1980s Unlabelled Jacqueline de Ribes Pink Floral Print Silk Dress
The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a Jacqueline de Ribes exhibit in 2015-16, giving her work an extra dose of much needed attention. De Ribes was know as 'one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the 20th century'. She began making dresses for herself and eventually opened her own label in 1982 at the age of 53, producing collections for the next 12 years.
This beautiful print silk dress looks like it could have just stepped off the runway. Her signature long and lean lines are combined with a genius cut and a inner foundation that shapes and molds the body. The dress is made out of a fine silk that has a vibrant floral design that combines a bright pink, red, deep raspberry and green. The effect of all those brilliant colors together is wonderful. The bodice is fitted with hand placed, soft gathers the lie over an inner, built in, foundation that curves over and past the hips on the interior. This gives you both shape and support. Wide silk straps curve up and over the shoulders and pick up the gathered detailing on the bodice. The back plunges low leaving your back bare and I love how it is squared off. The waist nips in and the skirt flows to the floor in a long line of fabric from there. At the back, the skirt has a high slit to allow you to walk and move easily. Inside the dress is finished to demi-couture standards and by hand. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.
Fully interlined in a white silk and closes with a hand set back zipper. A panel of fabric crosses the back and hooks into place. The inner bust has a full to the hip corseted interior with built in cups, boning and a waist stay. There is no de Ribes label present but it has the correct hand written style/fabric tag for her pieces
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60.5" from neck 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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