. Pockets on each hip. Note that it did not close all the way on the mannequin and of course will close properly on the correct sized person. Crinoline not included

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: approx 16" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 26" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3446

Reference Photos: Paulina Ortega (@paulinapaige) in Thierry Mugler from Shrimpton Couture.

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