1980s Vicky Tiel Couture Pink & Greem Silk Chiffon Dress w Bead & Sequin Bodice
Vicky Tiel was backed by Elizabeth Taylor as a young designer after working on the costumes for 'Whats New Pussycat'. After a stint with a partner she launched her self named label in Paris in 1970. She as one of the very early boutique owner/designer that offered a ready-to-wear option in Paris. That said, her clothes often walk a fine line between ready-to-wear and couture in terms of their construction and techniques used. By the mid to late seventies her style had developed into the ultra sexy and feminine clothing that she is now known best for. By the eighties and into the nineties, she had a cult celebrity following. This is a stunning example of just how gorgeous and dramatic her work could get.
The dress is gorgeous and it is cut to highlight all of your curves. I love that it is made out of silk chiffon and that is is done in the prettiest colours. So many of her pieces are black and have that very dark sensual feel to them. It is a real treat to see her more romantic feeling work and use of colour while still keeping her signature sexiness. One of her signatures was a dress that is strapless and you could easily tuck the tiny silk straps in on this one so you can wear it either way. In 1985 People Magazine declared her to be 'the Queen of the strapless dress' and her dresses were a favourite on the red carpet. The body of the dress is made of an extensively draped silk chiffon that has been entirely hand set into place to create the layers that you see. These are hand set into place and cover the entire dress. It is cut to be very fitted at the top of the bodice where it is meant to hug your curves. The silk is gathered to highlight the shape even more. The cups of the dress are finished with a dramatic beaded and sequin design and this same design peaks out again at the back. More bead and sequin work sits just to one side where some of the silk is gathered up for added detailing. I love the cascading effect the silk has as it falls in the different layers and lengths down the body. The changing of the silk from a pink to that beautiful sea green just adds to its beauty. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a pink silk and pink silk chiffon and closes with a back metal and nylon zipper. Light boning on the sides of the bodice. Hand finishes throughout and very well made. I see one pinhead size mark on the back near the zipper. Please see the photo after the label shot. The silk is bias cut so there is some give
Bust: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of straps to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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