Brilliant 1971 Andre Courreges Black Velvet Jumpsuit w Silver Studs & Zip Front
This is a remarkable example of Courreges and the work that Andre was doing during that time period. I know we often associate his work with very mod and short pieces but he also did these more utilitarian pieces and he did them well. I am sometimes more excited to find these more unusual pieces from him then the more classic ones associated with his name. A version of this one in orange resides in the Museum of Decorative Arts. Having a museum reference and date on it makes it even more special as so many of his pieces don't have any provenance.
The jumpsuit is made out of a black cotton velvet with a very flat pile that gives it a wonderful depth and deep inky black colour. It is cut to skim over the body and has an easy to wear feel. The waist has a fuller cut and then there is a cord that runs through and around the the waist. This allows you to cinch it in or leave is looser. It skims over the hips and then each leg is cut straight and wide. Depending on how tall you are they will end at the ankle or below. The pocket details with their silver studs are really what make this piece. Top set pockets are set low on the front just above the waist seam. These are decorative only but do have workable snaps. Slanted pockets with the same stud detailing sit along each hip and these are functional. Then there are two more pockets at the back which are also functional and have the silver studs there as well. I love that little flap at the back that closes with its own stud and adds just a touch of shape and added detail. The front zips to close from below the waist to the top of the neck. This lets you zips it as high or as low as you dare and completely changes the feel from utilitarian to being very sexy. It is gorgeous. It can be worn with flats or boots for day or heels for night. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and zips to close at the front. Tagged a Courreges 00. It looks to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: to 17 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from neck to hem of pants with 2" turned under the hem
Inseam: 29" from hem up
Full Rise from neck: 29.75" from back neck to inner seam
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photo: 1971 Courreges Jumpsuit from the Museum of Decorative Arts collection.
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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