victor costa

1980s Victor Costa Strapless Jersey Dress w Iridescent Feather Bodice Detail

Victor Costa launched his label in 1974 and was known for producing versions of what was seen on the Paris runways. Costa chose good fabrics for his designs and even though his work was often very close interpretations of other designs he did add his own unique twist when it came to colours, cut and fabrics. Some of his work is quite lovely and this dress is one of the very good pieces that he did. 

This is such a great little dress. It is simple yet very striking with the feathers all around the bodice. The body of the dress is made from a black jersey and it is cut and shaped to follow your curves. The fabric has some thickness to it so that it keeps the exact shape that you see once on the body. The skirt has the illusion of being wrapped over itself at the front. It circles around the hips and wraps over itself at the front curving up from the hem. This leaves an overlapped opening so that you get a flash of leg when you move or sit. The waist is accented by a wide band of gathered fabric that starts at the top of the hips and goes right up to under the bust curving in for shape. Topping this is that wonderful strapless bodice that is made out of overlapped feathers. The feathers have this fantastic slightly green iridescent finish to then that catches the light from every angle. This creates a fantastical and whimsical feel that is fabulously bold and dramatic. Excellent condition

The dress is lined in the same jersey as the exterior and it closes with a back zipper. The inner waist stay closes with hook and eye. There is a light layer of padding through the bust and the bodice is lightly boned

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under the bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at top of hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from top of feathers to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3948

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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