1980s Valentino Haute Couture Plunging Red Silk Dress

This dress is amazing and a classic Valentino cut and silhouette. Of course it is also that famous reds that Valentino did, making it a beautiful example of his work. It is entirely done by hand and the silk is of the highest possible grade. It feels stupendous on. The top is beautiful with that refined sexiness that he excelled at. It is cut to be slightly loose fitting with slim cut sleeves that give it the perfect balance. The neckline is cut into a low plunge down the front and the waist is highlighted and cinched in with the wide sash that hooks into place. At the back it hooks at the neck and then is slit to the waist. The skirt wraps over itself and has beautiful curving lines that soften the strong shoulders and deep plunge. It is truly a brilliant dress and when you see it in person you will be astounded at the level of craftsmanship and care put into the construction. A masterpiece. In excellent condition.

The fabric is self lined and all the interior seams finished to couture standards. It closes with a low set back zipper with hook and eye at the back neck. It is open between neck and back. The sash closes with hook and eye. Each cuff buttons to close with two fabric covered buttons and loops. An inner waist stay and soft padding in the shoulders that have an unusual construction - each extends down and around in a loop that you put your arms through so the dress is held perfectly in place. Museum quality 

Sleeves: 24.5"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: the draping will allow up to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 29.5" from waist to hem
Sash: 28" end to and x 5" at the widest point

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2998

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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