thierry mugler

1990s Thierry Mugler Couture Bright Pink Metallic Lurex One Shoulder Dress w High Slit

Thierry Mugler launched his label in 1974 and steadily gained notoriety with his shocking and avant garde designs. In 1992 he became an invited member of the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. He was known for using innovative fabrics and the theatricality of his runway presentations. He once stated that couture is 'the materialization of dream-like visions in fabric form'. This is an exceptional example of his work and in person is even more beautiful then how it looks here. 

Mugler's pieces always have a sense of high drama and otherworldliness to them and this one is no exception. The fabric choice gives it an almost space age feel and yet it at the same time hearkens back to the days of Old Hollywood. The dress is made out of a vivid pink metallic silk lurex jersey that has a subtle iridescent metallic sheen to it. This catches the light so that the entire dress shimmers at your slightest movement. The cut of the dress has a strong nod to the thirties with its bias cut and draped lines. The bodice of the dress is set on an angle with the fabric draped up and towards the single shoulder that the entire dress is suspended from. The top of the shoulder is caught up with a triple loop of a metal snake chain. This adds startling contrast to the pink and also leaves more skin exposed on the top of the shoulder. More of the same metal chain is set on the opposite hip where it is used to catch and gather up the fabric. The chain wraps all around the side of the waist on that side. The fabric is looped around that to create a beautiful cascading effect down the entire side of the dress. Under that is an extremely high slit so that when you walk or sit you get a flash of bare leg high to the thigh. The dress is cut very long and at the back it is has a slight trained effect. The lightness of the fabric lets the entire dress flow wonderfully around you and it really plays with the light. The colour is far better in person and the fabric has a texture and feel to it that cannot be conveyed by the camera. A really exception piece. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in the same fabric through the bust and the skirt is lined in a red silk. The dress closes with a hidden set zipper at the side. Both of the chains details loop and snap into place under fabric folds so you do not see the closures. Inner waist stay. Hand finishes. Tagged a 40. 

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist stay: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam, 13.5" if you don't hook the stay closed
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from shoulder to front hem, 66" to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2565

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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