1982 Guy Laroche Haute Couture Floral Print Silk Chiffon Strapless & Caped Back Dress
Guy Laroche began working for Jean Desses in 1949 and eventually launched his own Haute Couture label in 1957 as a full member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Parisienne. He became known for his color sense and the young, sexy look of his clothes. In 1985 he won the Haute Couture Golden Thimble award and two years later he was awarded the insignia of Chevalier de L’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur. His second Golden Thimble was given posthumously after his death in 1989. This dress is original Laroche and it is a beautiful example of the work he was doing in Couture. Laroche once was quoted as saying “It is my intention to try and adapt haute couture to modern requirements: to make dresses that are simple and chic.”
This is a spectacular example of his work and a simply beautiful dress in its own right. It was lent to Hannah Bronfman and I love that you can see just how gorgeous it is on her. It is also the actual runway sample and has a written tag identifying it as such. Carla is also written on it and I suspect that it may have been Carla Bruni who wore this one as she often modeled for him. I hope one day to find its runway photo and will send it to the new owner when I do.
This is a dress that makes you draw in your breath the first time that you see it. The dress is made out of a very fine silk chiffon that is printed with a stunning floral print in a colour that lies partway between a red and a pink. The dress is strapless and the bodice is covered with hand draped silk that is gathered in towards the center and secured with a little silk piping in the same fabric. The dress falls to the floor from there and the fabric that makes up the front part of the dress is incredible. It is the same silk as the back and bodice but is has been gathered and hand sewn onto a puffed fabric. This gives it this incredible texture. The print is the exact same but has a completely different look when it is gathered like that. There is this incredible contrast between the gathered silk and the silk that is not treated in this manner. The puffed fabric has beautiful movement and drape. It falls softly over the inner lining and moves with you when you move. The back of the dress is finished in an almost cape like detail and it is spectacular. It falls outwards from the top edge and he attached it down the sides so that it still billows out behind you when you move but falls in a stunning column when you stand still. There are two very long panels of fabric that run down on either side of the zipper at the back. These are attached along the top and are extended from the front bodice. You can use them to style the dress several different ways. I have photoed a few that I came up with and you could probably come up with even more. I love that it gives you options and extends the wearability of the dress. There are endless couture level details put into this one and the workmanship throughout is perfectly and meticulously done. It is an amazing example of the fine workmanship and attention to detail of Haute Couture and it is a true piece of fashion history. Excellent condition with one minor note below
The dress is fully lined in an ivory silk. There is a full built in and boned corset in the bodice. This is the original runway sample and it has its hand written and numbered tag present. Hand finished to couture standard throughout. It closes with a hand set, back zipper. I see a tiny bit of wear the silk at the edge of the top of the zipper. Please see the photo after the label shot
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with a A-B cup
Inner waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from top of bodice to front hem, 58" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: Hannah Bronfman in this 1982 Guy Laroche styled by Sarah Slutsky.
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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