1985 Valentino Haute Couture Backless Red Dress w Matching Bow Detailed Jacket

This is a beautiful example of Valentino's Haute Couture work that he was doing during the 1980s. The bow in particular was an important element of the collections that year and it is the highlight on this set as well. 

Both the dress and the jacket have been made out of a fine light silk crepe that is done in that signature Valentino red.  The dress is beautifully cut and unexpectedly sexy with its bare expanse of skin at the back. From the front it is a simple shift with a high neckline. Straps are set to curve up and over each shoulder, crossing over themselves and then are set into the small of the back. The back is left bare from the shoulder to the waist. The front bodice follows the shape of the body underneath and the skirt falls with a slight flare as it nears the hem. Piping at the waist to add some shape and definition. The jacket is fantastic and you will want to wear it as a stand alone piece as well as part of the set. It is cut to perfection with softly padded shoulders that are set wide and a nipped in waist. The fabric is all gathered in towards the centre of the waist and is highlighted with his signature black bow set at the centre. The jacket is in excellent condition and there is a note to review about the dress below

Both the dress and jacket are fully lined in a hand set red silk of very high quality. Proper finished buttonholes and jet beads on both cuffs. The jacket closes with hook & eye under the bow. The dress closes with a hand set zipper at the low back and the stars button and snap into place. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. There is a very faint mark on the bodice of the dress. Please see the photos after the label shot.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 21" from waist to hem

Sleeves: 22.5"
Shoulders: 17.5"
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2839

Reference Photo: Models in Valentino. Photo by Guy Bourdin for Vogue Paris, 1985.

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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